23rd Leeds International Film Festival

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Welcome

to the 23rd Leeds International Film Festival

Beyond the dazzle of blockbusters the incredible, real world of cinema is waiting to be discovered. Film festivals are a global phenomenon that transport audiences to every corner of this world and reveal its visual wonders. In a programme full of premieres exclusive to the city, Leeds International Film Festival lights up November with more than 250 screenings and events. Let the Film Festival Guide help you plan your journey through this brilliant variety of choice.

How to use the Guide The Film Festival Guide has been designed to help you get the very best from this year’s programme. Split into 2 sections, the first part covers all the films in an A to Z format and by programme section. The second part is a handy day by day diary which can be used as a quick reference guide to see when and where films are being screened.

Programme by Section This section includes detailed descriptions of all the films and events with a synopsis, film image and credits. Each film appears alphabetically within the relevant programme section, a guide to the sections is listed below.

Official Selection

New cinema discoveries, exclusive previews, archive specials and The Golden Owl competition

Cherry Kino

Experimental films with the theme ‘Revolting Bodies’

Cinema Versa

A great alternative programme to the Official Selection with music, documentaries and collaborations

Fanomenon

Fantasy film celebration – the best new horror, action, sci fi, animation and Far Eastern cinema

Short Film City

Dedicated short film section including UK and International competitions

Thought Bubble

The UK 's largest comic celebration with special guests, workshops & masterclasses

Day By Day Our easy-to-follow day by day schedule has a brief description of the film, the time, date, venue and programme section which allows you to quickly plan your film-going experience. You can also refer back to the programme section pages for information about a particular screening or event if you need to.

Contents Tickets / Passes

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Details of prices, where and how to buy tickets

Festival Information

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A-Z list of all Official Selection films including the Golden Owl competition

Cinema Versa A to Z list of music events, outstanding documentaries, and unique collaborations

Short Film City

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A-Z list of all short film programmes

Location and accessibility for all venues

Official Selection

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A-Z list of experimental films

Information about participating venues and how to get involved

Map / Access

Cherry Kino

Fanomenon

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A-Z list of genre films from around the world including the Silver Melies competition

Thought Bubble

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The UK 's largest comic celebration with special guests, workshops & masterclasses

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Day By Day Guide

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Full schedule of all 19 days by day, time and venue

Index

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Tickets £6.50 / £5.00* £5.00 / £4.00* FREE

HYDE, CARR1, VUE1, VUE2, TOWN HALL, HOWARD CARR2, HIFI, 7 NATION, CARR3

See Page 9 for key to venues *except where indicated otherwise Concessionary rate applies to: Registered unemployed, registered disabled, Leeds Card, ISIC, NUS, over 55s. Proof / ID required

£3.00**

YOUNG PEOPLE’S TICKET

**Ticket available for under 17s. ID required. Only available for selected films, for a full list of films suitable for young people, please visit our website www.leedsfilm.com. Tickets not available online.

Special Offer Get 6 tickets for the price of 5!* Book your tickets before the start of the Film Festival to receive this exclusive offer! *Valid for all films/events in the Film Festival. Buy in person or on the phone at Box Office. Cheapest ticket is free.

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Box Office 0113 224 3801 Carriageworks, Millennium Square Opening Times 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday Open Sun 9th 12pm - 8pm Box Office will be closed Sun 15th November (screening tickets that day will be available from the relevant venues) How to buy tickets In person or by phone

Buy Online www.leedsfilm.com How to buy tickets Follow the instructions on the website to buy the tickets. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed out. Collect tickets from Box Office up to the day of the event or from the venue one hour before the event. 4


Passes Early Bird Single Pass

£70

The official Film Festival pass provides incredible value for money, giving access to every screening, exclusive invitations to special events, advance programme announcements and a free copy of this year’s event catalogue. Some special events are excluded from the pass.

Early Bird Double Pass

£120

Team up with a friend or partner, purchase a pass at the same time and get £20 off!

Short Film City Pass

Of fe until r valid 2 8pm 1st Oct . Pas then s incre es a t o £9 0/£1 se 60

£25

Enjoy the best new and unseen short films from around the world with access to every Short Film City programme.

Special Events Fanomenon Day of the Dead III

£25 / £20

Sat 7th Nov, 12pm, Leeds Town Hall A morning to midnight marathon of genre cinema with special guests, events and prizes. For more information see page 77. Individual screening tickets £6.50/ £5.00 each.

