Thursday 31 October

TEST ZPM

11:30 - 12:00 Academiegebouw

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TEST ZPM

17:00 - 17:30 Academiegebouw

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Late Night

Panorama

19:30 - 21:17 Trianon 1

Katherine Newbury’s (Emma Thompson) talk show is in the slumps. To revitalize her program, she hires Molly Patel (Mindy Kahling) - a breath of fresh air who shows her that millennials don't have to be all that scary in this uplifting comedy about friendship, cultural differences and surviving in a, luckily, ever-changing world.

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Friday 01 November

Bye Bye Britain Brunch

Specials

11:00 - 11:30 Trianon 1

Our brunch was planned on November 1st because the UK was planning to leave the EU on that day. However, the deadline has been extended to January 31st, and our proposed “farewell” would be a little premature. We’ll still be playing the films, but have cancelled the Brexit Brunch.

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Bye Bye Britain Brunch

Specials

11:00 - 11:30 Trianon 2

Our brunch was planned on November 1st because the UK was planning to leave the EU on that day. However, the deadline has been extended to January 31st, and our proposed “farewell” would be a little premature. We’ll still be playing the films, but have cancelled the Brexit Brunch.

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Bye Bye Britain Brunch

Specials

11:00 - 11:30 Trianon 3

Our brunch was planned on November 1st because the UK was planning to leave the EU on that day. However, the deadline has been extended to January 31st, and our proposed “farewell” would be a little premature. We’ll still be playing the films, but have cancelled the Brexit Brunch.

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Beats

Panorama

11:45 - 13:21 Trianon 2

Scotland, 1994. Best mates Johnno and Spanner are destined for different futures. In pursuit of adventure and an escape, the boys head out to an illegal rave for one last night together. A universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth.

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The Souvenir

Panorama

11:45 - 13:45 Trianon 3

An ambitious but shy film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) falls in love with a charismatic, mysterious older man (Tom Burke). As she throws herself into this intense and emotional relationship, she must try to distinguish between reality and fantasy.

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Martin Eden

Panorama

11:45 - 13:54 Kijkhuis 1

Based on the Jack London novel of the same name, Pietro Marcello’s latest follows a sailor trying to rediscover himself as a writer. A passionate and timeless story of class consciousness, romance and failed ideals.

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Sorry We Missed You

Panorama

11:45 - 13:27 Trianon 1

You'll never get mad at delayed delivery drivers after you’ve seen this film. Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) strikes again in this UK drama about a delivery driver and his family who are struggling to get by in modern-day England.

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Mjólk

Nordic Watching

12:15 - 13:47 Kijkhuis 2

After her husband dies under suspicious circumstances, an Icelandic woman takes on the corruption of her local co-op and the outdated, exploitative system that supports it, in the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson (Rams).

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Bad Poems

Panorama

14:00 - 15:37 Trianon 2

Tamás' girlfriend breaks up with him and he wants to figure out if love only exists when it's practically gone. Super original Hungarian film somewhere in between Eternal Sunshine and Charlie and Hannah’s Grand Night Out. Melancholic dramedy with epic edits.

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Calm With Horses

First Feature Competition

14:15 - 15:56 Kijkhuis 2

In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas 'Arm' Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic young son. Torn between these two families, Arm's loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.

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Hors normes

Panorama

14:30 - 16:24 Trianon 1

In this beautiful true story by the directors of Intouchables and C’est la vie!, Bruno and Malik (Vincent Cassel en Reda Kateb) dedicate their lives taking care of autistic children and teens, and training young people from underprivileged areas to be their caregivers.

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Spider

Panorama

14:30 - 16:15 Trianon 3

Inés, Justo, and Gerardo were right-wing anti-Allende radicals in 1970s Chile. Now, Inés and Justo are respected businesspeople, but Gerardo's lingering political conviction threatens to expose the trio's shared past. A tense thriller about the traumatic parts of Chilean history.

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Luce

American Indie Competition

14:45 - 16:34 Kijkhuis 1

Model student Luce Edgar shocks his teacher, Harriet, with his essay on political violence. Now Harriet, Luce and his parents have to deal with complicated questions about race, identity, morality and more. This intense, intelligent and timely thriller will linger long after the credits roll.

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Flatland

Panorama

16:15 - 18:12 Trianon 2

A disastrous wedding night leads to an accidental killing, after which Natalie flees, together with her rebellious and heavily pregnant best friend Poppie on horseback. This eccentric not-quite-Western surprises from beginning to end with its colorful depiction of life in a small South African rural town.

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A White, White Day

Nordic Watching

16:30 - 18:19 Kijkhuis 2

In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones.

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Sometimes Always Never

First Feature Competition

17:00 - 18:31 Trianon 3

His son is missing, his family is lost, but his dress sense is immaculate! With a visual style and deadpan humor reminiscent of Wes Anderson and a career-best performance by Bill Nighy as a melancholic scrabble enthusiast, Sometimes, Always, Never is a winning combination. Triple word score!

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La Fille au Bracelet

Panorama

17:00 - 18:35 Kijkhuis 1

16-year-old Lise is accused of murdering her best friend. In court, she’s required to account for a way of life that doesn’t always comply with the morality approved of by the justice system. Family relations and social expectations are compellingly picked apart in this intelligent French courtroom drama.

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Salmon of Knowledge

Specials

17:30 - 18:10 Trianon 1

A young poet has left his homeland to start living in a small cabin near the ocean. In search for inspiration, he finds himself alone in his room. Waiting for a new day to arrive.

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The Death of Dick Long

American Indie Competition

18:45 - 20:25 Trianon 2

Dick died last night, and Zeke and Earl don’t want anybody to find out how. That’s too bad though, ’cause news travels fast in small-town Alabama. From the director of Swiss Army Man -- and just as bizarre.

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Amazing Grace

Panorama

19:00 - 20:29 Kijkhuis 2

In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded Amazing Grace, the most successful gospel album of all time, at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. The film recordings of these legendary evenings where never before shown to the public – until now!

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The Farewell

American Indie Competition

19:00 - 20:40 Trianon 1

After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, her family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding/reunion back in China. Based on an actual lie, this heartfelt story of family and togetherness was one of the highlights of the prestigious Sundance Festival.

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Vivarium

Bonkers!

19:00 - 20:37 Trianon 3

A young woman and her fiancé (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) are in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple finds themselves trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child in this surreal fable.

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The Mustang

First Feature Competition

19:15 - 20:51 Kijkhuis 1

Irresistible, this story about a convict with a violent past who is offered the chance to participate in a new rehabilitation program, where prisoners help tame wild horses. With Matthias Schoenaerts, directed by newcomer Laure de Clermont Tonerre.

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Life of Brian

Specials

19:30 - 21:19 RMO

Monty Python’s comedy classic is now 50 years old. That, of course, is cause for celebration! Therefore we are organizing a special screening in the National Museum of Antiquities. No matter how many times you have seen the film, you have never seen it like this!

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Leiden Soul Night

Specials

20:00 - 01:00 Scheltema

Sold out! Leiden Soul Night at Scheltema.

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The Friend

American Indie Competition

21:15 - 23:19 Kijkhuis 2

Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck star in this intensely moving and beautifully mounted drama, telling the story of how a friend saved a family after their young mother's diagnosis with terminal cancer.

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J'ai Perdu Mon Corps

First Feature Competition

21:15 - 22:36 Trianon 2

A cut-off hand escapes from a dissection lab with one goal in mind: to get back to its body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to… until he met Gabrielle.

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The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil

Bonkers!

21:15 - 23:04 Trianon 3

This action thriller from South-Korea is the most bad-ass film to play at LIFF this year. Sylvester Stallone agrees, because he is going to do a remake. It will be hard to top this original that has already screened at Cannes.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

American Indie Competition

21:30 - 23:07 Trianon 1

After running away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a pro wrestler, a man who has Down syndrome befriends an outlaw (Shia LaBeouf), who becomes his coach and ally in this lovely feel-good adventure.

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Blade Runner

Specials

21:30 - 23:27 Kijkhuis 1

Our 2019 may look a bit dystopian, but it's nothing compared to the 2019 envisioned by Ridley Scott in his iconic Blade Runner. The film is set in November 2019, so we had to pay tribute to this amazing film, which features one of the best performances of ‘our’ Rutger Hauer.

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Saturday 02 November

The Report

Panorama

11:15 - 13:13 Trianon 1

Senate staffer Daniel Jones is assigned the daunting task of leading an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program after 9/11. But the release of his ‘Torture report’ encounters heavy opposition from the White House and CIA in this enthralling, old-school political thriller, thriving on an extraordinary performance by Adam Driver.

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Deerskin

Bonkers!

11:30 - 12:47 Trianon 2

Another absurdist comedy by Quentin Dupieux, in his unique style: Deerskin. Jean Dujardin shows off his comedic ability as the main character, who goes to extreme lengths to make sure he is the only one looking good in his kind of jacket. Filming the results, Dupieux adds metacommentary to discuss the point of film.

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Une Colonie

First Feature Competition

11:45 - 13:27 Trianon 3

Winning Best Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards and a Crystal Bear (Berlinale) is no small feat for a feature debut. A Colony is an honest and at times awkward story about coming of age in a small town, subtly set against the background of Canada’s colonialism and indigenous culture. Unique and touching.

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Stitches

Panorama

11:45 - 13:30 Kijkhuis 1

Even after 20 years, Ana is still convinced that her child didn’t die right after he was born, but that he was taken away from her. A new lead gives her some hope, but how far is she willing to go without losing her family?

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Cinema Brewers Shorts Selection 2019

Shorts

12:15 - 13:45 Kijkhuis 2

Film and beer, what a combination. Especially with the beer from Cinema Brewers, and the best short films of this year, gathered from around the whole world. Each film in the competition has a chance of winning the prize of the Cinema Brewers Film Fund!

