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.

Friday 01 November

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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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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Saturday 02 November

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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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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Sunday 03 November

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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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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Monday 04 November

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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Tuesday 05 November

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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Wednesday 06 November

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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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.

read more


Thursday 07 November

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.

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Friday 08 November

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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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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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.

read more


Saturday 09 November

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.

read more


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!

read more


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!

read more


Sunday 10 November

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.

read more


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!

read more


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