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Preview Pick of the Flicks: The Ones to Watch At Leeds International Film Festival

With over 250 films to choose from, we make it slightly easier for you

Bunny and the Bull

Showcasing the latest achievements from some of the best filmmakers around the world, there will be a selection of special archive screenings to mark the 20 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, highlighting some of the best German films from the last two decades. In addition to screenings there will be a range of special events and guest appearances, including ‘Mighty Boosh’ actor Julian Barratt. The Official Selection opens the festival with George Clooney and company in The Men Who Stare at Goats and Bright Star, based on the life of poet John Keats.

Bunny and the Bull
‘Mighty Boosh’ director Paul King’s feature film debut, featuring appearances from Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade. Preceded by the documentary, The Mighty Boosh on Tour: Journey of the Childmen.
8 November, 3pm, Town Hall

A Serious Man
New black comedy from the Coen Brothers set in 1960s Minnesota about a professor who’s wife leaves him for a work colleague.
8 November, 8pm, Town Hall
10 November, 8.30pm; 12 November, 8pm, Hyde Park Picture House

Small Crime
Filmed on the Greek island of Therasia, this romantic comedy with follows a lone policeman who discovers an unexpected motivation for solving a sudden death.
16 November, 6.30pm; 17 November, 2.30pm; 19 November, 4.30pm, Vue Cinema

The best in international documentaries and live events featuring two predominant themes: music and human rights. Watch music films involving classical, indie, folk, rock, and trips to Africa with a banjo, and hop along to Nation of Shopkeepers for nights combining stunning visuals and live bands. Also, be sure to watch important environmental films encouraging viewers to get involved in open discussions and social change.

Diary For My Children
The first in the renowned trilogy of autobiographical films by Hungarian director Márta Mészáros set after the Second World War. Jan Nowicki plays a dual role as the factory-worker friend of a revolutionary journalist and the political prisoner father of a teenage heroine.
7 November, 2.30pm, Howard Assembly Room

LAST Leeds: Human Trafficking Film Event
The Leeds Anti-Sex Trafficking Network (LAST) highlight the issue of trafficking women across the world through a series of short films and encourage groups and individuals to take action against trafficking in their local community.
11 November, 8.30pm, The Carriageworks

Some Voices & Time to Change debate
Starring a pre-Bond Daniel Craig who is discharged from psychiatric hospital, falls in love and begins to question whether his tablets are really necessary, followed by a panel discussion on mental health issues in Britain.
10 November, 6pm (film) & 8pm (debate), The Carriageworks

Cherry Kino is dedicated to presenting “wondermental” films - art films with a radical, challenging and dreamlike quality. Short Film City includes a selection of some of the best short films produced at the moment. Let’s not forget that Leeds was the location of the first ever moving images, produced in 1888 by Louis le Prince. The LIFF will be celebrating the work of the French pioneer with a Louis le Prince International Competition, presenting six programmes of outstanding visions from new and emerging stars.

Remaining one of the most popular parts of the LIFF and attracting thousands of filmgoers every year, this year’s selection of horror movies, foreign fantasies and cult films is bigger than ever. In 2009, Fanomenon enters a new era with bigger events (including the now legendary zombie film all-nighter and the Thought Bubble comic book convention) and an extended programme of worldwide marvels, featuring the world premier of French Canadian chiller 5150 Elms Way.

Day of the Dead III
Moving to a new venue in the prestigious setting of Leeds Town Hall for its third year, the line-up includes five outrageous films from around the globe in a 12 hour gore fest that horror fans will love.
7 November, 12pm-12am, The Town Hall

Night of the Dead IX
Leeds’ unique zombie film all-nighter. If you’re into the shuffling undead, make sure you get yourself a seat at this year’s ninth annual celebration featuring such wonders as The Revenant, Invitation Only and Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl.
13 November, 12am-8am, Hyde Park Picture House

Renowned animator and storyteller Hayao Miyazaki (the mastermind behind Spirited Away) transforms the classic The Little Mermaid into Ponyo, his new enchanting cinema experience that is sure to impress.
22 November, 11am & 4pm, Hyde Park Picture House


Hyde Park Picture House
Operating since 1914 this is the cosiest venue in Leeds, and has established itself as an internationally acclaimed venue for critically acclaimed cinema. Brudenell Road, LS6 1JD, 0113 275 2045

The Carriageworks
Famous for showcasing the best regional and national performances, The Carriageworks presents the best in theatre, dance, comedy and film. Millennium Square, LS2 3AD, 0113 224 3801

The Town Hall
A Grade I listed building built in 1858 and home to Leeds Film, the Town Hall will be used for the opening night ceremony on 4 November showing The Men Who Stare at Goats and Jane Campion’s Bright Star. The Headrow, LS1 3AD, 0113 234 8080

Vue Cinema

This 13 screen multiplex cinema is situated in The Light shopping complex on The Headrow and boasts an impressive total of 2,890 seats. 22 The Light, The Headrow, LS1 8TL, 08712 240 240

Other Locations

The Wardrobe
6 St Peter’s Square, LS9 8AH, 0113 383 8800
The HiFi Club
2 Central Roads, Leeds, LS1 6DE. 0113 242 7353
Howard Assembly Room
46 Briggate, LS1 6NU, 0113 243 9999
University of Leeds
Parkinson Building, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9JT, 0113 243 1751
Savile’s Hall
Armouries Drive, LS10 1LT, 0113 220 1906
Nation of Shopkeepers
27-37 Cookridge Street, LS2 3AG. 0113 203 1831
Seven Arts
Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, LS7 3PD, 0113 262 6777

Posted on Friday 23rd October 2009

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