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Echo

Nordic Watching

13:15 - 14:37 Trianon 2

Iceland is preparing for Christmas. Somewhere, an abandoned farm is burning. A children's choir is singing Christmas carols. A girl and her mother are trying on a VR-headset. In 56 independent scenes, Echo paints a beautiful portrait of contemporary Icelandic society.

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Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu

Panorama

13:45 - 15:45 Trianon 1

Brittany, 1770. Marianne has to paint a wedding portrait of the beautiful Héloïse. However, the bride-to-be refuses to be painted, and thus to marry. As Marianna secretly observes Héloïse, a strange and fragile intimacy starts to develop. One of the absolute best films of the year and not to be missed.

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System Crasher

First Feature Competition

14:00 - 15:58 Kijkhuis 1

No matter where Benni goes, she is immediately kicked out again. The wild nine-year-old is what the youth welfare office refers to as a “system crasher”. In this intense but impressive drama we see both the good and bad in Benni, and root for her on her quest to find a home.

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Les Plus Belles Années d’une Vie

Panorama

14:15 - 15:45 Kijkhuis 2

Fifty years ago, Un Homme et Une Femme was released, Claude Lelouch’s beautiful and iconic film about love. This is the sequel that is just as beautiful, has the same cast, and continues the story where we left it back then.

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Lucky Grandma

American Indie Competition

14:15 - 15:55 Trianon 3

The title character of this film is a chain-smoking Chinese grandmother who goes all in in the casino and lands herself on the wrong side of luck--and in the middle of a Chinese gang war.

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The House of Us

Panorama

15:00 - 16:33 Trianon 2

Hirokazu Kore-eda fans, pay attention! In The House of Us, the young Hana tries to navigate her parent’s divorce and other hardships of adult life. Director Ga-eun Yoon proves herself one of the world’s finest filmmakers in the way she captures contemporary childhood.

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Litigante

Panorama

16:15 - 17:48 Kijkhuis 2

In between raising her young son, taking care of her ill-tempered, cancer-battling mother, and navigating her career as a top-notch lawyer dealing with a major corruption scandal, Silvia could very well be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. But at this most unlikely moment, Silvia embarks on a love story for the first time in years.

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Late Night

Panorama

16:30 - 18:12 Trianon 1

Katherine Newbury’s (Emma Thompson) talk show is in the slumps. To revitalize her program, she hires Molly Patel (Mindy Kahling) - a breath of fresh air who shows her that millennials don't have to be all that scary in this uplifting comedy about friendship, cultural differences and surviving in a, luckily, ever-changing world.

read more


It Must Be Heaven

Panorama

16:30 - 18:07 Kijkhuis 1

A church in Nazareth with a door that won't open. A deserted Paris. A New York supermarket with as many guns as fresh produce. In a series of darkly comic vignettes, Palestinian director Elia Suleiman investigates the meaning of being in exile, and the absurdities of nationalism, normality, and identity.

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Alice

First Feature Competition

16:45 - 18:28 Trianon 3

After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child. This film will have you on the edge of your seat!

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Why Don't You Just Die!

Bonkers!

17:00 - 18:35 Trianon 2

With a hammer behind his back, Matiev pushes the doorbell of a Russian apartment, ready for revenge. However, it turns out he's far from the only one this visually exciting splatter-punk action comedy, reminiscent of the early work of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie.

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La Belle Époque

Panorama

18:45 - 20:38 Kijkhuis 2

If you could go back to the good old days, would they truly be better? That is what Victor, a disillusioned man in his sixties, is about to find out as his life is turned upside down when he gets the chance to return to the most memorable week of his life.

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The Lodge: i.s.m. Imagine

Specials

19:00 - 20:48 Trianon 3

In this psychologically chilling slow burn by the directors of Goodnight Mommy, a young woman and her reticent new stepchildren find themselves isolated in the family's remote winter cabin, locked away to dredge up the mysteries of her dark past and the losses that seem to haunt them all.

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The Farewell

American Indie Competition

19:00 - 20:40 Kijkhuis 1

After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, her family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding/reunion back in China. Based on an actual lie, this heartfelt story of family and togetherness was one of the highlights of the prestigious Sundance Festival.

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Jojo Rabbit

Panorama

19:00 - 20:48 Trianon 1

Well, you know, just another World War II satire-comedy about a German boy struggling to confront his own nationalism with the help of his completely insane imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler. It’s one of those things that is right up Taika Waititi’s alley. And we. Can’t. Wait.

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O Beautiful Night

Bonkers!

19:15 - 20:44 Trianon 2

A young musician meets a mysterious man who speaks with an Eastern-European accent and claims to be Death himself. Together they embark on a nocturnal odyssey full of dark humor, and eccentric characters in illustrator-turned-director Xaver Böhm visually stunning fairytale.

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Eyes Wide Shut

1999

21:15 - 23:54 Kijkhuis 2

Ordinary porno or artistic nudity? Hopelessly old-fashioned or unexpectedly progressive? Just a good film or way overhyped (with, as some critics argue, the death of Kubrick himself, for whom this would be the last film, as the biggest PR stunt of all)? Come and see for yourself!

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Brittany Runs a Marathon

Panorama

21:15 - 22:59 Trianon 2

Brittany decides, as you do, to drastically turn her life around and take up running. But is she going in the right direction? A brilliant Jillian Bell in this heartwarming, whip-smart comedy that you just need to experience every now and then.

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Three Summers

Panorama

21:15 - 22:49 Trianon 3

Over a trio of summers, a caretaker for luxury condominiums relies on her resourcefulness and her eye for opportunity to take advantage of whatever comes her way. Sandra Kogut’s episodic small-scale reflection on national corruption is both humorous and inventive.

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Out Stealing Horses

Nordic Watching

21:30 - 23:33 Kijkhuis 1

After the death of his wife, Trond retreats to a small village in the east of Norway. A chance encounter brings back memories of Trond’s youth… Hans Peter Morland made a stunning adaptation of Per Petterson’s award-winning novel of the same name.

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Parasite - ENG subtitles

Panorama

21:30 - 23:42 Trianon 1

Lauded director Bong Joon-Ho has won the Palme d’Or for this magnificent film that is equal parts hilarious comedy and pitchblack drama. Follow the exploits of a family down on its luck that will do anything to get higher up in life, other people be damned.

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Bonkers! Party

Specials

22:00 - 04:00 De Paradijsvogel

When something’s so bad you know you’re not supposed to enjoy it, but God, it feels good...! Expect nothing but awful hits, terrible videos and outfits that could pass as “controversial”.

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Sunday 03 November

25 jaar Leids Koraal

Specials

11:00 - 11:25 Trianon 1

Unfortunately, this film is in Dutch, without subtitles. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Bellbird

First Feature Competition

11:30 - 13:05 Trianon 3

This quietly powerful feature debut, told with warm humor, takes us into the heart of a small rural town in New Zealand, where a community comes together after a tragic death.

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Il traditore

Panorama

11:30 - 13:55 Kijkhuis 1

In the early 1980s, Tommaso Buscetta does something that rocks the mafia to its core. After becoming involved in the raging wars between the Sicilian mafia bosses, he decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the mafia.

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Best of LISFE 2019

Shorts

11:30 - 13:00 Trianon 2

A selection of the best shorts of the yearly Leiden International Short Film Experience. This short film festival in May expands every year, always gathering more great films, directors and depth. A program carefully selected by LISFE, for LIFF.

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And Then We Danced

Panorama

11:45 - 13:31 Kijkhuis 2

A young dancer tries to come to terms with his feelings for men within the framework of a repressive and conservative Georgian society. A touching story about love, prejudice and the freedom and restrictions of the language of dance, impressively shot by Levin Akin (Certain People).

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I Am Rembrandt

Specials

12:15 - 13:00 Trianon 1

Unfortunately, this film is in Dutch, without subtitles. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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The Kill Team

First Feature Competition

13:30 - 15:07 Trianon 2

When Andrew, a young American soldier, witnesses his fellow recruits murdering innocent Afghan citizens, he knows he should tell his superiors. But what if this makes him the next target? Dan Krauss adapts his 2013 documentary of the same name into a fascinating and confronting war movie.

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The Souvenir

Panorama

14:00 - 16:00 Kijkhuis 2

An ambitious but shy film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) falls in love with a charismatic, mysterious older man (Tom Burke). As she throws herself into this intense and emotional relationship, she must try to distinguish between reality and fantasy.

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Hors normes

Panorama

14:00 - 15:54 Trianon 1

In this beautiful true story by the directors of Intouchables and C’est la vie!, Bruno and Malik (Vincent Cassel en Reda Kateb) dedicate their lives taking care of autistic children and teens, and training young people from underprivileged areas to be their caregivers.

read more


Seberg

American Indie Competition

14:30 - 16:06 Kijkhuis 1

Hollywood, 1968. The celebrated A BOUT DE SOUFFLE star and global style icon, American actress Jean Seberg returns from Paris to the States, but soon finds herself on the radar of an illegal FBI surveillance program because of her ties to the civil rights movement. Kristen Stewart shines as Seberg in this intriguing biopic.

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Aapje Aram

Specials

15:00 - 16:05 Naturalis

Please note that both the introduction and the film are in Dutch. We apologize for the inconvenience. A Naturalis natural history museum staff member comes across a forgotten vat in the collection. It turns out to contain a baby orangutan, collected in the late 19th century by Johann Büttikofer. What, the staff member thinks, should we do with this beautiful, endearing creature?

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Jesus Shows You the Way To the Highway

Bonkers!

15:15 - 16:38 Trianon 3

Two CIA agents have to stop a computer virus called "The Soviet Union", but their mission soon turns out to be a trap. This wildly unpredictable movie mixes a variety of genres in a way that simply has to be seen to be believed.

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Sometimes Always Never

First Feature Competition

15:30 - 17:01 Trianon 2

His son is missing, his family is lost, but his dress sense is immaculate! With a visual style and deadpan humor reminiscent of Wes Anderson and a career-best performance by Bill Nighy as a melancholic scrabble enthusiast, Sometimes, Always, Never is a winning combination. Triple word score!

