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Toni Erdmann is LIFF30 Closing Film

Ahead of the full programme launch for the 30th Leeds International Film Festival, we’re very excited to make some further special preview announcements after last week’s reveal of Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson as our Opening Film. New announcements include: our Closing Film, Maren Ade’s brilliant comedy drama Toni Erdmann, a big favourite at this year’s Cannes Film Festival; the long-awaited restoration of silent film masterpiece Napoleon by Kevin Brownlow; and legendary DJ Norman Jay MBE live at Belgrave Music Hall as part of the Black Star Tour; and the line-ups for our annual horror marathons Day of the Dead at Leeds Town Hall and Night of the Dead at the Hyde Park Picture House. Tickets go on sale at 10.00am, Friday 7 October.

Toni Erdmann: LIFF Closing Film in association with the LUX Prize

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Toni Erdmann took everyone by surprise and became the biggest buzz film for years with sold out screenings and queues around the block. It’s even been included in a critics’ poll of the top 100 films of the 21st Century. An extraordinary, groundbreaking comedy drama from German director Maren Ade, the story follows the ambitious young businesswoman Ines and the unpredictable relationship with her eccentric, practical joke loving father, Winfried. Saying much more would be a spoiler: it’s full of surprises, very warm and touching, and frequently hilarious.

Toni Erdmann is one of three films nominated for the European Parliament’s LUX Prize which casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of public debate in Europe. The other two nominated films are Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes from Tunisia, also presented at LIFF30, and Claude Barras’s family animation My Life as I Courgette from Switzerland. For more information about the LUX Prize go to: luxprize.eu.

Thursday 17 November, 7.30pm @ Leeds Town Hall (Victoria Hall). £10 full / £8 concession


In the culmination of an unprecedented 50 year restoration project led by filmmaker and historian Kevin Brownlow, the British Film Institute are re-releasing one of the undisputed masterpieces of cinema history, Abel Gance’s Napoleon. We are proud to be able to host a screening in the suitably grand surroundings of Leeds Town Hall with full 7.1 Dolby surround sound for the brand new recorded soundtrack by Carl Davis. A true epic in scale, the film runs for five and a half hours and screens with three intervals, surely an unforgettable way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Sunday 13 November, 11.15am @ Leeds Town Hall (Victoria Hall). £13 full / £10 concession

Norman Jay MBE: Black Star Tour Live

LIFF30 is extremely proud to welcome one of the most respected DJs in the world today. After introducing a screening of In the Heat of the Night, join Norman Jay MBE at Belgrave Music Hall for an exclusive DJ set to celebrate the very best in black cinema via a history of movie soundtracks: dance to ‘Blaxsploitation’ Soundtracks including Shaft, Shaft in Africa, In The Heat of the Night, Across 110th Street, Slaughters Big Rip-Off plus many more! Presented by LIFF30 and Live Cinema UK as part of BFI Black Star, supported by the BFI Film Audience Network #bfiblackstar

Thursday 10 November, 9.00pm @ Belgrave Music Hall. £8.50 full / £6.50 concession (£13 / £10 if you buy tickets for both In the Heat of the Night and Norman Jay MBE: Black Star Tour Live)

Night of the Dead

Who needs sleep when there is a night-long marathon of horror films to be watched and enjoyed in the cosy surroundings of Hyde Park Picture House? The night kicks off with The Autopsy of Jane Doe from André Øvredal (Troll Hunter) before turning monstrous with the eagerly anticipated The Void from members of the Astron-6 Collective. The director and writer of zombiefest Peelers are flying in from Canada before wrapping up with the bloody When She Comes. Bring along your worst / most embarrassing DVD to compete in the Shit Film Amnesty and vote for your favourite short film in the Dead Shorts programme.

Friday 11 November, 10.30pm @ Hyde Park Picture House. £25 full / £20 concession

Day of the Dead

There are some familiar faces in Day of the Dead this year, with well-known actors playing against type as they turn their talents to horror. Johnny Galecki from The Big Bang Theory swaps his inner geek for a radical spiritual cleansing programme with unexpected results in The Master Cleanse; Christopher Lloyd shrugs off his lovable Doc Brown persona for something far more sinister in I Am Not A Serial Killer and Dominic Monaghan leaves the Shire far behind in the psychological thriller Pet. The day is completed with the South Korean box-office smashing adrenaline fuelled zombie thriller, Train To Busan.

Saturday 5 November, 1.00pm @ Leeds Town (Hall Victoria Hall). £25 full / £20 concession

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