27 oct - 5 nov 2017

4 reasons you need to visit LIFF


Discover the great
directors of tomorrow

Married couple Anna (Lister-Jones, known for her role in New Girl AND an old friend of our very own festival, that she visited to promote her film Breaking Upwards in 2009) and Ben (Pally) fight constantly. Until one day they come up with the brilliant idea to start a band and use their arguments as songwriting inspiration. Band Aid offers an honest, in

After spending years in an increasingly unhappy relationship, Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Wetts) decide to end their marriage. But as soon as they start to carry out their divorce, they discover an unexpected affection for one another, which leads to an unexpected romance.

When Bradley (Vince Vaughn like you've never seen him before) lands in jail after a drug deal gone wrong and an intense firefight with the police, that is only the beginning... His enemies force him into increasingly violent actions, and slowly prison changes into a battle field. Not for the faint-hearted!

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, and this year is no different. The crazier, the better.

The movie about the worst movie ever made. Won prize for best movie at the San Sebastian film festival. Followed by the worst movie ever made. Just trust us: you do not want to miss this exclusive premiere.

Thursday 2 November
19:30 - 21:15 Trianon 1
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Quizmasters Max, Nils and Hans are going to be challenging you again, but only in the area of film and film-related matters. The unmistakable feeling of pen on paper, the taste of popcorn, the cold sweat of the competing teams and then of course the questions, the images, the videos. In short, all senses will be stimulated at the LIFF Filmquiz.

Wednesday 1 November
20:00 - 23:00 Scheltema
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In the tragicomedy Last Flag Flying by Richard Linklater (Boyhood) three Vietnam veterans (Steve Carrell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fihburn) are going on a last mission in 2003: burying one of their sons, who died in the Iraq war. Linklater possesses the ability to blend humor, emotion and social criticism like no other.

Sunday 5 November
21:45 - 23:49 Trianon 1
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You're so close!

No matter where you live, you’ll be at the LIFF in no time. And if you’re a Cineville member, the festival is free!

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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.