Fanomenon Night of the Dead IX

£20 / £16

Fri 13th Nov, Midnight, Hyde Park Picture House Legendary Night of the Dead returns on Friday 13th of November for the 9th terrifying all-nighter. For more information see page 79. No individual tickets available.

Thought Bubble Comic Book Convention Sat 21st Nov, 10am - 5pm, Savile’s Hall Comic book artists and writers from around the world and over 150 exhibitors selling related memorabilia. For more information visit www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

£8 U12s FREE

Programme Information All screenings and events start at the advertised time. Only selected films suitable for young people. For further guidance on certification please visit www.leedsfilm.com or ring the festival office on 0113 2478398. All programme details correct at time of going to press. For updates visit www.leedsfilm.com

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Festival Information Film Festival Hub

The Visitor Centre

Nation of Shopkeepers

The Light Courtyard

The city’s brilliant new 850 capacity, extra friendly bar and music venue will be the centre of the Film Festival in 2009. Situated in close proximity to our major screening venues in Leeds City Centre, Nation of Shopkeepers is the perfect venue to unwind, meet friends and discuss the films you've seen that day. We'll also be presenting regular live music and special events at the venue throughout the Film Festival. For more details visit www.leedsfilm.com or www.anationofshopkeepers.com

A central information point for the Film Festival, where you can pick up Film Guides, flyers and up to date newsletters; watch film clips, trailers and festival highlights and chat to the friendly Film Festival staff for advice and recommendations. 26th Oct – 22nd Nov

11am – 3pm

Location and contact details of ALL venues can be found on page 8

Hospitality Where to Eat & Drink Leeds International Film Festival has once again teamed up with some of the best restaurants in the city to give you some very special audience discounts on a great variety of cuisine. Make sure you don't miss out on these great deals. For more information check the promotional pages in this guide or visit www.leedsfilm.com.

Official Hotel Partner City Inn City Inn Leeds is the official hotel partner of the 23rd Leeds International Film Festival. This stunning hotel is part of the revitalised Granary Wharf area next to Leeds City Station and the canal. Each room comes with an iMac computer, Sky TV, free wi-fi and the hotel's 13th floor Skylounge offers fantastic views across the city. City Inn is offering audiences a special discount rate of £75 per night including breakfast, rooms can be booked online at www.cityinn.com/leeds (enter PROLFF in the promo box) or by calling the hotel on 0113 2411000 quoting PROLFF. Location and contact details can be found on page 8 6


LIFF Interactive How to get involved Mailing List For exclusive news, film announcements and competitions join the LIFF mailing list at www.leedsfilm.com

Social Networking Become a Facebook fan www.facebook.com/LIFF1

View our videos on You Tube www.youtube.com/user/ LeedsFilmFestival

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Websites www.leedsfilm.com For everything you need to know about the Film Festival, including the films, events, times, dates, programme sections and venues. Buy your tickets and passes here!

www.shortfilmcity.com Dedicated to the short film section of the programme, find out information about all the collected shorts programmes and the individual films. Buy your Short Film City tickets here.

www.fanomenonleeds.com Brand new for 2009, Fanomenon has its own dedicated site providing you with everything you need to know about the horror, sci fi, fantasy, Far Eastern and animé films in the festival. Tickets for all Fanomenon films and events can be purchased here.

www.leedsyoungfilm.com Fanatical about films and events for young people aged 0-19, our sister organisation, the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival, runs from Monday 29 March to Friday 9 April 2010. Find out more here!

www.mediafish.org Mediafish is an award winning group of young people who organise film screenings for other young people, support the planning of the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival and take part in film making activities. 7


To the Hyde Park Picture House

To University of Leeds

Copyright Š 2009 Leeds City Council, using map design and source data supplied under licence. All rights reserved. Designed by Applied Information Group. V1 June 2009

Map To 7 Arts Centre, Chapel Allerton

How to Travel Bus 0113 2457676 www.wymetro.com Main way to get around the city. Dayrider ticket for all day travel ÂŁ4.00 Taxi 0113 2792222 www.streamline-telecabs.co.uk Private Hire Leeds taxi firm for city centre

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Train 0845 0000125 www.northernrail.org Local train travel into Leeds 0870 0101296 www.thetrainline.com National train travel into Leeds


Locations & Access Venues

1 Hyde Park Picture House (HYDE) Brudenell Road, Leeds, LS6 1JD 0113 275 2045 Access: Street level access to stalls via fire exit. No wheelchair accessible toilets. Guide Dogs welcome. Bus: 56 from city centre

2 The Carriageworks (CARR1, 2 & 3) Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 224 3801 Access: Access from Millennium Square or off Great George St. Main auditoriums, screening rooms and bar are wheelchair accessible via lift with wheelchair accessible toilets. Hearing loop. Guide Dogs welcome. 3 The Town Hall (TOWN HALL) The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD 0113 234 8080 Access: Level access on ground floor via The Headrow entrance, with lift to all floors. Wheelchair accessible toilets.

