27 oct - 5 nov 2017



120 BPM


At the start of the 90's, activists are fighting to gain more attention for AIDS. This energetic and highly appraised drama immerses the viewer in a hopeful battle for medication and a last chance of survival. 120 BPM screens at LIFF as part of the Lux Film Prize. Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. Therefore the Parliament offers the screening free of admission fee to our audience. The films selected for the LUX FILM PRIZE competition help to air different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contribute to building a stronger European identity. They help celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration. The LUX FILM PRIZE has become a quality label backing European film productions. Its winning films have become hits within the EU and beyond. It has helped publicise films that might have otherwise been seen and discovered by few people and has put the spotlight on urgent topical issues.


48 Hour Film Project

Two teams of filmmakers accepted the challenge to create a short VR film within 48 hours, based on the themes discussed at Brave New World, conference on how future technology will impact human life. The two films will be screened in presence of the filmmakers at the Leiden International Film Festival. Brave New World is an annual conference for people who want to know what the future holds in store and how this will affect their business, policies and life. On November 2nd & 3rd, 2017 the world of culture, philosophy, science, technology and storytelling will collide. We want to discuss what ethical and societal impact new technologies could have on human life, before the innovations are introduced in society. For example: How far do we want to go with human enhancement? Does Artificial Intelligence have rights? What is the future of democracy in this digital age? What do we think of helping nature with artificial evolution? This conference is for people who want to go beyond their own field of interest, who want to network with others with innovative mindset. Brave New World is meant for professionals coming from (applied) science, industry, (semi) government and the creative industry. More info: www.bravenewworld.nl


A Ciambra


A night in the life of Pio, a fourteen-year-old Romani boy in South-Italy. He smokes, drinks and follows around his big brother Cosimo in order to learn to survive on the streets. However, when Cosimo disappears, Pio is suddenly pressured to prove that he can follow in his brother's footsteps and become a real man. On Wednesday the 1st of November A Ciambra will screen as part of the Lux Film Prize. Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. Therefore the Parliament offers the screening free of admission fee to our audience. The films selected for the LUX FILM PRIZE competition help to air different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contribute to building a stronger European identity. They help celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration. The LUX FILM PRIZE has become a quality label backing European film productions. Its winning films have become hits within the EU and beyond. It has helped publicise films that might have otherwise been seen and discovered by few people and has put the spotlight on urgent topical issues.

A Ghost Story

Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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

A Sort Of Family


When Malena hears that the baby she's been waiting for will be born soon, she starts a precarious trip full of moral and legal obstacles. She has to continuously ask herself how far she will go to in order to get what she desires most.


Comedy, Adventure

After 25 years still magical: the story of Aladdin, the street boy who accidentally makes a ghost (voiced by Robin Williams) appear out of a magical lamp and gets his help to conquer the heart of princess Jasmine. The film is introduced by Arnoud Vrolijk, curator of Eastern manuscripts and old prints of the library at the University of Leiden. He will talk about the arrival of the 1001 Night-stories in the Netherlands in the early eighteenth century and how people reacted to them.

American Indie Party

The record stores of Leiden and LIFF come togehter for the most indiest of parties. In association with Velvet and Plato we throw this year's final party in stlye: American Indie Style! St. Paul, who showed everyone his worth at Lowlands festival earlier this year, will now show us how yes, you cán dance to LCD Soundsystem, Pavement and Sonic Youth in his amazing American Indie Disco. And that's not even the end of it! Feast your eyes on the amazing visuals by VJ Switchdochter, who'll blend together iconic indie movie moments into one fantastic mix.

American Indie Shorts

A short film can often be the beginning of a successful directing career. LIFF-winners Short Term 12 and Whiplash, for example, began as shorts. In American Indie Shorts, we give unknown filmmakers a stage to showcase their talent infront of an international audience. Bride of Frankie In this darkly comedic feminist nod to Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor's lonely creation with electrifying, and deadly, results. Fall Repeat A dancer compromises for the sake of ambition while her mentor pushes boundaries of power. Night Shift The Local 24-Hour Convenience Store is Invaded by a Bite-Sized Flying Saucer. The Passenger A taxi driver is shaken when a mysterious passenger is in dire need of an unusual favor. Alchemy An epic transformation manifests from a seemingly routine interview. As a failed everyman begins to work through pages and pages of questions, time elongates. He finds himself tormented, isolated, battling the unknown, ultimately transcending into a heightened reality, discovering a new life between multiple worlds both familiar and otherworldly. Time to Fade Billy's imaginary friend struggles to bring up the news that tonight is the last time the will ever see each other. Breeze in the Storm While fleeing an ugly breakup, a man is mistaken for an adulterer and becomes caught in a deranged revenge plot. Tiny Mammals Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men) narrates this haunting Southern gothic tale of 12-year-old twins Sophia and Jacob, who set out to sell "special bibles"... until the storm comes. Starring Sophia Lillis (Stephen King's It) and Lucy Walters (Power).


Bad Genius

Crime, Comedy

Top student and genius Lynn can earn 1 million dollars by sharing the answers to the SAT-test. However, she will have to take the same exam in Australia and Thailand, on the same day. This comical teen drama won a variety of audience awards.

Band Aid


Married couple Anna (Lister-Jones, known for her role in New Girl AND an old friend of our very own festival, that she visited to promote her film Breaking Upwards in 2009) and Ben (Pally) fight constantly. Until one day they come up with the brilliant idea to start a band and use their arguments as songwriting inspiration. Band Aid offers an honest, intelligent, and hilarious perspective on modern relationships. Lister-Jones, Pally and the rest of the all-female crew create a moving and comedic portrayal of a couple in denial.