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Veni Vidi Vino 2019

Specials

16:00 - 18:00 Scheltema

Watching film whilst drinking wine without getting escorted off the premises? Yes, please! After last year's great succes, Veni Vidi Vino is back with a bang! A tasting of six wines, each of them accompanied by a film fragment matured on years and years of LIFF experience.

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The Friend

American Indie Competition

16:30 - 18:34 Trianon 1

Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck star in this intensely moving and beautifully mounted drama, telling the story of how a friend saved a family after their young mother's diagnosis with terminal cancer.

read more


The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

Panorama

16:30 - 18:49 Kijkhuis 2

A deserving winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard prize, this sumptuous tale of two sisters cruelly separated by family and fate makes for deeply moving drama.

read more


Three Summers

Panorama

16:45 - 18:19 Kijkhuis 1

Over a trio of summers, a caretaker for luxury condominiums relies on her resourcefulness and her eye for opportunity to take advantage of whatever comes her way. Sandra Kogut’s episodic small-scale reflection on national corruption is both humorous and inventive.

read more


Deerskin

Bonkers!

17:15 - 18:32 Trianon 3

Another absurdist comedy by Quentin Dupieux, in his unique style: Deerskin. Jean Dujardin shows off his comedic ability as the main character, who goes to extreme lengths to make sure he is the only one looking good in his kind of jacket. Filming the results, Dupieux adds metacommentary to discuss the point of film.

read more


Mjólk

Nordic Watching

17:30 - 19:02 Trianon 2

After her husband dies under suspicious circumstances, an Icelandic woman takes on the corruption of her local co-op and the outdated, exploitative system that supports it, in the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson (Rams).

read more


To the Stars

American Indie Competition

19:00 - 20:51 Trianon 3

To the Stars is a beautifully shot black and white film set in 1960s Oklahoma. Iris Deerborne’s world changes completely when Maggie appears and an unlikely relationship between the two develops. A mesmerizing and almost mystical film, a true gem found at Sundance.

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J'ai Perdu Mon Corps

First Feature Competition

19:00 - 20:21 Kijkhuis 1

A cut-off hand escapes from a dissection lab with one goal in mind: to get back to its body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to… until he met Gabrielle.

read more


Sorry We Missed You

Panorama

19:15 - 20:57 Trianon 1

You'll never get mad at delayed delivery drivers after you’ve seen this film. Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) strikes again in this UK drama about a delivery driver and his family who are struggling to get by in modern-day England.

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Il testimone invisibile

Panorama

19:15 - 20:57 Kijkhuis 2

A successful businessman is found in a locked hotel room with the body of his mistress and a lot of cash. To prove his innocence, he asks for the help of a famous lawyer. This thrilling race against time will keep you guessing until the very end.

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Greener Grass

Bonkers!

19:30 - 21:11 Trianon 2

A deliciously twisted comedy set in a demented, timeless suburbia where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth, couples coordinate meticulously pressed outfits, and coveted family members are swapped in more ways than one in this competition for acceptance.

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Veni Vidi Vino 2019

Specials

20:00 - 22:00 Scheltema

Watching film whilst drinking wine without getting escorted off the premises? Yes, please! After last year's great succes, Veni Vidi Vino is back with a bang! A tasting of six wines, each of them accompanied by a film fragment matured on years and years of LIFF experience.

read more


The House of Us

Panorama

21:15 - 22:48 Kijkhuis 1

Hirokazu Kore-eda fans, pay attention! In The House of Us, the young Hana tries to navigate her parent’s divorce and other hardships of adult life. Director Ga-eun Yoon proves herself one of the world’s finest filmmakers in the way she captures contemporary childhood.

read more


The Mustang

First Feature Competition

21:30 - 23:06 Kijkhuis 2

Irresistible, this story about a convict with a violent past who is offered the chance to participate in a new rehabilitation program, where prisoners help tame wild horses. With Matthias Schoenaerts, directed by newcomer Laure de Clermont Tonerre.

read more


Lucky Grandma

American Indie Competition

21:30 - 23:10 Trianon 3

The title character of this film is a chain-smoking Chinese grandmother who goes all in in the casino and lands herself on the wrong side of luck--and in the middle of a Chinese gang war.

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Zombieland: Double Tap

Specials

21:30 - 23:03 Trianon 1

Sunday night is zombie night at LIFF! We’re dragging Halloween well into November with the exclusive premiere of, yes, at long last: Zombieland: Double Tap! This sequel to the modern classic brings you even more Twinkies, even more Emma Stone, and revamped zombies!

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Why Don't You Just Die!

Bonkers!

21:45 - 23:20 Trianon 2

With a hammer behind his back, Matiev pushes the doorbell of a Russian apartment, ready for revenge. However, it turns out he's far from the only one this visually exciting splatter-punk action comedy, reminiscent of the early work of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie.

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Monday 04 November

Monstri

First Feature Competition

11:30 - 13:26 Trianon 2

Divided into three chapters, Monstri tells the story of a married couple by following them for 24 hours. This layered drama is both a personal story about a complex relationship and a critical look at the expectations placed on people within contemporary Romanian society.

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Luce

American Indie Competition

11:45 - 13:34 Kijkhuis 1

Model student Luce Edgar shocks his teacher, Harriet, with his essay on political violence. Now Harriet, Luce and his parents have to deal with complicated questions about race, identity, morality and more. This intense, intelligent and timely thriller will linger long after the credits roll.

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Fahim

Panorama

12:00 - 13:50 Trianon 3

Eight-year-old chess prodigy Fahim and his father are forced to flee Bangladesh. In Paris their situation appears hopeless, until Fahim’s talents lead him to meet top chess coach Sylvain. Based on a true story, Fahim is a touching and inspirational film.

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The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

Panorama

12:00 - 14:19 Kijkhuis 2

A deserving winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard prize, this sumptuous tale of two sisters cruelly separated by family and fate makes for deeply moving drama.

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La Belle Époque

Panorama

13:45 - 15:38 Trianon 1

If you could go back to the good old days, would they truly be better? That is what Victor, a disillusioned man in his sixties, is about to find out as his life is turned upside down when he gets the chance to return to the most memorable week of his life.

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Bad Poems

Panorama

14:00 - 15:37 Trianon 2

Tamás' girlfriend breaks up with him and he wants to figure out if love only exists when it's practically gone. Super original Hungarian film somewhere in between Eternal Sunshine and Charlie and Hannah’s Grand Night Out. Melancholic dramedy with epic edits.

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Judy

Panorama

14:15 - 16:13 Kijkhuis 1

The compelling story of Judy Garland, who was so much more than just the girl from The Wizard of Oz. She’s played by Renée Zellweger, who, in turn, proves once again that she is so much more than just Bridget Jones.

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Brittany Runs a Marathon

Panorama

14:30 - 16:14 Trianon 3

Brittany decides, as you do, to drastically turn her life around and take up running. But is she going in the right direction? A brilliant Jillian Bell in this heartwarming, whip-smart comedy that you just need to experience every now and then.

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The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil

Bonkers!

14:45 - 16:34 Kijkhuis 2

This action thriller from South-Korea is the most bad-ass film to play at LIFF this year. Sylvester Stallone agrees, because he is going to do a remake. It will be hard to top this original that has already screened at Cannes.

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Flatland

Panorama

16:15 - 18:12 Trianon 2

A disastrous wedding night leads to an accidental killing, after which Natalie flees, together with her rebellious and heavily pregnant best friend Poppie on horseback. This eccentric not-quite-Western surprises from beginning to end with its colorful depiction of life in a small South African rural town.

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The Report

Panorama

16:30 - 18:28 Trianon 1

Senate staffer Daniel Jones is assigned the daunting task of leading an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program after 9/11. But the release of his ‘Torture report’ encounters heavy opposition from the White House and CIA in this enthralling, old-school political thriller, thriving on an extraordinary performance by Adam Driver.

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Les Plus Belles Années d’une Vie

Panorama

16:45 - 18:15 Kijkhuis 1

Fifty years ago, Un Homme et Une Femme was released, Claude Lelouch’s beautiful and iconic film about love. This is the sequel that is just as beautiful, has the same cast, and continues the story where we left it back then.

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Maternal

First Feature Competition

16:45 - 18:16 Trianon 3

Lu and Fati are teen mums living in a religious shelter in Buenos Aires. When one of the girls runs away, a young nun named Paola takes care of her baby. A quiet, contemplative narrative feature debut from documentary maker Maura Delphero.

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And Then We Danced

Panorama

17:00 - 18:46 Kijkhuis 2

A young dancer tries to come to terms with his feelings for men within the framework of a repressive and conservative Georgian society. A touching story about love, prejudice and the freedom and restrictions of the language of dance, impressively shot by Levin Akin (Certain People).

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On the Roof

Panorama

18:45 - 20:25 Trianon 2

Prof. Rypar is a somewhat conservative pensioner who does not quite get along with the new times. When he finds a Vietnamese boy at the edge of the roof of his apartment, he decides to take him home and offer him a room. The two are very different individuals and find it hard to get along, however they both discover that they need one another.

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Parasite - NL ondertiteling

Panorama

19:00 - 21:12 Trianon 1

Lauded director Bong Joon-Ho has won the Palme d’Or for this magnificent film that is equal parts hilarious comedy and pitchblack drama. Follow the exploits of a family down on its luck that will do anything to get higher up in life, other people be damned.

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The Art of Self-Defense

Bonkers!

19:00 - 20:44 Kijkhuis 1

Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) enlists in a karate class to learn how to defend himself, but finds that his sensei can teach him more than just karate. Maybe even a little too much… This dark comedy echoes the work of LIFF Favourite Yorgos Lanthimos.

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While at War

Panorama

19:00 - 20:47 Trianon 3

With While At War, Alejandro Amenábar (Abre los Ojos, Mar Adrento, The Others) offers a revealing look at an important aspect of Spanish history: the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Historical figure and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno decides to ask Franco for clemency when the lives of his colleague academics are threatened.

