Limited Editions

Limited Editions 2023

LIFF Limited Editions are special screenings of a selection of films from our program. Unique experiences, created by a guest artist for that particular screening. So secretive that even we don’t know what is going to happen exactly. But we do know this: it will only happen once. So don’t miss it!


Friday, October 27, 19.00, Trianon 3.

Sometimes you just know. That’s the case for Riley and Ethan. Both just got out of precarious situations. Ethan has just been released from prison, and Riley was recently discharged from rehab where she was treated for an eating disorder, a suicide attempt, and love addiction. The moment they meet, they are certain: they are soulmates. The world is only complete when they are together. Is this a romantic love story or a new addiction? Brittany Snow starts off strong with this directorial debut. It is no surprise that this film received three awards at the SXSW Film Festival.

This Limited Edition is presented by Joosje Bosch from the art collective ROEM Leiden.


The Sweet East

Saturday, October 28, 18.45, Kijkhuis 1.

Get ready for a unique road trip through the American East Coast. High school senior Lillian gets separated from the group during a class trip to Washington D.C. She embarks on her own exploration. To quote the Wizard of Oz: “It’s not about where you go, it’s who you meet along the way.” This certainly applies to this film, in which you’ll be treated to some delightful supporting roles. Starring Talia Ryder (Never Rarely Sometimes Always), Ayo Edebiri (The Bear), Jacob Elordi (Euphoria), and Simon Rex (Red Rocket).

This Limited Edition is presented by Sam Wilson Fletcher & Julia July from the art collective ROEM Leiden.


I Used to Be Funny  

Tuesday, October 31, 18.45, Trianon 3.

Sam (Rachel Sennott, Shiva Baby, Bodies, Bodies, Bodies) is an aspiring stand-up comedian and au pair struggling with PTSD. She debates whether or not to join the search for Brooke, a missing teen she used to nanny. The story navigates between the present, where Sam tries to recover from her trauma and get back on stage, and the past, where memories make it increasingly difficult to ignore Brooke’s abrupt vanishing. The debut of writer and director Ally Pankiw is funny, heartbreaking, and provides an honest and refreshing perspective on trauma and recovery, and how they impact our relationships and communities.

This Limited Edition is introduced by comedian Aron Elstak.


Starring Jerry As Himself

Wednesday, November 1, 19.00, Trianon 3.

Is it real? Is it fiction? It simply is the story of Jerry and his family. Jerry (played by Jerry) is a Taiwanese immigrant, now retired and living in Florida, who one day receives a secret mission from the Chinese police. The further Jerry gets entangled in his mission, the clearer it becomes that there is something else at play here. In addition to Jerry’s experiences, director Law Chen manages to highlight themes like immigration and parent-child relationships beautifully. After this film you’ll want to call your parents, so be sure to bring them along if possible!

This Limited Edition is presented by artist Johanna Breuch.


Dreamin’ Wild

Wednesday, November 1, 20.00, Nobel.

What happens when your childhood dream suddenly comes true, but thirty years later than expected? This music drama directed by Bill Pohlad (Into the Wild) follows brothers Donnie and Joe Emerson, who recorded the album Dreamin’ Wild in their teenage years. Decades later, the album is discovered by the public, and not only the brothers but their entire family must deal with everything that comes with this sudden fame.

Peel Slowly and See opens the screening at pop venue Nobel with an intro on forgotten and re-discovered singer-songwriters. Please note that the introduction is in Dutch. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Chronicles of a Wandering Saint

Friday, November 3, 19.00, Trianon 3.

What does it take to be declared a Saint? Rita is a chapelkeeper in a small town in Argentina. She is in constant competition with the other women in her village over who is the most virtuous, or rather, the most saintly. Rita can scrub and clean the chapel all she wants, but her efforts are in vain. That is, until she accidentally stumbles upon the opportunity of a lifetime in a dusty backroom of the chapel. She seizes her chance at sainthood, only to discover that it is not as glamorous as she expected.

This Limited Edition is presented by Charlotte de Beus & Amber Meekel from the art collective ROEM Leiden.



Saturday, November 4, 16.15, Trianon 3. 

This impressive black-and-white movie tells the story of twenty-something Donya. Donya lives in Fremont, California, where she works at the local fortune cookie factory. While her past as an Afghan translator for the US military leads to sleepless nights, Donya tries to put the pieces of her life together. Her daily routine suddenly changes when Donya is promoted to writer of the spells in the fortune cookies, and she decides to send a special message into the world. As a fortune cookie would put it: ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ Director Babak Jalali will be present during the festival.

This Limited Edition is presented by Mikkel Olthof & Jeroen van Wijk from the art collective ROEM Leiden.


Le Règne Animal

Sunday, November 5 , 16.00, Kijkhuis 1.

The world is tormented by a mysterious wave of mutations. No extra arms, legs, or alienlike features, but a gradual transformation from human to animal. Now that François’ wife is one of the people afflicted by this phenomenon, he and his son Émile embark on a life-altering quest for answers and solutions. With this film, director Thomas Cailley follows up his award-winning debut Les Combattants. After receiving critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, the film will represent France in the Best International Film category at the 2024 Oscars.

This Limited Edition is introduced by the band Donna Blue.