Battle Of The Sexes

Biographical, Comedy, Drama

Can Billie Jean King (Stone), the world best female tennis player, beat Bobby Riggs (Carell), former champion and intolerable chauvinist? The makers of Little Miss Sunshine tell the true story in this funny and thrilling comedy.

Becoming Bond

Biographical, Comedy

“The name is Lazenby, George Lazenby.” A LIFF exclusive, this is the absolutely unbelievable true story of an Austrialian car salesman who accidentally becomes the next James Bond. And then turns down the next six films, a million dollar deal, as well as eternal glory. Featuring George Lazenby as himself, a man who always did have secret agent qualities – both the good and the bad ones.

Best of LISFE

A selection of the best shorts of the yearly Leiden International Short Film Festival. Every year in May, 130 of the best shorts from more than 20 countries come to Leiden, with genres ranging from animation to documentary and from comedy to horror. Metube 2 - August sings Carmina Burana (5'00, Daniel Moshel, Austria) The biggest, boldest, and sexiest operatic flash mob the internet has ever witnessed! Watu Wote (21'34, Katja Benrath, Germany, Audience Award LISFE 2017) For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail. Domingo (20'00, Raul Lopez Echeverria, Mexico) Domingo is a sports journalist. He comments soccer matches that take place in his neighborhood improvised field until an opportunity as a professional commentator arises. After much insistence, he gets to audition for local television. United Interest (8'56, Tim Weimann, Germany) A vibrant cable car ride through an early 20th century San Francisco joint with oncoming animated figures marks the setting that bids farewell to the alleged blessings of capitalism. Il Silenzio (15'00, Ali Asgari, Italy, Best Short LISFE 2017) Fatma and her mother are Kurdish refugees in Italy. On their visit to the doctor, Fatma has to translate what the doctor tells to her mother but she keeps silent. Digital Immigrants (21'00, Dennis Stauffer & Norbert Kottmann, Switzerland, Best Student Short LISFE 2017) 198: The home computer arrives in our living rooms and overruns a whole generation. Only those who master the new technology have a future. vs. 2016: A group of senior citizens is trying to adapt to the speed of computerization in order to find their place in the digital age. Pink Velvet Valley (5'30, Sébastien Petretti, Belgium) A shithole somewhere in Scotland, a cab falling to bits and Alec Calan facing an acute case of Ray-ban addiction : welcome to Pink Velvet Valley!

Big Fish & Begonia

Anime, Adventure

In a world within our world unseen by any humans, creatures with enormous power exist. This is where Chun lives, who transforms in a dolphin when she turns sixteen so that she can explore the human world. There she meets a boy with whom she develops an extraordinary bond. The Reel China programme is made possible by the Confucius Instituut.

Blade Runner 2049 incl. Intro

Action, Sci-Fi

30 years after the events in Blade Runner, Ryan Gosling chases after androids and encounters Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). The newest by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) is again a visual masterpiece. With an introductory talk by science journalist George van Hal.

Brawl In Cell Block 99

Action, Crime, Thriller

When Bradley (Vince Vaughn like you've never seen him before) lands in jail after a drug deal gone wrong and an intense firefight with the police, that is only the beginning... His enemies force him into increasingly violent actions, and slowly prison changes into a battle field. Not for the faint-hearted!



The directorial debut of Andy Serkis tells the true story of the adventurous and brilliant Robin (Garfield), who suddenly gets paralyzed by polio. His wife Diana (Foy, known from the Crown) doesn't give up and is determined to take him home and make him better. A gripping and hopeful story about courage, love and progress, and what it means to be free.

Brigsby Bear

Comedy, Drama

James, 35, is obsessed with the television show Brigsby Bear Adventures, a low-budget tv-show for children produced for an audience consisting of only one person: James. When the show ends abruptly, James' life becomes entirely uncertain. From that moment on he has one clear goal: finish the story of Brigsby Bear himself. Brigsby Bear is a heartfelt, moving film about creativity; a film to love!


C'est La Vie!


A wedding is the happiest day in any lucky couple's life. But to caterer Max and his colleagues, it's a day like any other. Although... a view behind the scenes of a spectacular wedding in a 17th century castle reveals that every moment of joy can easily turn into a disaster. The team from Les Intouchables returns with a new comedy that will no doubt turn into a huge hit. The LIFF is your chance to be the first to see it!

Children Of Men incl. Intro

Sci-Fi Action

Possibly a bit too scary and realistic in our time, this sci-fi thriller by Alfonso Cuarón. In 2027 earth is in chaos and no one is fertile, except for one pregnant woman who needs to be brought into safety.