4 Vue Cinema The Light (VUE1 & 2) 22 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL 08712 240 240 Access: Fully wheelchair accessible via Albion St, disabled parking, infra red hearing system. 5 The Wardrobe (WARDROBE) 6 St. Peters Square, Leeds LS9 8AH 0113 383 8800 Access: Fully wheelchair accessible.

6 The HiFi Club (HIFI) 2 Central Road, Leeds LS1 6DE 0113 242 7353 Access: No wheelchair access

7 Howard Assembly Room (HOWARD) 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU 0113 243 9999 Access: Disabled access to entrance, lift access and disabled toilets

8 University of Leeds (UNI) Parkinson Building, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT 0113 243 1751 Access: LUUnion and Music Department have full disabled access 9 Savile’s Hall (SAVILE) Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT 0113 220 1906 Access: Fully wheelchair accessible.

10 Nation of Shopkeepers (NATION) 27-37 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AG 0113 203 1831 Access: Full disabled access via lift. Access to bar from Courtyard area via street.

11 Seven (7) Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD Tel: 0113 262 6777 Access: Street level access to bar and main auditorium. Wheelchair accessible toilets.

Codes used throughout the guide to identify the venues are shown in brackets after the venue name

Hotels, Bars & Restaurants

A City Inn Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds LS1 4BR Tel: 0113 241 1000 Access: Full disabled access B Tampopo 15 South Parade Leeds LS1 5QS 0113 245 1816 Access: Full disabled access via ramp

C Casa Mia Millennium 6 Millennium Square, Great George Street, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 245 4127 Access: Full disabled access D Brewery Tap 18 New Station Road, Leeds, LS1 5DL 0113 243 4414 Access: Full disabled access

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Partners Presented by

Leading Partners

Funding Partners

Media Partners

Hospitality Partners

Supporting Partners

Brochure designed by Martin Grund at Main Film Festival image by Phil Faulks at Wild 7 Photography Fanomenon Image by Lisa Wood

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Official Selection


Official Selection Introduction Official Selection is the backbone of the Film Festival highlighting new work from the most talented filmmakers from around the world, previews of new features by some of the greatest directors working today alongside exclusives from exciting new talents. There will also be a series of archive screenings to mark the 20 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall featuring some of the best German films from the last two decades. Alongside the film screenings, there’s an exciting line up of special events from the Open Cinema Unconference, exploring access to the diverse range of world cinema, celebrations of film music and Edgar Reitz’s classic TV series Heimat, special guests and Q&As. The festival opens with two keenly anticipated new films, The Men Who Stare at Goats, the Opening Gala film is a brilliant satire on modern warfare based on the book by Jon Ronson and the Official Selection opener is Bright Star, the latest from top director Jane Campion (The Piano) based on the life of romantic poet John Keats. Previews of other big names include the

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fantastic new Coen Brothers’ comedy A Serious Man and the latest from two of cinema’s greatest provocateurs, Catherine Breillat’s subversive reinvention of the Bluebeard folk tale and Harmony Korine’s anarchic and extraordinary Trash Humpers. The Golden Owl Competition provides a fascinating overview of some of the most exciting new cinematic talents from around the world. La Pivellina is a moving tale of courage and discrimination set amongst a circus community outside Rome. The King of Escape is a wonderful oddball French comedy about a gay man who tries to go straight. Seven Minutes in Heaven is a dynamic, emotional drama set in Jerusalem. In all, 16 diverse and innovative new features compete for the prestigious Golden Owl award. Catch them all and you will experience an overview of the possibilities of contemporary cinema.


Programme Official Selection Opening Galas Bright Star Men Who Stare at Goats, The

Open Wings Ander Bluebeard Bunny and the Bull Can Go Through Skin Cold Souls Cracks Crying with Laughter Departures Dogtooth Happiest Girl in the World, The Harry Brown If You Are the One Love and Rage Mighty Boosh: Journey of the Childmen Samson and Delilah Serious Man, A Slovenian Girl Small Crime Trash Humpers White Night Wedding Wolfy

20 Years of German Reunification Comrade Couture Grill Point Heimat: Series 1 Episode 1: The Call of Far Away Places Heimat: Series 2 Episode 1: The Time of the First Songs Heimat Afternoon Latest from the Da-Da-eR Schultze Gets the Blues Sun Alley Tunnel, The

