Opening LIFF29 on 5 November is the magical, audience-enchanting romantic drama Brooklyn. Directed by John Crowley and set in the 1950s, Brooklyn is based on Colm Tóibín’s popular novel about an Irish immigrant finding love across the Atlantic. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for New York. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Another acclaimed period drama set in New York in the 1950s closes LIFF29 on 19 November. Directed by Todd Haynes, Carol is a stirring adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt. With a spiralling emotional intensity, the film depicts a secret love affair between glamorous Manhattan housewife Carol and naive young department store clerk Therese. The consequences are seismic and far-reaching.
The full LIFF29 programme will be available online at leedsfilm.com after 6.30pm on 9th October and in a free printed guide, available from main venues in Leeds and West Yorkshire.