Cinema Brewers Shorts Selection

Support the film industry by drinking beer! LIFF is proud to collaborate with Cinema Brewers once again. Cinema Brewers is an Amsterdam-based brewing company that develops special film-themed beers. Last year's special edition-beer was such a big hit that the company decided to launch the Cinema Brewers Film Fund. For every beer sold, five cents were added to the fund, the final proceeds of which we will hand out at this year's festival. Curated from all over the world, this program's special selection of short films is still in the running for that Cinema Brewers Film Fund prize of a whopping €2500. Robot & Scarecrow A fairy tale set against the backdrop of a heady summer music festival, where a robot and a scarecrow meet and fall in love. Herod’s Daugther La Fille d'Hérode is a fashion film that was produced to announce Larose-Paris’ new line of luxury berets. Taking its inspiration from 1991’s Cannes Grand Prize winner La Belle Noiseuse, the film portrays talents Salome Zimmerlin and Adam Markovic in a nude drawing session. All drawings and paintings in the film are from Markovic himself, and his wife Sharon Okun. The film was first released as an exclusivity on Vogue France. Nicole’s Cage The big wheel in the most exciting area of the city is the perfect real estate for Jakob and Nicole, a young, ambitious and firmly in the event culture anchored couple. When one of the popular gondolas becomes free, they do not hesitate to move into their first common flat. Unfortunately none of them both has taken the time to get to know his partner before. Au Revoir Balthazar A scarecrow, a storm, a broken leg. The resonant sound of a sea shell. Leaving forever. Written/Unwritten Outside a maternity ward, a Roma family is announced their underage daughter has just had a baby girl. Pardică (50) doesn’t seem to celebrate the moment; he is very displeased with this early pregnancy, for which he blames his wife. However, things become even tenser when a hospital employee asks them to sign some papers and discovers issues related to their IDs and their status as parents of the underage new mother. The imminent danger of state authorities separating them from their daughter determines Pardică to take action. The Vest A story of regret. An anonymous man in rush hour of a city. Unbeknownst to anyone he is wearing a suicide vest. While walking through the crowds, he is disturbed by unexpected glimpses of humanity. He breaks down. Can he complete his mission? At my Home Left alone as only inhabitants of a deserted fishermen village, two elderly, Lucia and Peppino, live in the hope that winter will never end. Als Jij Nog Vrij Rondloopt While he tries to escape the Nazi soldiers chasing him, a rebellious teenager writes a bold but honest love letter to the girl who altered his perspective on life.



Gloria (Hathaway) has no job, no money, no purpose in life and, as of now, no boyfriend (Stevens) and hence no place to stay. She sets out for the small-town America she grew up in, gets herself a job as a waitress in a bar that belongs to her old friend-slash-softy Oscar (Sudeikis) and otherwise occupies herself with sleeping and daytime drinking. But then Seoul is attacked by a giant monster, with whom Gloria seems to have a very special bond…




A successful doctor loses his younger brother in a gang-related attack. He decides to give up his good life and become a masked fighter to take vengeance on his brother's death. Powerful Nordic crime film

Dave Made A Maze incl. Q&A


It can happen to the best of us: you come home from a weekend away and your boyfriend, frustrated artist Dave (Thune), tells you that he's stuck in his self-made cardboard maze. It befalls Annie (Kumbhani), who sets aside her disbelief and enters the maze along with some acquaintances for a rescue mission, which comes with serious consequences... You don't want to miss this ingenious, funny and creative film! Followed by a Q&A with actrice Meera Kuhmbani.


Drama, Comedy

A racing driver in 2022 ends up in an accident and experiences a near-death-experience. In that moment he travels back in time to the 1990s to find his father and mother, whom he's never met, in a small Chinese town. The Reel China programme is made possible by the Confucius Instituut.


Eerlijk zullen We Allen Spelen


SUB071 was an underground music venue in Leiden that operated between 2007 and 2015. Hundreds music shows have been organised during that time. The venue was invisible to many despite being located in the city center: it was located in the Multipleks squat, across from Leiden Central Station. The shows where intimate, intense, they revolved around nothing other than music. It was a venue where numbers didn’t matter, it was all about collaborating and providing a stage for everyone. The Multipleks squat was closed down in 2015 and demolished shortly after. Eerlijk Zullen We Allen Spelen (Dutch wordplay on “share and share a like”) captures the atmosphere of this tiny music venue and investigates the importance of a venue like SUB071 for a city. The documentary shows the beauty of DIY-mentality and that one can do great things with very little means.


Fantastic Planet incl. live filmmuziek


Forty-four years after it won the Special Prize at Cannes, the surreal animated allegory of Fantastic Planet is returning to cinemas at LIFF. Directed by René Laloux and given its uniquely trippy visual appeal by surrealist Roland Topor, Fantastic Planet takes viewers to the Dali-esque world of Ygam where the human-ish Oms live like pets, or vermin, to the gigantic, intellectually advanced, blue-skinned Draags … until an Om named Terr, raised from infancy in a Draag household, escapes into the wild with access to his masters’ knowledge. The uncanny animation, reminiscent of Monty Python’s Flying Circus as much as Hieronymus Bosch paintings, enhances the film’s otherworldliness. Roland Topor wrote the screenplay with Laloux, adapting Stefan Wul’s novel Oms en série into a sci-fi parable on everything from racism and animal rights to systematic oppression and state-sponsored terrorism. Specially for LIFF pianist and organist Matteo Mijderwijk has composed a new soundtrack for Fantastic Planet, which he will perform for a live audience. Theater group Al Dente will provide dialogue on the spot, which makes this a unique and compelling audiovisual experience only LIFF could offer.

Final Portrait

Biographical, Comedy, Drama

Paris, 1964. Alberto Giaocometti (Rush) encounters an old friend and asks to him to pose for him. Weeks go by with no results, and James quickly realizes that his life has been hijacked by the erratic master painter. A frustrating, joyful and chaotic search for perfection by director Staney Tucci.