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A Tale of Three Sisters

Panorama

19:15 - 21:03 Kijkhuis 2

A father in a small village in the north of Turkey tries everything to give his daughters a better life. He sends them to rich families, as foster children and maids. All three of them return for various reasons. Are they better off at home?

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Behind the Curve

Science & Cinema: 444 edition

19:30 - 21:09 Academiegebouw

Party time! We have programmed a special edition of Science & Cinema, in honour of the 444th anniversary of Leiden University. The program will feature 4 special films in unique locations, surprising events, and a very attractive €4,44 entry fee!

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Filmquiz 2019

Specials

20:00 - 23:00 Scheltema

Please note that this event is in Dutch. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Days of the Bagnold Summer

First Feature Competition

21:00 - 22:26 Trianon 2

Based on the 2012 award-winning graphic novel by Joff Winterhart about Sue, a librarian, and Daniel, her fifteen-year-old son who listens only to Metallica. Directed by Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners) and with an original soundtrack by Belle & Sebastian: enough ingredients to make true LIFF favourite.

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Martin Eden

Panorama

21:15 - 23:24 Kijkhuis 1

Based on the Jack London novel of the same name, Pietro Marcello’s latest follows a sailor trying to rediscover himself as a writer. A passionate and timeless story of class consciousness, romance and failed ideals.

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To the Stars

American Indie Competition

21:15 - 23:06 Trianon 3

To the Stars is a beautifully shot black and white film set in 1960s Oklahoma. Iris Deerborne’s world changes completely when Maggie appears and an unlikely relationship between the two develops. A mesmerizing and almost mystical film, a true gem found at Sundance.

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Fight Club

1999

21:30 - 23:49 Kijkhuis 2

Our generation had no Chris Pratt, no 3D glasses. Our Pratt was a Brad, our technological innovation was a cigarette burn. We’ve all been raised on movie screens to believe that one day we’ll be done watching Fight Club. But we won’t.

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Sorry We Missed You

Panorama

21:45 - 23:27 Trianon 1

You'll never get mad at delayed delivery drivers after you’ve seen this film. Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) strikes again in this UK drama about a delivery driver and his family who are struggling to get by in modern-day England.

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Tuesday 05 November

The Kill Team

First Feature Competition

11:30 - 13:07 Trianon 3

When Andrew, a young American soldier, witnesses his fellow recruits murdering innocent Afghan citizens, he knows he should tell his superiors. But what if this makes him the next target? Dan Krauss adapts his 2013 documentary of the same name into a fascinating and confronting war movie.

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System Crasher

First Feature Competition

11:45 - 13:43 Kijkhuis 1

No matter where Benni goes, she is immediately kicked out again. The wild nine-year-old is what the youth welfare office refers to as a “system crasher”. In this intense but impressive drama we see both the good and bad in Benni, and root for her on her quest to find a home.

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Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu

Panorama

11:45 - 13:45 Trianon 1

Brittany, 1770. Marianne has to paint a wedding portrait of the beautiful Héloïse. However, the bride-to-be refuses to be painted, and thus to marry. As Marianna secretly observes Héloïse, a strange and fragile intimacy starts to develop. One of the absolute best films of the year and not to be missed.

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While at War

Panorama

12:15 - 14:02 Kijkhuis 2

With While At War, Alejandro Amenábar (Abre los Ojos, Mar Adrento, The Others) offers a revealing look at an important aspect of Spanish history: the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Historical figure and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno decides to ask Franco for clemency when the lives of his colleague academics are threatened.

read more


On the Roof

Panorama

12:30 - 14:10 Trianon 2

Prof. Rypar is a somewhat conservative pensioner who does not quite get along with the new times. When he finds a Vietnamese boy at the edge of the roof of his apartment, he decides to take him home and offer him a room. The two are very different individuals and find it hard to get along, however they both discover that they need one another.

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Il testimone invisibile

Panorama

14:15 - 15:57 Kijkhuis 1

A successful businessman is found in a locked hotel room with the body of his mistress and a lot of cash. To prove his innocence, he asks for the help of a famous lawyer. This thrilling race against time will keep you guessing until the very end.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

American Indie Competition

14:30 - 16:07 Trianon 1

After running away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a pro wrestler, a man who has Down syndrome befriends an outlaw (Shia LaBeouf), who becomes his coach and ally in this lovely feel-good adventure.

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J'ai Perdu Mon Corps

First Feature Competition

14:30 - 15:51 Kijkhuis 2

A cut-off hand escapes from a dissection lab with one goal in mind: to get back to its body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to… until he met Gabrielle.

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Bellbird

First Feature Competition

15:00 - 16:35 Trianon 2

This quietly powerful feature debut, told with warm humor, takes us into the heart of a small rural town in New Zealand, where a community comes together after a tragic death.

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Martin Eden

Panorama

16:00 - 18:09 Trianon 3

Based on the Jack London novel of the same name, Pietro Marcello’s latest follows a sailor trying to rediscover himself as a writer. A passionate and timeless story of class consciousness, romance and failed ideals.

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Stitches

Panorama

16:30 - 18:15 Kijkhuis 2

Even after 20 years, Ana is still convinced that her child didn’t die right after he was born, but that he was taken away from her. A new lead gives her some hope, but how far is she willing to go without losing her family?

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Late Night

Panorama

16:45 - 18:27 Trianon 1

Katherine Newbury’s (Emma Thompson) talk show is in the slumps. To revitalize her program, she hires Molly Patel (Mindy Kahling) - a breath of fresh air who shows her that millennials don't have to be all that scary in this uplifting comedy about friendship, cultural differences and surviving in a, luckily, ever-changing world.

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The Farewell

American Indie Competition

16:45 - 18:25 Kijkhuis 1

After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, her family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding/reunion back in China. Based on an actual lie, this heartfelt story of family and togetherness was one of the highlights of the prestigious Sundance Festival.

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Jesus Shows You the Way To the Highway

Bonkers!

17:15 - 18:38 Trianon 2

Two CIA agents have to stop a computer virus called "The Soviet Union", but their mission soon turns out to be a trap. This wildly unpredictable movie mixes a variety of genres in a way that simply has to be seen to be believed.

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Out Stealing Horses

Nordic Watching

18:45 - 20:48 Kijkhuis 2

After the death of his wife, Trond retreats to a small village in the east of Norway. A chance encounter brings back memories of Trond’s youth… Hans Peter Morland made a stunning adaptation of Per Petterson’s award-winning novel of the same name.

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It Must Be Heaven

Panorama

19:00 - 20:37 Kijkhuis 1

A church in Nazareth with a door that won't open. A deserted Paris. A New York supermarket with as many guns as fresh produce. In a series of darkly comic vignettes, Palestinian director Elia Suleiman investigates the meaning of being in exile, and the absurdities of nationalism, normality, and identity.

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Western Stars

Specials

19:00 - 20:23 Trianon 1

The incomparable Bruce Springsteen performs his critically acclaimed latest album. He muses on life, rock, and the American dream, in this intimate and personal concert film co-directed by Thom Zimny and Springsteen himself.

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In the Loop

Science & Cinema: 444 edition

19:00 - 21:01 Wijnhaven DH

Party time! We have programmed a special edition of Science & Cinema, in honour of the 444th anniversary of Leiden University. The program will feature 4 special films in unique locations, surprising events, and an attractively priced €4,44 entry fee!

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Goldie

Panorama

19:00 - 20:28 Trianon 3

Goldie (Slick Woods) is a street-wise, 18-year-old dancer with big dreams of big fame, even as she is stuck at home minding her two sisters while their mother is in jail. When an opportunity to audition for a real music video comes her way, Goldie feels the time has finally come for her star to rise.

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The Death of Dick Long

American Indie Competition

19:15 - 20:55 Trianon 2

Dick died last night, and Zeke and Earl don’t want anybody to find out how. That’s too bad though, ’cause news travels fast in small-town Alabama. From the director of Swiss Army Man -- and just as bizarre.

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Greener Grass

Bonkers!

21:15 - 22:56 Trianon 3

A deliciously twisted comedy set in a demented, timeless suburbia where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth, couples coordinate meticulously pressed outfits, and coveted family members are swapped in more ways than one in this competition for acceptance.

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Knives Out

Panorama

21:15 - 23:25 Trianon 1

When a famous murder mystery novelist is found dead at his estate, everyone’s a suspect… Rian Johnson (Brick, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) has created an impeccably written and extremely entertaining modern murder mystery, full of unexpected twists and turns from start to finish.

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10 Things I Hate About You

1999

21:15 - 22:52 Kijkhuis 1

Where would we be, as a society, without Heath, singing on those stairs, with that hair, with that smile? Without Julia, with her mediocre but absolutely heart-shattering poetry? Nowhere. We would be nowhere.

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Alice

First Feature Competition

21:30 - 23:13 Trianon 2

After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child. This film will have you on the edge of your seat!

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Judy

Panorama

21:30 - 23:28 Kijkhuis 2

The compelling story of Judy Garland, who was so much more than just the girl from The Wizard of Oz. She’s played by Renée Zellweger, who, in turn, proves once again that she is so much more than just Bridget Jones.

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Wednesday 06 November

The Report

Panorama

11:30 - 13:28 Trianon 1

Senate staffer Daniel Jones is assigned the daunting task of leading an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program after 9/11. But the release of his ‘Torture report’ encounters heavy opposition from the White House and CIA in this enthralling, old-school political thriller, thriving on an extraordinary performance by Adam Driver.

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Lucky Grandma

American Indie Competition

11:45 - 13:25 Kijkhuis 1

The title character of this film is a chain-smoking Chinese grandmother who goes all in in the casino and lands herself on the wrong side of luck--and in the middle of a Chinese gang war.

