2 - 11 nov 2018

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.

Kindergarten Teacher Lisa (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is dissatisfied with her life until she discovers the great poetical talent of one of her pupils. Her admiration of the boy gradually turns into an obsession in this thrilling film.

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.

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.

This year, LIFF is more than just a festival -- we have a museum as well. During the film festival, Film Museum Leiden (or FML) honors Nicolas Cage with a marathon of his best films, selected by none other than Nicolas Cage himself.

Saturday 3 November
16:00 - 23:30 Red Carpet Lounge
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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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Beatles fans beware! Yellow Submarine turns 50 this year, and Imagine has been completely remastered, including 15 minutes of exclusive bonus material. LIFF will show both films on the big screen for one time only during Beatles night. Buy a ticket for Imagine and you’ll get a ticket for Yellow Submarine for free.

Wednesday 7 November
19:30 - 22:40 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.