Funked Up at LIFF

FUNKED UP at LIFF The Leiden International Film Festival (oct 27 – nov 5) will host the 20th (!) edition of Funked Up. All the more reason to welcome back some of our favourite acts, as well as unleash some of our new favourites onto the crowd. Needless to say, we are extremely excited about this line-up! FUNKY ORGANIZERS We consider this act to be the new festival sensation, so we’re super proud to welcome them as closing act in the Main Hall. Put seven young dogs bursting with talent together in a cage. Throw away the key and leave to simmer. The result: groovy funk mixed in with modern oldskool performed as if they’re playing to save their lives. In short: not suitable for people who are afraid of a swirling, steaming, dancing mass of people. http://bit.ly/2yaKTfU SARAH-JANE Define this act? Forget it! Sarah-Jane is Sarah Jane. The talented soul singer started out her career as a background singer for Glennis Grace, Sabrina Starke and Rita Marley, to name a few. She surprised at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2015 and then Sarah-Jane was off to a flying start. You might remember her debut single ‘Psychedlic Love’. With a new EP in the pocket she’ll come to bring magic to the Scheltema, and then she’s off an a two week tour with none other than Billy Ocean. http://bit.ly/2g6lrll MARTYRI Martyri is a sparkling group of eight friends from Rotterdam, bringing a fresh mix of jazz, R&B, funk, energetic compositions, bombastic brass and spicy chords. The deep and hefty grooves, intense harmonies, storytelling solo’s and well-arranged pieces result in music to dance to, but listen to as well. The group were off to a flying start after they were founded in 2014, and played SummerJazz and North Sea Jazz Festival no more than a year later. Now, they’re continuing their journey abroad, touring China in the weeks leading up to Funked Up. On Friday, November 3rd, they’ll return to Leiden, releasing their second album ‘Creation of the Invisible’ on the same day. Mark as down as fan! http://bit.ly/2xud8Cn RAFIKI “ Hey man, what if you’d play some African stuff at Funked Up” “ YEAAAH!!!’, came the excited reply. And thus was born Rafiki (friend). Almost five years later, Rafiki is a big name in the African Dance scene in the big cities of Holland, at festivals and at his own festival concept Karibu. Needless to say, we cannot celebrate this 20th edition of Funked Up without him. Plus, he’s leaving for Africa immediately after our show. So be sure to have a last dive in that afro vibe, with surprising, energetic styles such as Makossa, Zouglou and Soukous from Sub Saharan Africa! http://bit.ly/2xstEHP EELKE MASTERBROEK TRIO Virtuous guitarist Eelke Masterbroek was given carte blanche two time before already, and brought us raw blues and soul. His own work, combined with intimate renditions of his musical heroes, all flanked by top musicians. Back by very popular demand. Earlier, he played the big names of Dutch pop music, such as Handsome Poets and Rigby. Now, he’s following his own plan. SEMIMO is his very own act, combining blues, ambient, tribal, analogue, digital, dance and funk. (Check him out during Popronde Leiden @ Vrijplaats, October 26th. ) For Funked Up, he’ll bring a blues trio consisting of none other than Jordi Guens on the drums and Erik Rademakers on bass (both known for their work in Selah Sue). http://bit.ly/2hBHEUT 4 SHOTS & A POSITIVE NOTE With frontman Hugo Knoppert and multi-instrumentalist Sybren Steensma in their midst, they are perhaps the most frequented Funked Up performers of them all. Both were in The George Experience, the very first band of Funked Up. 4 Shots & A Positive Note brings soulful rap with a message. Be there and be early, because they’ll kick off the evening at 20:15! http://bit.ly/2gqqABE



Action, Drama

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God's Own Country


Sheep farmer Jonny (O'Connor) fills his life with alcohol and casual sex. When the Romanian immigrant Gheorge (Secareanu) comes to work on the farm, Jonny develops unexpected feelings for him. A beautiful and lasting debut by director Francis Lee.

Golden Exits


After 2015’s Listen Up Philip, Alex Ross Perry enters the American Indie Competition once again with this tale of a young Australian woman (Emily Browning) who upsets the lives of two New York families. Her arrival causes a disruption in the balance between the two, resulting in a typical Brooklyn movie. Awkwardness is entertainment, and eruptions of neurosis lie just around the corner.

Good Time


After a failed bank robbery during which his younger brother is arrested, Connie (a brilliant Robert Pattinson) tries desperately to find the money to bail him out. His plan completely derails and he becomes tangled up in a night full of chaos and violence.


Happy End


The new drama of two-time Golden Palm winner Michael Haneke (Das Weisse Band, Amour) gives a glimpse into the life of the rich, but very unhappy, Laurent family in Calais. Anne (Huppert) is in charge of the construction company of her frigid family and is suffering: an accident on the building site, a riotous son (Rogowski), a 12-year-old girl living with her egocentric father (Kassovitz) and a demented grandfather (Trintignant), who wants to die. Haneke brings us, once again, a star cast, strong images, and moving moments.



Set in a remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer in which they are confronted with feelings for girls, themselves, and the hard reality of growing up. A beautifully shot film with brilliant acting by the young cast, whose emotions bubble underneath the surface like an Icelandic volcano. Winner of several prizes including the audience award at the film festival of Copenhagen.



Georgian SSR,1983. A group of well-to-do young people are enjoying a swim in the Black Sea, but in their minds they're busy trying to escape life outside the Soviet-Union. Hijacking a plane turns out to be much more difficult than the group had predicted. A new moving story by the creative team behind the Oscar winning drama Ida.

How To Talk To Girls At Parties

Comedy, Sci-Fi

An alien making a tour along the galaxy accidentally finds herself in the most dangerous place in the universe: Croydon. That's where she meets the hopeless adolescent Enn, who just discovered the Sex Pistols... With Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning.


