31 oct - 10 nov 2019

4 reasons you need to visit LIFF


Discover the great
directors of tomorrow

Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school—the end of her thus-far disastrous eighth-grade year—before she begins high school. Comedian Bo Burham’s winning debut has been universally praised and is one of the absolute highlights of this year’s festival.

In this charming directorial debut by Paul Dano, 14-year-old Joe seems to be the only reasonable one left in the family. A moving family drama with superb acting by Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Alex Ross Perry is back at LIFF with Her Smell. A self-destructive punk rocker (an extraordinary Elisabeth Moss) struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.

You’ll be the first to discover all of your friends’ favorite directors, right here at LIFF. Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) won the LIFF competition back in 2012 with Safety not Guaranteed. Ryan Coogler reanimated the Rocky-franchise with Creed a year after LIFF played his debut Fruitvale Station. Actor John Boyega had his big break in Leiden with Imperial Dreams – a year before his leading role in the new Star Wars saga.



You can visit the cinema anywhere and anytime you want. That’s why LIFF has more than that. Over the past few years we watched tropical movies in a broiling greenhouse, historical movies on an actual Greek temple, the licentious Spring Breakers in a pool (party included), and much more. LIFF plays movies like nobody else. The crazier, the better.

When the infamous detective Dale Vandermeer wakes up in an ominous room without any recollection of his past, he soon finds himself part of a bizarre game orchestrated by an old foe as he must solve increasingly challenging puzzles to escape the room and recover his memories.

Sunday 11 November
18:00 - 19:00 Trianon 1
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In Stargate (1994), a mysterious ring turns out to be an interstellar teleportation device that leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra. The movie will be shown in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, in the context of their exhibition ‘Gods of Egypt’.

Sunday 4 November
19:30 - 21:26 RMO
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Oh, no! ‘Something for Nobody’ Crapmeisters Nils and Hans have once again braved their cabinet of wonder (armed, of course, with mouth caps and sanitary gloves) to bring us the corniest, grossest, breathtaking, offending, and, yes, hilarious cinematic curiosites.

Friday 9 November
21:15 - 23:15 Kijkhuis 1
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Leiden is a beautiful city for sight-seeing in between movies. Visit one of our city’s many museums before the screening. Afterwards, discuss the film over a drink or meal at one of our festival’s partners.