Leeds International Film Festival present and support screenings and events year-round across the city and beyond. Our March 2019 line-up includes a whole day of LIFF audience favourites at Belgrave Music Hall, acclaimed new British films at Everyman Leeds, and a double bill of stunning mountain films at Vue in The Light.

Purchase tickets for Meru and Free Solo to get a 25% discount on each. 

Chuck Norris vs. Communism
Sunday 17 March 14:00 | Belgrave Music Hall
2015 | United Kingdom, Romania | Dir: Ilinca Calugareanu | 1hr 18min | 15 [S] 
In 1980s Romania, Western movies smashed through the Iron Curtain opening a window into the free world for those who dared to look. This fascinating and inspiring documentary tells the story of a black-market VHS racketeer and a courageous female translator who brought the magic of film to the people and helped to spark a revolution.

Dave Made A Maze
Sunday 17 March 16:00 | Belgrave Music Hall  
2017 | USA | Dir: Bill Watterson | 1hr 20min | 15  
When his girlfriend Annie goes away on a trip, slacker twenty-something Dave is given one job - fix the apartment door handle. Instead he decides to build a labyrinth out of cardboard boxes in the living room. But this is no ordinary maze; the labyrinth has taken on a life of its own and now Dave is trapped inside.

One Cut of the Dead
Sunday 17 March 20:00 | Belgrave Music Hall
2017 | Japan | Dir: Shin’ichirô Ueda | 1hr 26min | 15 [S]
A cast of relative unknowns, a brilliantly disguised low budget and an epic, 37-minute opening single take makes Shin'ichirô Ueda's feature debut a bright, breezy and laugh-out-loud hilarious zombie comedy. Packed with meta-movie references as mocking as they are loving, this relentless takedown of the Living Dead genre is a total blast.

Triple F-Rated Shorts 
Monday 18 March 18:00 | Belgrave Music Hall
2016, 2017 | Dir: Marianne Farley, Zoe Kinross, Olga Chajdas, Farnoosh Samadi, Alba Tejero | Canada, UK, Poland, Iran, Italy, Spain | 1hr 24min | 15 [S]
Join us for a showcase of short films by emerging female filmmakers, from Oscar nominees to LIFF winners and some of our recent favourites. Continuing the International Women’s Day celebrations, these five stories centre on women’s experiences and are made by filmmakers from across the globe.

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
Monday 18 March 20:00 | Belgrave Music Hall
2017 | Germany | Dir: Yony Leyser | 1hr 18min | 18
Directed by Yony Leyser, Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution traces the history and evolution of American Queercore, a cultural and social movement that began as an offshoot of punk and became a widespread community of radical queer artists, punks, zine-makers and revolutionaries.

Wednesday 20 March 18:00 | Everyman Cinema
2018 | USA | Dir: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | 1hr 38min | PG
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring her exceptional life and career. ‘This is the origin film we really need right now. Directors Cohen and West have brought a liberal trailblazer’s fascinating and largely untold story proudly into the spotlight.’ (Beth Webb, Empire)

Ray & Liz
Wednesday 20 March 20:15 | Everyman Cinema
2018 | United Kingdom | Dir: Richard Billingham | 1hr 48min | 18
The extraordinary debut feature by the renowned artist Richard Billingham returns to the striking photographs of his family during Thatcher-era Britain. On the outskirts of Birmingham and the margins of society the Billingham family perform extreme rituals and break cultural taboos as they muddle through a life decided by factors beyond their control.

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me
Tuesday 26 March 18:00 | Everyman Cinema
2018 | United Kingdom | Dir: Olivia Lichtenstein | 1hr 46min | 15
An inspiring and heartbreaking tribute to Teddy Pendergrass. All set to become the biggest R&B star of all time after four platinum albums and countless hits, he had a tragic career setback when a car accident left him paralysed in 1982 until his triumphant return at Live Aid three years later.

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
Tuesday 26 March 20:15 | Everyman Cinema
2019 | United Kingdom | Dir: Steven Sullivan | 1hr 45min | 15
An irresistible profile of Chris Sievey, the mercurial talent behind cult Manchester comedian Frank Sidebottom. His giant papier mache head was a regular highlight of TV and concerts in the 80s and 90s and a devoted fanbase eventually led to a statue in his native Timperley and the inspiration for the film Frank.

Atelier de Conversation (Please note this screening is cancelled due to technical difficulties at the venue)
Wednesday 27 March 18:00 | Clothworkers Hall | 2017
France, Austria, Liechtenstein | Dir: Bernhard Braunstein | 1hr 12min | 12A [S]
In this audience favourite from LIFF 2017, people from all over the world meet every week at the Centre Pompidou in Paris to learn French. War refugees rub shoulders with businessmen, carefree students meet victims of political persecution. Despite their differences, participants share common goals: learning the language and finding allies to survive abroad.

Milford Graves: Full Mantis (Please note this screening is cancelled due to technical difficulties at the venue)
Wednesday 27 March 20:00 | Clothworkers Hall
2018 | USA | Dir: Jake Meginsky, Neil Young | 1hr 31min | PG
Jazz drummer Milford Graves is a force of nature. First known for his work in New York Art Quartet, Milford Graves Full Mantis is a kaleidoscopic documentary exploring his world philosophy, which also embraces the practice of martial arts and Graves' own scientific study of the human heartbeat.

Thursday 28 March 18:00 | Vue at The Light
2015 | USA, India | Dir: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | 1hr 30min | 15
From the makers of Free Solo, Meru is a captivating documentary about three of the world’s best professional climbers and their greatest ever challenge. Follow Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk as they battle their complicated pasts, inner demons and nature’s harshest elements in an attempt to confront the formidable, unconquered Shark’s Fin peak of Mount Meru in the Himalayas. See Meru in a double bill with Free Solo and save 25% off tickets.

Free Solo
Thursday 28 March 20:00 | Vue at The Light
2018 | USA | Dir: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | 1hr 40min | 12A
In this Oscar-winning documentary, Alex Honnold becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000 ft high El Capitan wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history. See Free Solo in a double bill with Meru and save 25% off tickets.

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