Ice Mother


All of her life Katerina (Vilhelmová) has been taking care of her spoiled sons. Then she meets the careless Brona, an ice swimmer who lives in an old bus with his chickens. Impressed, she decides to take a dip in the cold water herself.

Iedereen Is Leraar


In this documentary, educator of teachers and elemantary school teacher Maarten Stuifbergen investigates the power of the teacher. What is that power? And how can it be best applied to help improve kid's lives? What, in short, is the impact of a teacher?

Insyriated incl. Intro

Drama, War

A mother tries to give her family a safe haven at home, while a war is happening and snipers are lying outside of her house. This nerve-racking examination of the daily life in Damascus won an audience award at the Berlinale.



Action, Adventure

In the notorious Cambodian prison Koh Kla there are no simple missions. When an escort mission fails, Jean-Paul's (Ly) special unit has to fight their way through escaped prisoners in order to escape the prison alive. Non-stop action guaranteed.

Jawbone incl. Q&A


A grim and enthralling drama about abject boxer Jimmy McCabe (Harris). At a late age he tries to make a comeback and better his ways with help of his old trainer Eddie (Smiley) in this thrilling and successful boxing film. Actor and writer Johnny Harris will be attending the festival for a Q&A after the film.


Action, Adventure, Drama

Based on true events, Jungle tells te story of four friends going on an adventurous trip through the Bolivian jungle. When an accident happens during rafting, the adventure quickly transforms into a nightmare. Yossi (Radcliffe) is separated from his friend and needs to find a way to survive by himself in the Amazon jungle.

Jupiter's Moon


Visual masterpiece from the director of White God. Refugee Aryan discovers he can float through the air. Together with disgraced doctor Stern, he takes to the slums of Budapest to conduct "miracles".


Keep The Change


Under the guise of a New York romantic comedy, Keep the Change does something quite radical: In a refreshingly honest way it portrays two adults on the autistic spectrum. David desperately wants to be seen as “normal,” but Sarah accepts who she is. Together they navigate the vicissitudes of a burgeoning relationship.




During a writing workshop in the south of France, it turns out that Antoine (Lucci) has a profound obsession with modern fears. This develops to a point where other participants are starting to feel increasingly uncomfortable, and rightly so.

L'avant-première secrete

We have to be vague about this one, but you don't want to miss this nouvelle film about an iconic director!

Le Fidèle

Drama, Romance, Crime

Een gangster (Schoenaerts) en een racecoureur (Exarchopoulos) proberen te midden van het brute Brussels bendeleven hun prille liefde in stand te houden. Michael Roskam's derde feature, en kanshebber voor de nominatie voor de Oscar voor Beste Niet-Engelstalige Film.

Letters From Baghdad


At the end of the 19th century, British Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) traveled to Iraq and was politically and culturally active there. Her correspondence gives an unique look into her experiences in the Middle East. Filmmakers Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl created a portrayal of Bell on the basis of film footage and her letters, voiced by Oscar winner Tilda Swinton. In her introductory lecture Nicky van de Beek talks about how a selection of women succeeded in traveling to the Middle East and doing important work there.

LIFF Film Quiz

Quizmasters Max, Nils and Hans are going to be challenging you again, but only in the area of film and film-related matters. The unmistakable feeling of pen on paper, the taste of popcorn, the cold sweat of the competing teams and then of course the questions, the images, the videos. In short, all senses will be stimulated at the LIFF Filmquiz. The rules are as always; a maximum of 5 people a team, registering on the night itself ánd participation is again this year completely free. Entry starts from 7:30 pm to grab a seat and naturally there are fun prizes to win!

LIFF On Demand: Down Under

Kijkhuis on Demand LIFF Style! Each first Tuesday of the month, visitors of the Kijkhuis are allowed to decide which film is gonna go on the big screen that night. Since this time, that Tuesday takes place during our festival, we'll happily take on that tradition - just this once! The choice this time is between three Australian classics, presented in association with the Australian ambassy. Keep an eye out on social meda for ways to vote, and go down (under) with this festival!

Love and Goodbye and Hawaii

Romance, Comedy

Rinko and Isamu are broken up but still living together. However, Rinko still has feelings for Isamu and it appears he's not the only one. This romantic comedy won the Japan Cuts Awards at the Osaka Asian Film Festival. LIFF and Japan Museum Sieboldhuis are offering moviegoers an exclusive promotion: Show your movie ticket for this film at the register of Japan Museum Sieboldhuis and receive a discount of € 1,50 on the price of admission. This promotion is valid until November 26, 2017 (not valid in combination with other discounts).

Loving Vincent

Biographical, Crime

What better way to portray the legendary Vincent van Gogh than through the very first film to consist entirely of paintings? Come for the greatest hits such as starry night, the wheat field and the postman, stay for the gripping story.


Menashe incl. Q&A


The directing debut by Joshua Z Weinstein is almost anthropological, but feels instantly familiar. The movie about a lower-class father trying to raise his son was one of the biggest hits at Sundance this year. Shot exclusively in Brooklyn’s orthodox Hasidic community – with a cast of real-life Hasidim and an almost entirely Yiddish script – the film has a unique, intimate feel that, despite its confined setting, extends far beyond the small neighborhood’s borders. We are also proud to welcome back two-time LIFF-alumnus producer/co-writer Alex Lipschultz to our festival, who will be present during the screenings of 29 and 30 October for a Q&A.


