31 oct - 10 nov 2019

4 reasons you need to visit LIFF


Discover the great
directors of tomorrow

It can’t be easy, turning a eulogy into something that is both moving and hilarious. Impressively, Jim Cummings manages to do so in his opening scene, and maintains that balance throughout the entire film. Laughing, crying, crying with laughter: well-deserved winner of SXSW 2018.

Robert Pattinson traverses the Wild West in pursuit of his true love Penelope (Mia Wasikowska), accompanied by an often drunk priest and his miniature horse Butterscotch. Damsel is a twist on westerns, by actor/director David Zellner as a guest at LIFF!

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.

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.

GAIKA remixes Akira: dark UK grime meets legendary anime. "I have been hugely influenced by this film and all it inspired, it burned itself onto my mind. This work is a remix in every dimension." - GAIKA

Tuesday 6 November
20:00 - 22:00 Gebr. De Nobel
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Please note that this film is in Dutch and has no subtitles. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thursday 8 November
10:45 - 12:00 Trianon 1
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A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning philosopher Hypatia and her slave Davus, who is torn between his love for her and the possibility of gaining freedom by joining Christianity. Agora (2009) will be shown in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, in the context of their exhibition ‘Gods of Egypt’: a unique experience!

Saturday 3 November
19:30 - 21:37 RMO
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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.