Saturday 28 October from 19:00 to 20:48

Paradise is Burning Sold out


Summer vacation is approaching. With no parents in sight, it’s the perfect setting for three sisters, Laura (16), Mira (12), and Steffi (7), to enjoy their youth freely. However, their carefree days are short-lived. When a social worker calls for an appointment, Laura begins a desperate search for someone to pose as their mother. Themes such as sisterhood, freedom, reconciliation, and the challenges of growing up are accompanied by perfect musical support and incredibly talented actors. With these elements, director Gustafson claimed the Best Director Award at Venice Orizzonti.


108 min.

Spoken language







Mika Gustafson


Trianon 2

Films is also screened on:

Paradise is Burning Almost sold out
Sunday 29 October
14:15 - 16:03
Trianon 3
€12,00 (Standard ticket)
Paradise is Burning Almost sold out
Monday 30 October
16:00 - 17:48
Kijkhuis 2
€12,00 (Standard ticket)
Paradise is Burning
Thursday 2 November
13:45 - 15:33
Kijkhuis 2
€12,00 (Standard ticket)
Paradise is Burning Almost sold out
Saturday 4 November
19:15 - 21:03
Trianon 2
€12,00 (Standard ticket)

First Feature Competition

In the First Feature Competition, we present international filmmakers and their first feature-length films. These first features come from all over the globe and offer us a glimpse into a wide variety of cultures and film styles, all of which with the fresh vision of a new filmmaker. Discover rising talents and your future favorite directors today – at the Leiden International Film Festival.

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