2 - 11 nov 2018

4 reasons you need to visit LIFF


Discover the great
directors of tomorrow

The directing debut by Joshua Z Weinstein is almost anthropological, but feels instantly familiar. The movie about a lower-class father trying to raise his son was one of the biggest hits at Sundance this year. Shot exclusively in Brooklyn’s orthodox Hasidic community – with a cast of real-life Hasidim and an almost entirely Yiddish script – the film ha

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.

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

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.

Kijkhuis on Demand LIFF Style! Each first Tuesday of the month, visitors of the Kijkhuis are allowed to decide which film is gonna go on the big screen that night. Since this time, that Tuesday takes place during our festival, we'll happily take on that tradition - just this once! The choice this time is between three Australian classics, presented in a

Tuesday 31 October
21:00 - 23:00 Kijkhuis 2
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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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After seven years and hundreds of shows, the Sub071 had to close in 2015. The people in the organization, their passion and openness to new music, inspired documentary filmmaker Minja Sarovic into making a DIY-film about this DIY-venue.

Saturday 4 November
13:15 - 14:15 Trianon 3
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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.