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La Fille au Bracelet

Panorama

12:00 - 13:35 Kijkhuis 2

16-year-old Lise is accused of murdering her best friend. In court, she’s required to account for a way of life that doesn’t always comply with the morality approved of by the justice system. Family relations and social expectations are compellingly picked apart in this intelligent French courtroom drama.

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Ode to Nothing

Panorama

12:15 - 13:47 Trianon 2

Sonya lives her life in a lonely routine, struggling to keep her family-owned funeral home afloat. One day she finds a body lying at her doorstep, which is the start of a highly unusual friendship. An inscrutable, tender and bitterly comic film about the desire for companionship.

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Beats

Panorama

12:30 - 14:06 Trianon 3

Scotland, 1994. Best mates Johnno and Spanner are destined for different futures. In pursuit of adventure and an escape, the boys head out to an illegal rave for one last night together. A universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth.

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Les Plus Belles Années d’une Vie

Panorama

14:00 - 15:30 Kijkhuis 1

Fifty years ago, Un Homme et Une Femme was released, Claude Lelouch’s beautiful and iconic film about love. This is the sequel that is just as beautiful, has the same cast, and continues the story where we left it back then.

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Judy

Panorama

14:00 - 15:58 Trianon 1

The compelling story of Judy Garland, who was so much more than just the girl from The Wizard of Oz. She’s played by Renée Zellweger, who, in turn, proves once again that she is so much more than just Bridget Jones.

read more


A Tale of Three Sisters

Panorama

14:15 - 16:03 Kijkhuis 2

A father in a small village in the north of Turkey tries everything to give his daughters a better life. He sends them to rich families, as foster children and maids. All three of them return for various reasons. Are they better off at home?

read more


Days of the Bagnold Summer

First Feature Competition

14:15 - 15:41 Trianon 2

Based on the 2012 award-winning graphic novel by Joff Winterhart about Sue, a librarian, and Daniel, her fifteen-year-old son who listens only to Metallica. Directed by Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners) and with an original soundtrack by Belle & Sebastian: enough ingredients to make true LIFF favourite.

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Vivarium

Bonkers!

14:45 - 16:22 Trianon 3

A young woman and her fiancé (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) are in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple finds themselves trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child in this surreal fable.

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LUX: Cold Case: Hammarskjöld

Lux Film Prize

16:00 - 18:23 Kijkhuis 1

In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth.

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Hors normes

Panorama

16:30 - 18:24 Trianon 1

In this beautiful true story by the directors of Intouchables and C’est la vie!, Bruno and Malik (Vincent Cassel en Reda Kateb) dedicate their lives taking care of autistic children and teens, and training young people from underprivileged areas to be their caregivers.

read more


Maternal

First Feature Competition

16:45 - 18:16 Kijkhuis 2

Lu and Fati are teen mums living in a religious shelter in Buenos Aires. When one of the girls runs away, a young nun named Paola takes care of her baby. A quiet, contemplative narrative feature debut from documentary maker Maura Delphero.

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Robin - Een Interactief Levensverhaal

Science & Cinema: 444 edition

17:30 - 18:15 Trianon 3

Please note that this event is in Dutch. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Une Colonie

First Feature Competition

19:00 - 20:42 Trianon 3

Winning Best Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards and a Crystal Bear (Berlinale) is no small feat for a feature debut. A Colony is an honest and at times awkward story about coming of age in a small town, subtly set against the background of Canada’s colonialism and indigenous culture. Unique and touching.

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The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil

Bonkers!

19:00 - 20:49 Kijkhuis 2

This action thriller from South-Korea is the most bad-ass film to play at LIFF this year. Sylvester Stallone agrees, because he is going to do a remake. It will be hard to top this original that has already screened at Cannes.

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Jojo Rabbit

Panorama

19:00 - 20:48 Trianon 1

Well, you know, just another World War II satire-comedy about a German boy struggling to confront his own nationalism with the help of his completely insane imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler. It’s one of those things that is right up Taika Waititi’s alley. And we. Can’t. Wait.

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Luce

American Indie Competition

19:15 - 21:04 Kijkhuis 1

Model student Luce Edgar shocks his teacher, Harriet, with his essay on political violence. Now Harriet, Luce and his parents have to deal with complicated questions about race, identity, morality and more. This intense, intelligent and timely thriller will linger long after the credits roll.

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Echo

Nordic Watching

19:15 - 20:37 Trianon 2

Iceland is preparing for Christmas. Somewhere, an abandoned farm is burning. A children's choir is singing Christmas carols. A girl and her mother are trying on a VR-headset. In 56 independent scenes, Echo paints a beautiful portrait of contemporary Icelandic society.

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Laurel and Hardy: The Silent Movie Project

Specials

20:15 - 22:15 Stadsgehoorzaal

In 1929, the career of Laurel & Hardy was at its top. Armed always with big smiles, Stan and Ollie find themselves in difficult situations. Wherever they go, they make a mess. The Silent Movie Project: Stan & Ollie is a piano concert that contains a selection of their best silent movies.

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A White, White Day

Nordic Watching

21:15 - 23:04 Kijkhuis 2

In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones.

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Monstri

First Feature Competition

21:15 - 23:11 Trianon 2

Divided into three chapters, Monstri tells the story of a married couple by following them for 24 hours. This layered drama is both a personal story about a complex relationship and a critical look at the expectations placed on people within contemporary Romanian society.

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The Death of Dick Long

American Indie Competition

21:15 - 22:55 Trianon 1

Dick died last night, and Zeke and Earl don’t want anybody to find out how. That’s too bad though, ’cause news travels fast in small-town Alabama. From the director of Swiss Army Man -- and just as bizarre.

read more


La Belle Époque

Panorama

21:30 - 23:23 Kijkhuis 1

If you could go back to the good old days, would they truly be better? That is what Victor, a disillusioned man in his sixties, is about to find out as his life is turned upside down when he gets the chance to return to the most memorable week of his life.

read more


Sneak Preview 2019

21:30 - 23:56 Trianon 3

Trainspotting meets Twilight in this sequel to the goosebumps-inducing family drama SLASH iconic horror sensation, based on the stories by Stephen King that became a moderate success in the 70s that writers nowadays would kill for… This time it’s all work and no play for Ewan McGregor who stars as the all-grown up Danny, now dealing with alcoholism and other dark, supernatural secrets.

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Thursday 07 November

The Farewell

American Indie Competition

11:30 - 13:10 Trianon 1

After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, her family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding/reunion back in China. Based on an actual lie, this heartfelt story of family and togetherness was one of the highlights of the prestigious Sundance Festival.

read more


On the Roof

Panorama

11:45 - 13:25 Trianon 2

Prof. Rypar is a somewhat conservative pensioner who does not quite get along with the new times. When he finds a Vietnamese boy at the edge of the roof of his apartment, he decides to take him home and offer him a room. The two are very different individuals and find it hard to get along, however they both discover that they need one another.

read more


Out Stealing Horses

Nordic Watching

11:45 - 13:48 Kijkhuis 2

After the death of his wife, Trond retreats to a small village in the east of Norway. A chance encounter brings back memories of Trond’s youth… Hans Peter Morland made a stunning adaptation of Per Petterson’s award-winning novel of the same name.

read more


Spider

Panorama

12:00 - 13:45 Trianon 3

Inés, Justo, and Gerardo were right-wing anti-Allende radicals in 1970s Chile. Now, Inés and Justo are respected businesspeople, but Gerardo's lingering political conviction threatens to expose the trio's shared past. A tense thriller about the traumatic parts of Chilean history.

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Litigante

Panorama

12:00 - 13:33 Kijkhuis 1

In between raising her young son, taking care of her ill-tempered, cancer-battling mother, and navigating her career as a top-notch lawyer dealing with a major corruption scandal, Silvia could very well be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. But at this most unlikely moment, Silvia embarks on a love story for the first time in years.

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Parasite - NL ondertiteling

Panorama

13:45 - 15:57 Trianon 1

Lauded director Bong Joon-Ho has won the Palme d’Or for this magnificent film that is equal parts hilarious comedy and pitchblack drama. Follow the exploits of a family down on its luck that will do anything to get higher up in life, other people be damned.

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Mjólk

Nordic Watching

14:00 - 15:32 Kijkhuis 1

After her husband dies under suspicious circumstances, an Icelandic woman takes on the corruption of her local co-op and the outdated, exploitative system that supports it, in the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson (Rams).

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Amazing Grace

Panorama

14:15 - 15:44 Kijkhuis 2

In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded Amazing Grace, the most successful gospel album of all time, at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. The film recordings of these legendary evenings where never before shown to the public – until now!

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Why Don't You Just Die!

Bonkers!

14:15 - 15:50 Trianon 2

With a hammer behind his back, Matiev pushes the doorbell of a Russian apartment, ready for revenge. However, it turns out he's far from the only one this visually exciting splatter-punk action comedy, reminiscent of the early work of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie.

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Fahim

Panorama

14:30 - 16:20 Trianon 3

Eight-year-old chess prodigy Fahim and his father are forced to flee Bangladesh. In Paris their situation appears hopeless, until Fahim’s talents lead him to meet top chess coach Sylvain. Based on a true story, Fahim is a touching and inspirational film.

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LUX: The Realm

Lux Film Prize

16:00 - 18:16 Kijkhuis 1

When a corrupt politician is made a scapegoat by his fellow colleagues, he must race against time to avoid prison by playing the system. This leads to a desperate realization about the corruption he helped maintain in this pulse-pounding new thriller.

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While at War

Panorama

16:15 - 18:02 Kijkhuis 2

With While At War, Alejandro Amenábar (Abre los Ojos, Mar Adrento, The Others) offers a revealing look at an important aspect of Spanish history: the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Historical figure and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno decides to ask Franco for clemency when the lives of his colleague academics are threatened.

read more


Brittany Runs a Marathon

Panorama

16:30 - 18:14 Trianon 1

Brittany decides, as you do, to drastically turn her life around and take up running. But is she going in the right direction? A brilliant Jillian Bell in this heartwarming, whip-smart comedy that you just need to experience every now and then.