Naturalis en LIFF presenteren: Sneeuwwitje

Children Animation, Family, Fantasy

We all know the scene: Snow White takes a bite from the poisoned apple and... falls down.But look! She is saved by the prince! Obviously, an apple is not poisonous. It was MADE poisonous by the Evil Queen! But how does this work in nature? Are there really any fruits and veggies that are poisonous? And how does poison work? At Naturalis, we know all about poisonous plants and animals. As a sneak peek of our exhibit 'GIF'('POISON'), Naturalis wil give special demonstration about all things poisonous before the movie. Come and ask all your questions! And maybe you'll get to taste something... Psssst, kids: dress up as Snow White, Prince, Dward of, yes, Witch and there might a bit of a present waiting for you...

Nordic Party

Hej, skat! Assemble your own BILLY closet, sing along with ABBA in your Mart Smeets sweater, go hard on Aquavit: it's your Nordic Party and you'll cry if you want to. With so many Scandinavian hits in the LIFF-program a party seems essential, so Skyr things up, come off that Klippan: you are the dancing queen.


Oh Lucy!

Comedy, Drama

Unhappy Setsuko (Terajima) gets persuaded to take English classes with a quite unconventional teacher (Harnett), who changes her literally as wel as figuratively. With a blond wig and the name Lucy, life is starting to look a whole lot brighter. LIFF and Japan Museum Sieboldhuis are offering moviegoers an exclusive promotion: Show your movie ticket for this film at the register of Japan Museum Sieboldhuis and receive a discount of € 1,50 on the price of admission. This promotion is valid until November 26, 2017 (not valid in combination with other discounts).

On Body And Soul

Drama, Romance

Two introvert colleagues find out by accident that they share the same exact dream every night. The consequence is a modest love story in the bizarre and graphically displayed environment of a slaughterhouse in Budapest. Winner of the Berlin film festival.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Action, Adventure

He portrayed the world's most famous secret agent one time and one time only: George Lazenby. In this part, Bond has to solve this big mystery which takes him to various exotic locations, he drives a cool car and meets lots of beautiful women.

Operation Mekong

Action, Crime

When two cargo ships are attacked on the Mekong-river, the Chinese government decides to once and for all make an end to this infamous smuggling route. However, the way to justice is one with many dangerous and deathly obstacles. Based on the true story of the Mekong Massacre. The Reel China programme is made possible by the Confucius Instituut.

Our Time Will Come

Drama, War

This war film by award winning director Ann Hui tells the story of the legendary 'Fang Gu', one of the key figures during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kon in the 1940s. An image of the battle for freedom and independence. The Reel China programme is made possible by the Confucius Instituut.


Perfetti Sconosciuti


During a dinner party, a group of friends decides to keep all their phones on the table and share all incoming messages...

Person To Person incl. Q&A


During a single day in New York City, PERSON TO PERSON follows a record collector hustling for a big score while his heartbroken roommate tries to erase a terrible mistake, a teenager bears witness to her best friend’s new relationship, and a rookie reporter, alongside her demanding supervisor, chases the clues of a murder case involving a life-weary clock shop owner. Through four slice-of-life stories set in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, PERSON TO PERSON explores the difficulty of forging human connections in a modern and constantly moving city.

Petit Paysan


Pierre is a 30-year-old dairy farmer. His life revolves around the family farm he took over, his cows, his veterinarian sister, and his parents. When the first cases of an epidemic disease break out in France, Pierre finds out one of his animals is infected. Losing his cows is not an option for Pierre. He has nothing else and he will do whatever it takes to save them.

Pilot Season: Monster & Comrad Detective

Two brand new TV shows for the price of one! Two very different detectives are at work in MONSTER and COMRADE DETECTIVE. LIFF alumna Anne Sewistky, who visited Leiden earlier with her film HAPPY HAPPY, is back with a TV series full of suspense and mystery. Survived the pilot? Then it's time for some comic relief with COMRAD DETETIVE, bizarre as well as hilarious. Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Leviit take on the leads in this found footage-show set in Romania in the 80s. Long lost, now found, this is propoganda like you've never seen before!

Pilot Season: Nordic Bingewatching

Two brand new TV shows for the price of one! The Scandinavians know how to make a good film - see our Nordic Watching selection for exhibit A. However, it's the TV shows that made our northern neigbhours famous around the world. Nordic Bingewatching will prepare you for many nailbiting hours on the couch, but we'll kick it all of in the movie theatre! These pilot episodes of krimi's HASSEL and ALEX are presented to you by Lumiere. Which detective is best? Which one are you gonna binch next?

Pilot Season: The Deuce & Room 104

Two brand new shows for the price of one! In association with HBO we'll bring this exclusive double bill of THE DEUCE and ROOM 104 to the big screen for one night only! In THE DEUCE, the team behind hit TV show THE WIRE tells the tale the an up-and-coming New York porn industry in the seventies. With Maggie Gyllenhaal and no fewer than two parts for indie hero James Franco, this is an absolute must-see! Not James Franca, but a hotel room plays the lead in ROOM 104, where each episode takes place in the same hotel room. Many guests tell many different stories, always pictures with humor, intimicay and and eye for detail by the Duplass brothers, who we know from their roles in LIFF winner SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED and THE ONE I LOVE.

Pilot Season: The Young Pope & Big Little Lies

Two brand new shows for the price of one! In association with HBO we'll bring this exclusive double bill of THE YOUNG POPE and LITTLE BIG LIES to the big screen for one night only! If you've seen LA GRANDE BELLEZZA and YOUTH at LIFF you know: Paolo Sorrentino needs to be on the biggest possible screen. THE YOUNG POPE premered in Cannes and shows the Pope (a brilliant Jude Law) like you've never seen him before! Then we have the pilot episode of the most talked about show of the year: LITTLE BIG LIES. Acting giants Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgaard and Laura Dern all won Emmy's for their roles and the show itself won a whopping eight. You don't want to miss this one.

