In de First Feature Competition presenteren wij 12 internationale filmmakers en hun eerste lange speelfilm. Ontdek je toekomstige favoriete filmmaker nu, op het Leiden International Film Festival.

Sunday 10 November

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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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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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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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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