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Days of the Bagnold Summer

First Feature Competition

16:45 - 18:11 Trianon 2

Based on the 2012 award-winning graphic novel by Joff Winterhart about Sue, a librarian, and Daniel, her fifteen-year-old son who listens only to Metallica. Directed by Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners) and with an original soundtrack by Belle & Sebastian: enough ingredients to make true LIFF favourite.

read more


Harajuku

Nordic Watching

17:00 - 18:22 Trianon 3

Vilde is fascinated by Harajuku, a vibrant district in Tokyo. When her world is suddenly turned upside down, her only wish is to escape to Tokyo. A Nordic film like you have never seen before, dark but with a colorful twist.

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Il traditore

Panorama

18:30 - 20:55 Kijkhuis 2

In the early 1980s, Tommaso Buscetta does something that rocks the mafia to its core. After becoming involved in the raging wars between the Sicilian mafia bosses, he decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the mafia.

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The Mustang

First Feature Competition

19:00 - 20:36 Kijkhuis 1

Irresistible, this story about a convict with a violent past who is offered the chance to participate in a new rehabilitation program, where prisoners help tame wild horses. With Matthias Schoenaerts, directed by newcomer Laure de Clermont Tonerre.

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Hors normes

Panorama

19:00 - 20:54 Trianon 1

In this beautiful true story by the directors of Intouchables and C’est la vie!, Bruno and Malik (Vincent Cassel en Reda Kateb) dedicate their lives taking care of autistic children and teens, and training young people from underprivileged areas to be their caregivers.

read more


The Art of Self-Defense

Bonkers!

19:00 - 20:44 Trianon 3

Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) enlists in a karate class to learn how to defend himself, but finds that his sensei can teach him more than just karate. Maybe even a little too much… This dark comedy echoes the work of LIFF Favourite Yorgos Lanthimos.

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Ode to Nothing

Panorama

19:15 - 20:47 Trianon 2

Sonya lives her life in a lonely routine, struggling to keep her family-owned funeral home afloat. One day she finds a body lying at her doorstep, which is the start of a highly unusual friendship. An inscrutable, tender and bitterly comic film about the desire for companionship.

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Klassiekers met Koolhoven

Specials

20:15 - 22:15 Leidse Schouwburg

Please note that this event is in Dutch. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Kamer 306

Specials

20:30 - 22:15 Wibar

Kamer 306 recounts a forgotten chapter in music history. In the 1950s, groundbreaking research at the Philips Physics Laboratory laid the foundation for electronic music ever since. Afterwards, musician and composer Thomas Ankersmit will perform his homage to this pioneering work.

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Seberg

American Indie Competition

21:15 - 22:51 Trianon 3

Hollywood, 1968. The celebrated A BOUT DE SOUFFLE star and global style icon, American actress Jean Seberg returns from Paris to the States, but soon finds herself on the radar of an illegal FBI surveillance program because of her ties to the civil rights movement. Kristen Stewart shines as Seberg in this intriguing biopic.

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Volkskrant Presents: A Moment of Science, Please!

Specials

21:15 - 23:15 Kijkhuis 1

Please note that this event is in Dutch. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Deerskin

Bonkers!

21:15 - 22:32 Trianon 2

Another absurdist comedy by Quentin Dupieux, in his unique style: Deerskin. Jean Dujardin shows off his comedic ability as the main character, who goes to extreme lengths to make sure he is the only one looking good in his kind of jacket. Filming the results, Dupieux adds metacommentary to discuss the point of film.

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Late Night

Panorama

21:30 - 23:12 Trianon 1

Katherine Newbury’s (Emma Thompson) talk show is in the slumps. To revitalize her program, she hires Molly Patel (Mindy Kahling) - a breath of fresh air who shows her that millennials don't have to be all that scary in this uplifting comedy about friendship, cultural differences and surviving in a, luckily, ever-changing world.

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And Then We Danced

Panorama

21:30 - 23:16 Kijkhuis 2

A young dancer tries to come to terms with his feelings for men within the framework of a repressive and conservative Georgian society. A touching story about love, prejudice and the freedom and restrictions of the language of dance, impressively shot by Levin Akin (Certain People).

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Party Like It's 1999

Specials

22:00 - 04:00 De Paradijsvogel

The year Britney accidentally did something again, the year we went to Ibiza with the Vengaboys and the Backstreet Boys knew exactly what they wanted. That year deserves its own party!

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Friday 08 November

Bad Poems

Panorama

11:15 - 12:52 Trianon 2

Tamás' girlfriend breaks up with him and he wants to figure out if love only exists when it's practically gone. Super original Hungarian film somewhere in between Eternal Sunshine and Charlie and Hannah’s Grand Night Out. Melancholic dramedy with epic edits.

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Luce

American Indie Competition

11:30 - 13:19 Trianon 1

Model student Luce Edgar shocks his teacher, Harriet, with his essay on political violence. Now Harriet, Luce and his parents have to deal with complicated questions about race, identity, morality and more. This intense, intelligent and timely thriller will linger long after the credits roll.

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To the Stars

American Indie Competition

11:30 - 13:21 Kijkhuis 1

To the Stars is a beautifully shot black and white film set in 1960s Oklahoma. Iris Deerborne’s world changes completely when Maggie appears and an unlikely relationship between the two develops. A mesmerizing and almost mystical film, a true gem found at Sundance.

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A Tale of Three Sisters

Panorama

11:45 - 13:33 Kijkhuis 2

A father in a small village in the north of Turkey tries everything to give his daughters a better life. He sends them to rich families, as foster children and maids. All three of them return for various reasons. Are they better off at home?

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The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil

Bonkers!

12:00 - 13:49 Trianon 3

This action thriller from South-Korea is the most bad-ass film to play at LIFF this year. Sylvester Stallone agrees, because he is going to do a remake. It will be hard to top this original that has already screened at Cannes.

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Il testimone invisibile

Panorama

13:45 - 15:27 Kijkhuis 1

A successful businessman is found in a locked hotel room with the body of his mistress and a lot of cash. To prove his innocence, he asks for the help of a famous lawyer. This thrilling race against time will keep you guessing until the very end.

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Deerskin

Bonkers!

13:45 - 15:02 Trianon 2

Another absurdist comedy by Quentin Dupieux, in his unique style: Deerskin. Jean Dujardin shows off his comedic ability as the main character, who goes to extreme lengths to make sure he is the only one looking good in his kind of jacket. Filming the results, Dupieux adds metacommentary to discuss the point of film.

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Late Night

Panorama

14:00 - 15:42 Trianon 1

Katherine Newbury’s (Emma Thompson) talk show is in the slumps. To revitalize her program, she hires Molly Patel (Mindy Kahling) - a breath of fresh air who shows her that millennials don't have to be all that scary in this uplifting comedy about friendship, cultural differences and surviving in a, luckily, ever-changing world.

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Fahim

Panorama

14:00 - 15:50 Kijkhuis 2

Eight-year-old chess prodigy Fahim and his father are forced to flee Bangladesh. In Paris their situation appears hopeless, until Fahim’s talents lead him to meet top chess coach Sylvain. Based on a true story, Fahim is a touching and inspirational film.

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Monstri

First Feature Competition

14:15 - 16:11 Trianon 3

Divided into three chapters, Monstri tells the story of a married couple by following them for 24 hours. This layered drama is both a personal story about a complex relationship and a critical look at the expectations placed on people within contemporary Romanian society.

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American Indie Shorts - 2019

Shorts

15:30 - 17:00 Trianon 2

A lot of indie directors featured in past LIFF-competitions began their careers making short films. In this program, we bring you the best shorts from the United States, and give unknown filmmakers a stage to showcase their talent in front of an international audience.

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American Indie Shorts - 2019

Shorts

15:30 - 17:00 Trianon 2

A lot of indie directors featured in past LIFF-competitions began their careers making short films. In this program, we bring you the best shorts from the United States, and give unknown filmmakers a stage to showcase their talent in front of an international audience.

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LUX: God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya

Lux Film Prize

16:00 - 17:55 Kijkhuis 1

Every January, the local priest of a small Macedonian village throws a wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. This time, Petrunya dives into the water on a whim and wins. A sympathetic movie with a fierce protagonist.

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The Friend

American Indie Competition

16:15 - 18:19 Trianon 1

Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck star in this intensely moving and beautifully mounted drama, telling the story of how a friend saved a family after their young mother's diagnosis with terminal cancer.

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The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

Panorama

16:15 - 18:34 Kijkhuis 2

A deserving winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard prize, this sumptuous tale of two sisters cruelly separated by family and fate makes for deeply moving drama.

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Une Colonie

First Feature Competition

16:45 - 18:27 Trianon 3

Winning Best Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards and a Crystal Bear (Berlinale) is no small feat for a feature debut. A Colony is an honest and at times awkward story about coming of age in a small town, subtly set against the background of Canada’s colonialism and indigenous culture. Unique and touching.

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Office Space

1999

17:30 - 18:59 Trianon 2

The appliances may be somewhat outdated, but since time inside the office walls moves somewhat more slowly than in the real world, both the characters and the humor are still as delicious, familiar, and up-to-date as ever.

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System Crasher

First Feature Competition

18:45 - 20:43 Kijkhuis 1

No matter where Benni goes, she is immediately kicked out again. The wild nine-year-old is what the youth welfare office refers to as a “system crasher”. In this intense but impressive drama we see both the good and bad in Benni, and root for her on her quest to find a home.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

American Indie Competition

19:00 - 20:37 Kijkhuis 2

After running away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a pro wrestler, a man who has Down syndrome befriends an outlaw (Shia LaBeouf), who becomes his coach and ally in this lovely feel-good adventure.

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The Farewell

American Indie Competition

19:00 - 20:40 Trianon 1

After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, her family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding/reunion back in China. Based on an actual lie, this heartfelt story of family and togetherness was one of the highlights of the prestigious Sundance Festival.