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women

Biographical, Drama

The unusual story of Harvard professor William Marston, spiritual father of Wonder Woman, in which the polyamorous relationship with his wife and former student is the point of focus. A look into the 1940s in which feminist ideals and a comic book cause controversy.

Publieksopening: Battle of the Sexes

You'll experience more than ever before at the 12th edition of the Leiden International Film Festival. As always, our program is brimming with films that deliver that extra oomph. You can expect screenings in unexpected places, classics in a modern context, movies with live scores, and debut films directed by future Oscar winners. You'll find it all at the LIFF - and more, much more! Approximately 100 movies will compete for your attention. Be sure to visit our Audience Opening if you want to see our visitors' favorite. In recent years we kicked off with Le Tout Nouveau Testament (2015) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016). Both movies garnered consistently high scores from our visitors throughout the festival. In 2017, our opening movie is Battle of the Sexes! In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.


Rollende Beats en LIFF presenteren 'FEAR & LOATHING'

Rollende Beats and LIFF present: 'FEAR & LOATHING'. We will close the opening night of LIFF in style with the second edition of this bizarre dance party. Once again Gonzo & Duke, the 2 eccentric main characters from the movie, will be flown in from the USA for this absurd event. Their booking agent has let us know that they’re really excited and that they’ll bring a huge suitcase full of exotic shirts and strange hats to relive the experience. The infamous duo will bring their friends to make sure the party will be a blast. Elements from the movie will be mimicked by the organization. And you’ll be an extra this night. It’s up to you to grow and be a main character! If you have an outfit that suits the part, wear it and you’ll be granted the Early Bat price at the door. If you don’t, no worries, our door bitch might be able to give you just the look to fit in. For those of you who attended last year: part 2 will be more intense, with more goofy outfits, a higher dose of absurdity and a line-up full of surprises! Entrance fee (inc. 1 drink): 7,50€ Early Bats 10€ Regular Bats 12,50€ Door Bats (payment guarantees your spot on the guest list)

Roman Holiday

Comedy, Romance

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck fall for in love in romantic Rome...


Sami Blood


Sami Blood tells the gripping story of a fourteen-year-old Sami girl in the 1930’s in Sweden. Having to face racism and undergoing terrible medical procedures at school, she starts to dream of a different life, even if it would mean leaving behind her family and culture. Sami Blood screens at LIFF as part of the Lux Film Prize. Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. Therefore the Parliament offers the screening free of admission fee to our audience. The films selected for the LUX FILM PRIZE competition help to air different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contribute to building a stronger European identity. They help celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration. The LUX FILM PRIZE has become a quality label backing European film productions. Its winning films have become hits within the EU and beyond. It has helped publicise films that might have otherwise been seen and discovered by few people and has put the spotlight on urgent topical issues.

Slotfilm: Last Flag Flying


In the tragicomedy Last Flag Flying by Richard Linklater (Boyhood) three Vietnam veterans (Steve Carrell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fihburn) are going on a last mission in 2003: burying one of their sons, who died in the Iraq war. Linklater possesses the ability to blend humor, emotion and social criticism like no other.

Sneak Preview

The movie about the worst movie ever made. Won prize for best movie at the San Sebastian film festival. Followed by the worst movie ever made. Just trust us: you do not want to miss this exclusive premiere.



When in a small village multiple poachers and hunters are found dead one after another, Janina Duzejko is convinced they're killed by vengeful animals. It seems improbably, but could there be any truth to it?

Strawberry Days incl. Q&A

Romance, Drama

During summer in Sweden, a forbidden love emerges between a young Polish migrant worker and his boss' daughter. A subtle and sensual portrait by director Wiktor Ericsson, who will be attending the festival and will be holding a Q&A after the screenings of 28 and 29 October.


Comedy, Mystery

When at the proper Lodge family a robbery takes place, the model family turns out to be hiding a big secret and the life in the ideal American fifties suburb completely escalates. Written by the Coen brothers, directed by George Clooney, with Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.


Tehran Taboo


As in every big city, in Tehran everyone does all that is forbidden, such as sex, drugs, adultery, corruption and prostitution. In this animated film the lives of four young people cross paths who as a daily ritual are trying to bypass taboos, privately as well as publicly.

Thank You For Your Service

Drama, War

How does one come home from war? 'Thank You For Your Service' follows a group of returned soldiers from Iraq, the difficulties of reintegration in civilization and family life and the influence of post-traumatic stress disorder on themselves and their surroundings.

The Destruction Of Memory


A documentary by filmmaker Tim Slade about the destruction of cultural heritage and its consequences for mankind. The film not only focusses on the recent destructions in Syria and Iraq by ISIS, but provides other contemporary examples as well.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Mystery, Drama, Horror

A new movie by Yorgos Lanthimos is always a guarantee for a bizarre cinematographic experience. He returns with The Killing of a Sacred Dear, two years after LIFF-hit The Lobster. Heart surgeon (Farrell) with a perfect family (featuring Kidman as his wife) decides to take care of a teenager. His choices present him with an impossible dilemma in this gruesome, revolting, and deliciously painful movie. Winner of best script in Cannes and nominated for a Palme d'Or.

