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

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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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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Sunday 03 November

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.

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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.

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Monday 04 November

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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Tuesday 05 November

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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Wednesday 06 November

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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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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Thursday 07 November

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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Friday 08 November

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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Saturday 09 November

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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Sunday 10 November

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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