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Calm With Horses

First Feature Competition

19:00 - 20:41 Trianon 3

In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas 'Arm' Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic young son. Torn between these two families, Arm's loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.

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Dark Side of the Moon

Science & Cinema: 444 edition

19:30 - 21:30 Oude Sterrewacht

Party time! We have programmed a special edition of Science & Cinema, in honour of the 444th anniversary of Leiden University. The program will feature 4 special films in unique locations, surprising events, and a very attractive €4,44 entry fee!

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Three Summers

Panorama

19:30 - 21:04 Trianon 2

Over a trio of summers, a caretaker for luxury condominiums relies on her resourcefulness and her eye for opportunity to take advantage of whatever comes her way. Sandra Kogut’s episodic small-scale reflection on national corruption is both humorous and inventive.

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Funked Up @ LIFF 2019

Specials

20:30 - 02:00 Scheltema

Is it a club night? A mini festival? Who knows? We sure don’t! In any case: lots of funk, soul, afro, jazz, hiphop, rock, reggae, ska, and lots of good times. With Broken Brass Ensemble, Love The System, Mungo Bungo, Kiloknallers, De Nachtelijke Escapades en Strik & Strak’s Silent Disco.

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Voor Niemand Wat Wils 2019

Specials

21:10 - 23:10 Kijkhuis 1

Please note that this event is in Dutch. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Vivarium

Bonkers!

21:15 - 22:52 Trianon 3

A young woman and her fiancé (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) are in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple finds themselves trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child in this surreal fable.

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Voor Niemand Wat Wils 2019

Specials

21:15 - 23:15 Kijkhuis 1

Please note that this event is in Dutch. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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La Belle Époque

Panorama

21:30 - 23:23 Kijkhuis 2

If you could go back to the good old days, would they truly be better? That is what Victor, a disillusioned man in his sixties, is about to find out as his life is turned upside down when he gets the chance to return to the most memorable week of his life.

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Jojo Rabbit

Panorama

21:30 - 23:18 Trianon 1

Well, you know, just another World War II satire-comedy about a German boy struggling to confront his own nationalism with the help of his completely insane imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler. It’s one of those things that is right up Taika Waititi’s alley. And we. Can’t. Wait.

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Harajuku

Nordic Watching

21:45 - 23:07 Trianon 2

Vilde is fascinated by Harajuku, a vibrant district in Tokyo. When her world is suddenly turned upside down, her only wish is to escape to Tokyo. A Nordic film like you have never seen before, dark but with a colorful twist.

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Saturday 09 November

O Beautiful Night

Bonkers!

11:15 - 12:44 Trianon 2

A young musician meets a mysterious man who speaks with an Eastern-European accent and claims to be Death himself. Together they embark on a nocturnal odyssey full of dark humor, and eccentric characters in illustrator-turned-director Xaver Böhm visually stunning fairytale.

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Flatland

Panorama

11:30 - 13:27 Trianon 3

A disastrous wedding night leads to an accidental killing, after which Natalie flees, together with her rebellious and heavily pregnant best friend Poppie on horseback. This eccentric not-quite-Western surprises from beginning to end with its colorful depiction of life in a small South African rural town.

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Judy

Panorama

11:30 - 13:28 Trianon 1

The compelling story of Judy Garland, who was so much more than just the girl from The Wizard of Oz. She’s played by Renée Zellweger, who, in turn, proves once again that she is so much more than just Bridget Jones.

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Todo Sobre Mi Madre

1999

11:30 - 13:10 Kijkhuis 2

Pedro Almodóvar’s modern classic is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special screening at LIFF!

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System Crasher

First Feature Competition

11:45 - 13:43 Kijkhuis 1

No matter where Benni goes, she is immediately kicked out again. The wild nine-year-old is what the youth welfare office refers to as a “system crasher”. In this intense but impressive drama we see both the good and bad in Benni, and root for her on her quest to find a home.

read more


Look Beyond: Shorts

Specials

13:00 - 13:45 Old School

This year, LIFF will be looking into understanding through the medium of film. How do we, as viewers, relate to what is shown? By using virtual reality, lectures and personal short films, we try to find answers. Join us at Old School on Saturday 9 November!

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Look Beyond: VR-Experience

Specials

13:00 - 21:00 Old School Café

This year, LIFF will be looking into understanding through the medium of film. How do we, as viewers, relate to what is shown? By using virtual reality, lectures and personal short films, we try to find answers. Join us at Old School on Saturday 9 November!

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The Kill Team

First Feature Competition

13:30 - 15:07 Trianon 2

When Andrew, a young American soldier, witnesses his fellow recruits murdering innocent Afghan citizens, he knows he should tell his superiors. But what if this makes him the next target? Dan Krauss adapts his 2013 documentary of the same name into a fascinating and confronting war movie.

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Sorry We Missed You

Panorama

14:00 - 15:42 Trianon 1

You'll never get mad at delayed delivery drivers after you’ve seen this film. Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) strikes again in this UK drama about a delivery driver and his family who are struggling to get by in modern-day England.

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The Art of Self-Defense

Bonkers!

14:00 - 15:44 Trianon 3

Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) enlists in a karate class to learn how to defend himself, but finds that his sensei can teach him more than just karate. Maybe even a little too much… This dark comedy echoes the work of LIFF Favourite Yorgos Lanthimos.

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It Must Be Heaven

Panorama

14:00 - 15:37 Kijkhuis 2

A church in Nazareth with a door that won't open. A deserted Paris. A New York supermarket with as many guns as fresh produce. In a series of darkly comic vignettes, Palestinian director Elia Suleiman investigates the meaning of being in exile, and the absurdities of nationalism, normality, and identity.

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Look Beyond: Shorts

Specials

14:00 - 14:45 Old School

This year, LIFF will be looking into understanding through the medium of film. How do we, as viewers, relate to what is shown? By using virtual reality, lectures and personal short films, we try to find answers. Join us at Old School on Saturday 9 November!

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Lucky Grandma

American Indie Competition

14:15 - 15:55 Kijkhuis 1

The title character of this film is a chain-smoking Chinese grandmother who goes all in in the casino and lands herself on the wrong side of luck--and in the middle of a Chinese gang war.

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Vai

Specials

15:00 - 16:46 Old School

Vai' is a portmanteau feature film made by 9 female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in 7 different Pacific countries: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai, played by a different indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries. In each of these Pacific nations 'vai' means water.

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Echo

Nordic Watching

15:30 - 16:52 Trianon 2

Iceland is preparing for Christmas. Somewhere, an abandoned farm is burning. A children's choir is singing Christmas carols. A girl and her mother are trying on a VR-headset. In 56 independent scenes, Echo paints a beautiful portrait of contemporary Icelandic society.

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Alice

First Feature Competition

16:15 - 17:58 Trianon 3

After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child. This film will have you on the edge of your seat!

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Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu

Panorama

16:15 - 18:15 Trianon 1

Brittany, 1770. Marianne has to paint a wedding portrait of the beautiful Héloïse. However, the bride-to-be refuses to be painted, and thus to marry. As Marianna secretly observes Héloïse, a strange and fragile intimacy starts to develop. One of the absolute best films of the year and not to be missed.

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Il traditore

Panorama

16:30 - 18:55 Kijkhuis 1

In the early 1980s, Tommaso Buscetta does something that rocks the mafia to its core. After becoming involved in the raging wars between the Sicilian mafia bosses, he decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the mafia.

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Sometimes Always Never

First Feature Competition

16:45 - 18:16 Kijkhuis 2

His son is missing, his family is lost, but his dress sense is immaculate! With a visual style and deadpan humor reminiscent of Wes Anderson and a career-best performance by Bill Nighy as a melancholic scrabble enthusiast, Sometimes, Always, Never is a winning combination. Triple word score!

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Look Beyond: Shorts

Specials

17:00 - 17:45 Old School

This year, LIFF will be looking into understanding through the medium of film. How do we, as viewers, relate to what is shown? By using virtual reality, lectures and personal short films, we try to find answers. Join us at Old School on Saturday 9 November!

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Bonkers! Shorts 2019

Shorts

17:30 - 19:00 Trianon 2

Last year a feature program, now also to see as shorts! These short films show you the craziest stuff filmmakers have come up with this year. Throw every expectation you have out of the window and just surrender to this crazy, idiotic, unbelievable program.

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Look Beyond: Shorts

Specials

18:00 - 18:45 Old School

This year, LIFF will be looking into understanding through the medium of film. How do we, as viewers, relate to what is shown? By using virtual reality, lectures and personal short films, we try to find answers. Join us at Old School on Saturday 9 November!

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Vivarium

Bonkers!

18:45 - 20:22 Trianon 3

A young woman and her fiancé (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) are in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple finds themselves trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child in this surreal fable.

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A White, White Day

Nordic Watching

19:00 - 20:49 Kijkhuis 2

In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

American Indie Competition

19:00 - 20:37 Trianon 1

After running away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a pro wrestler, a man who has Down syndrome befriends an outlaw (Shia LaBeouf), who becomes his coach and ally in this lovely feel-good adventure.

read more


Look Beyond: Shorts

Specials

19:00 - 19:45 Old School

This year, LIFF will be looking into understanding through the medium of film. How do we, as viewers, relate to what is shown? By using virtual reality, lectures and personal short films, we try to find answers. Join us at Old School on Saturday 9 November!

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J'ai Perdu Mon Corps

First Feature Competition

19:30 - 20:51 Trianon 2

A cut-off hand escapes from a dissection lab with one goal in mind: to get back to its body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to… until he met Gabrielle.

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The House of Us

Panorama

19:30 - 21:03 Kijkhuis 1

Hirokazu Kore-eda fans, pay attention! In The House of Us, the young Hana tries to navigate her parent’s divorce and other hardships of adult life. Director Ga-eun Yoon proves herself one of the world’s finest filmmakers in the way she captures contemporary childhood.