The Little Hours

Comedy, Romance

After Joshy, Jeff Baena is back at LIFF with an absurd and amusing film about unruly nuns. A perfect indie-cast including Alison Brie, John C. Reilly, Dave Franco and Aubrey Plaza

The Lovers


After spending years in an increasingly unhappy relationship, Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Wetts) decide to end their marriage. But as soon as they start to carry out their divorce, they discover an unexpected affection for one another, which leads to an unexpected romance.

The Mountain Between Us

Action, Adventure, Drama

Ben (Elba) and Alex (Winslet) have only known each other for a few hours, yet are stuck with each other. After a plane accident leaves them stranded in the snowy mountains, they have to find a way to survive in this beautiful compelling drama.

The Party

Comedy, Drama

Janet (Thomas) invites friends over to celebrate her promotion, but slowly the dinner derails. Her husband Bill (Spall) is totally apathetic, and the guests each seem to have their own secret in this lovely, typical British dark comedy.

The Room

Drama, Comedy

This 'worst movie ever made' has turned into a cult classic. With a minimal budget and even less capacity Tommy Wisseau put together a bizarre trainwreck of a movie that you someone don't want to look away from. Definitely a must-see, especially if you've just seen the making-of...

The Shining


Here's Johnny, again! The Shining is a horror masterpiece that doesn't need introducing. And now the classic is returning in Dutch cinemas, including a brand new exclusive introduction which you can see for the first time in Leiden. A must for Stanley Kubrick fans.

The Snowman

Crime, Drama, Horror

Detective Harry Mole (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf was found near an ominous snowman. Once he fears that a serial killer is active again, he must connect old cases to new ones before the next snowfall.

The Square

Drama, Comedy

Christian is a respected curator at a modern art museum. His newest exhibition is supposed to attract people to altruism, but instead it leads him and the museum into an existential crisis. This satirical drama won the Golden Palm in Cannes.

The Stanford Prison Experiment incl. Intro


Based on the actual events that took place in 1971, when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time.

The Swan


A touching coming-of-age story about a young girl set against the backdrop of the beautiful Icelandic landscape. The Swan illustrates farm life in Iceland and the complexities of becoming an adult through the eyes of nine-year-old Sól.

The Young Offenders


“There are only two things you need for an adventure,” Irish teenager Jock explains to his best friend Conor: “a treasure map, and someone dumb enough to go with you.” That’s really all you need to know about this hilarious-yet-touching biking adventure, full of tracksuits and golden chains, shot against the backdrop of the stunning Irish landscape and backed up by a soundtrack of punk and – yes – jumpstyle. A LIFF exclusive!



The story of a girl with frightening powers. A romantic supernatural thriller by Joachim Trier.


Un Beau Soleil Intérieur

Drama, Comedy

It doesn't get much Frencher than this: In the newest film by Claire Denis the neurotic artist Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is looking for love in the French capital.

Under The Tree

Comedy, Drama

A quarrel between neighbors about a tree that causes shade on a sun deck, quickly escalates into violent and tragic confrontations. Each character proves to be a complicated individual in this fusion of family drama and black comedy.


Vele Hemels Boven De Zevende incl. Q&A


After the large success of the debut novel by Griet Op de Beeck, a movie adaptation was bound to happen. Five characters are more in battle with themselves than with each other, in a reality which is ridiculously beautiful and unbelievably difficult, all at the same time.

Village Rockstars


A young girl in the Northeast of India dreams of starting her own rockband. With a perceptive eye, Village Rockstars follows the difficulties of a young girl in the midst of poverty and chauvinism trying to accomplish her dreams.

Voor Niemand Wat Wils

After a year of absence, crapmeisters Nils and Hans return to LIFF stronger than ever: a shining beacon of fluorescent light among the quality films showed during the rest of the festival.


What Happened To Monday


In order to prevent overpopulation, only one child per family is allowed. Seven sisters pose as one single person to avoid getting caught by the 'Child Allocation Bureau', but then one of them disappears...

Who We Are Now


The lives of two different women are slowly becoming entangled in this beautiful drama by Matthew Netwon (From Nowhere). A phenomenal portrayal by Julianna Nicholson of an ex-con who is trying to get on the right path and the ambitious lawyer (Roberts) who helps her fight for custody of her son.

Wilde Maus


Georg (Hader) snaps when he loses his job as an opera critic due to cutbacks. His behavior becomes increasingly unusual as he attempts to hide his unemployment from his wife, leading to the comical derailment of his life.


Drama, Mystery

Todd Haynes (Carol) has crafted an extraordinary fairy tale. Two children drift across a magical New York. Although they live in different decades, they have more in common than they know. Wonderstruck is visually and emotionally enchanting. The stars look very different today.


You Were Never Really Here

Thriller, Drama

Joe (Phoenix), a tormented war veteran, tries to save a girl from a brothel in Manhattan. He ends up in a storm of power, corruption, violence and revenge. Intense, compelling and bloodcurdling, as we are used to from Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Keving).

Your Name

Romance, Anime

Mitsuha is a girl living in a tiny village in the mountains, but she dreams of a different life in Tokyo. Taki is a student living in Tokyo, but every night he dreams he turns into a girl living in a tiny village in the mountains. Magical anime from up-and-coming director Makoto Shinkai. LIFF and Japan Museum Sieboldhuis are offering moviegoers an exclusive promotion: Show your movie ticket for this film at the register of Japan Museum Sieboldhuis and receive a discount of € 1,50 on the price of admission. This promotion is valid until November 26, 2017 (not valid in combination with other discounts).