27 oct - 5 nov 2017

4 reasons you need to visit LIFF


Discover the great
directors of tomorrow

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!

In 2013, director David Lowery surprised the audience at LIFF with the beautiful Ain't Them Bodies Saints. This year he is back in Leiden with the equally bizarre as poetic A Ghost Story. A unique experiment in which a ghost, recently passed away, attempts to keep his relationship with his mourning wife alive. Plus, the ghost is portrayed by Casey Affle

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

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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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 collaboration with Naturalis We all know the scene: Snow White takes a bite from the poisoned apple and... falls down.But look! She is saved by the prince! Obviously, an apple is not poisonous. It was MADE poisonous by the Evil Queen! But how does this work in nature? Are there really any fruits and veggies that are poisonous?

Wednesday 1 November
14:00 - 15:23 Trianon 2
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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.