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Het Collectief Looks Beyond

Specials

20:00 - 21:30 Old School

This year, LIFF will be looking into understanding through the medium of film. How do we, as viewers, relate to what is shown? By using virtual reality, lectures and personal short films, we try to find answers. Join us at Old School on Saturday 9 November!

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Beats

Panorama

21:00 - 22:41 Wibar

Scotland, 1994. Best mates Johnno and Spanner are destined for different futures. In pursuit of adventure and an escape, the boys head out to an illegal rave for one last night together. A universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth.

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Stitches

Panorama

21:15 - 23:00 Trianon 3

Even after 20 years, Ana is still convinced that her child didn’t die right after he was born, but that he was taken away from her. A new lead gives her some hope, but how far is she willing to go without losing her family?

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Brittany Runs a Marathon

Panorama

21:15 - 22:59 Kijkhuis 2

Brittany decides, as you do, to drastically turn her life around and take up running. But is she going in the right direction? A brilliant Jillian Bell in this heartwarming, whip-smart comedy that you just need to experience every now and then.

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Luce

American Indie Competition

21:30 - 23:19 Kijkhuis 1

Model student Luce Edgar shocks his teacher, Harriet, with his essay on political violence. Now Harriet, Luce and his parents have to deal with complicated questions about race, identity, morality and more. This intense, intelligent and timely thriller will linger long after the credits roll.

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Parasite - NL ondertiteling

Panorama

21:30 - 23:42 Trianon 1

Lauded director Bong Joon-Ho has won the Palme d’Or for this magnificent film that is equal parts hilarious comedy and pitchblack drama. Follow the exploits of a family down on its luck that will do anything to get higher up in life, other people be damned.

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Bonkers! Surprise Screening

Bonkers!

21:45 - 23:16 Trianon 2

Escaped from a small village in India this film went on a rampage to the Toronto Film Festival and has now, for the first time, arrived in The Netherlands. But can it be stopped? This visual masterpiece is an attack on the senses and truly Bonkers in every way, but it will definitely be a unique experience. Do you dare?

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LIFF Slotfeest: Clubnight

Specials

23:00 - 05:00 Wibar

Brand new cultural initiative EYES WIDE SHUT pays homage to the nightlife, electronic music and the rave. We'll have a final dance in the Wibar. The best electronic live-acts and rock solid dj-sets from in and out of town fill up Leiden's new creative breeding ground.

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Sunday 10 November

Parasite - ENG subtitles

Panorama

11:30 - 13:42 Trianon 1

Lauded director Bong Joon-Ho has won the Palme d’Or for this magnificent film that is equal parts hilarious comedy and pitchblack drama. Follow the exploits of a family down on its luck that will do anything to get higher up in life, other people be damned.

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Kids Filmgala 2019

Specials

11:30 - 13:30 Stadsgehoorzaal

Unfortunately this event is in Dutch without subtitles.

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Une Colonie

First Feature Competition

11:45 - 13:27 Kijkhuis 2

Winning Best Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards and a Crystal Bear (Berlinale) is no small feat for a feature debut. A Colony is an honest and at times awkward story about coming of age in a small town, subtly set against the background of Canada’s colonialism and indigenous culture. Unique and touching.

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Bellbird

First Feature Competition

11:45 - 13:20 Trianon 3

This quietly powerful feature debut, told with warm humor, takes us into the heart of a small rural town in New Zealand, where a community comes together after a tragic death.

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I Am Rembrandt

Specials

11:45 - 12:30 Trianon 2

Unfortunately, this film is in Dutch, without subtitles. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Harajuku

Nordic Watching

12:00 - 13:22 Kijkhuis 1

Vilde is fascinated by Harajuku, a vibrant district in Tokyo. When her world is suddenly turned upside down, her only wish is to escape to Tokyo. A Nordic film like you have never seen before, dark but with a colorful twist.

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Ode to Nothing

Panorama

13:15 - 14:47 Trianon 2

Sonya lives her life in a lonely routine, struggling to keep her family-owned funeral home afloat. One day she finds a body lying at her doorstep, which is the start of a highly unusual friendship. An inscrutable, tender and bitterly comic film about the desire for companionship.

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Down to Earth

Specials

14:00 - 15:30 Volkenkunde

Travel around the world with a Dutch family who captures the life of indigenous groups on six different continents. Down to Earth serves as a wake-up call and a beacon of hope for the world of tomorrow.

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Spider

Panorama

14:00 - 15:45 Trianon 3

Inés, Justo, and Gerardo were right-wing anti-Allende radicals in 1970s Chile. Now, Inés and Justo are respected businesspeople, but Gerardo's lingering political conviction threatens to expose the trio's shared past. A tense thriller about the traumatic parts of Chilean history.

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The Friend

American Indie Competition

14:00 - 16:04 Kijkhuis 2

Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck star in this intensely moving and beautifully mounted drama, telling the story of how a friend saved a family after their young mother's diagnosis with terminal cancer.

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Amazing Grace

Panorama

14:15 - 15:44 Trianon 1

In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded Amazing Grace, the most successful gospel album of all time, at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. The film recordings of these legendary evenings where never before shown to the public – until now!

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La Fille au Bracelet

Panorama

14:15 - 15:50 Kijkhuis 1

16-year-old Lise is accused of murdering her best friend. In court, she’s required to account for a way of life that doesn’t always comply with the morality approved of by the justice system. Family relations and social expectations are compellingly picked apart in this intelligent French courtroom drama.

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Maternal

First Feature Competition

15:15 - 16:46 Trianon 2

Lu and Fati are teen mums living in a religious shelter in Buenos Aires. When one of the girls runs away, a young nun named Paola takes care of her baby. A quiet, contemplative narrative feature debut from documentary maker Maura Delphero.

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Alice

First Feature Competition

16:15 - 17:58 Kijkhuis 1

After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child. This film will have you on the edge of your seat!

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Sorry We Missed You

Panorama

16:15 - 17:57 Trianon 1

You'll never get mad at delayed delivery drivers after you’ve seen this film. Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) strikes again in this UK drama about a delivery driver and his family who are struggling to get by in modern-day England.

read more


To the Stars

American Indie Competition

16:30 - 18:21 Trianon 3

To the Stars is a beautifully shot black and white film set in 1960s Oklahoma. Iris Deerborne’s world changes completely when Maggie appears and an unlikely relationship between the two develops. A mesmerizing and almost mystical film, a true gem found at Sundance.

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Seberg

American Indie Competition

16:30 - 18:06 Kijkhuis 2

Hollywood, 1968. The celebrated A BOUT DE SOUFFLE star and global style icon, American actress Jean Seberg returns from Paris to the States, but soon finds herself on the radar of an illegal FBI surveillance program because of her ties to the civil rights movement. Kristen Stewart shines as Seberg in this intriguing biopic.

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Greener Grass

Bonkers!

17:15 - 18:56 Trianon 2

A deliciously twisted comedy set in a demented, timeless suburbia where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth, couples coordinate meticulously pressed outfits, and coveted family members are swapped in more ways than one in this competition for acceptance.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

American Indie Competition

18:30 - 20:07 Kijkhuis 1

After running away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a pro wrestler, a man who has Down syndrome befriends an outlaw (Shia LaBeouf), who becomes his coach and ally in this lovely feel-good adventure.

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The Souvenir

Panorama

18:45 - 20:45 Kijkhuis 2

An ambitious but shy film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) falls in love with a charismatic, mysterious older man (Tom Burke). As she throws herself into this intense and emotional relationship, she must try to distinguish between reality and fantasy.

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Hors normes

Panorama

18:45 - 20:39 Trianon 1

In this beautiful true story by the directors of Intouchables and C’est la vie!, Bruno and Malik (Vincent Cassel en Reda Kateb) dedicate their lives taking care of autistic children and teens, and training young people from underprivileged areas to be their caregivers.

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Sometimes Always Never

First Feature Competition

19:00 - 20:31 Trianon 3

His son is missing, his family is lost, but his dress sense is immaculate! With a visual style and deadpan humor reminiscent of Wes Anderson and a career-best performance by Bill Nighy as a melancholic scrabble enthusiast, Sometimes, Always, Never is a winning combination. Triple word score!

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Jesus Shows You the Way To the Highway

Bonkers!

19:15 - 20:38 Trianon 2

Two CIA agents have to stop a computer virus called "The Soviet Union", but their mission soon turns out to be a trap. This wildly unpredictable movie mixes a variety of genres in a way that simply has to be seen to be believed.

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The Blair Witch Project

1999

20:00 - 21:36 Volkenkunde

Unfortunately this screening is cancelled. Whether you like horror or not, you have to see this combination of found footage, flashlights, and runny noses. Imitated but never duplicated, and apparently irresistible.

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The Report

Panorama

21:00 - 22:58 Kijkhuis 1

Senate staffer Daniel Jones is assigned the daunting task of leading an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program after 9/11. But the release of his ‘Torture report’ encounters heavy opposition from the White House and CIA in this enthralling, old-school political thriller, thriving on an extraordinary performance by Adam Driver.

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O Beautiful Night

Bonkers!

21:00 - 22:29 Trianon 3

A young musician meets a mysterious man who speaks with an Eastern-European accent and claims to be Death himself. Together they embark on a nocturnal odyssey full of dark humor, and eccentric characters in illustrator-turned-director Xaver Böhm visually stunning fairytale.

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Mjólk

Nordic Watching

21:15 - 22:47 Kijkhuis 2

After her husband dies under suspicious circumstances, an Icelandic woman takes on the corruption of her local co-op and the outdated, exploitative system that supports it, in the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson (Rams).

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Calm With Horses

First Feature Competition

21:15 - 22:56 Trianon 2

In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas 'Arm' Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic young son. Torn between these two families, Arm's loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.

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Knives Out

Panorama

21:30 - 23:40 Trianon 1

When a famous murder mystery novelist is found dead at his estate, everyone’s a suspect… Rian Johnson (Brick, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) has created an impeccably written and extremely entertaining modern murder mystery, full of unexpected twists and turns from start to finish.

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