Golden Owl Competition 199 Tips to be Happy El Ă rbol Francesca Guidance King of Escape, The La Pivellina La Tigra, Chaco Low Lights Misfortunates, The North Pomegranates and Myrrh Puccini and the Girl Seven Minutes in Heaven Stay the Same, Never Change Thousand Oceans, A West of Pluto

Special Events Film Music Conference Open Cinema Unconference

Images (page 13) A Serious Man (opposite) Small Crime (this page from top) Bright Star, West of Pluto, Dogtooth, Sun Alley, The Men Who Stare at Goats

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Official Selection

23rd Leeds International Film Festival www.leedsfilm.com

199 Tips to be Happy (199 Recetas para ser Feliz) UK Premiere Dir. Andres Waissbluth, Chile / Spain, 2008, 95 mins, Spanish, ST, 35mm Thu 12, 17:00, VUE2 ¦ Sat 14, 18:30, VUE2 ¦ Wed 18, 16:00, VUE2 Barcelona is sizzling with heat. Tomás and Helena are a Chilean couple living together in a hot apartment, when suddenly Sandra arrives - like a fresh wind caressing skin, they both want to breathe her in, over and over. She is the exgirlfriend of Helena’s brother, who disappeared some years before after diving into a lagoon, and her presence has a potent effect. Gum ball colours, desire and erotic scenes make this a film you can feel with your body, as the three of them create something beautiful together.

Ander Dir. Roberto Castón, Spain, 2009, 129 mins, Basque / Spanish, ST, 35mm Fri 13, 20:00, VUE2 ¦ Sun 15, 16:00, VUE2 ¦ Mon 16, 16:00, VUE2 Surprising, sensitive, strong, and a really great experience to have. Set in Catalunya amidst the mountains, Anders lives in his familial homestead and is supposedly the head of the family (though his austere mother really runs the show). When a Peruvian farmhand is taken on to help while Anders recovers from an injury, things take surprising and moving turns and a very different form of healing takes place. Wonderfully understated acting makes this a must-see for all admirers of subtlety. Prepare to be impressed!

Bluebeard (Barbe Bleue) Dir. Catherine Breillat, France, 2009, 80 mins, French, ST, Digibeta Thu 12, 14:00, VUE1 ¦ Thu 12, 18:00 VUE1 In the deliciously subversive Bluebeard, controversial French director Catherine Breillat reinvents the lurid Charles Perrault fairy tale, perhaps the first ever serial killer yarn. Once upon a time in the 1950s two young sisters go to play in the attic. Impish Catherine insists on reading Bluebeard to her frightened sister, and as she does, the story unfolds onscreen. In an unspecific time around the 18th century, poor young MarieCatherine is offered as a bride to local squire Bluebeard, although his previous wives have disappeared without trace.

Bright Star - Opening Film, Official Selection Dir. Jane Campion, UK / Australia / France, 2009, 119 mins, 35mm Wed 4, 20:30, TOWN HALL Jane Campion (The Piano) stuns us all with her depiction of the last three years of poet John Keats’ life, in all its aching beauty. Starring Abbie Cornish (Somersault) as the witty and passionate Fanny Brawne (Keats’ lover) and Ben Whishaw (Perfume) as Keats, this sensual and infinitely poetic piece explores their deeply moving bond set to the changing seasons of the gorgeous English countryside. Rapturously received at its premiere in Cannes, this is an absolute delight and one to be relished by all.

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CARR1, 2 & 3 - Carriageworks

HYDE - Hyde Park Picture House

VUE1 & 2 - Vue in The Light

TOWN HALL - Town Hall

ART GALL - Leeds Art Gallery


Box Office: 0113 224 3801 23rd Leeds International Film Festival

Official Selection

Bunny and the Bull Dir. Paul King, UK, 2009, 101 mins, 35mm Sun 8, 15:00, TOWN HALL The feature debut of Paul King, director of the phenomenally successful TV series, The Mighty Boosh, Bunny and the Bull is a road movie set entirely in a flat. Stephen Turnbull hasn’t been outside in months, he refuses to interact with the world until a sudden infestation of mice forces him to relive a disastrous trek around Europe with his friend Bunny, a womanising, gamblingaddicted booze-hound. Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade also make appearances for you Boosh fans out there.

Can Go Through Skin (Kan door huid heen) Dir. Esther Rots, Netherlands, 2009, 94 mins, Dutch, ST, Digibeta Mon 16, 20:30, VUE1 ¦ Tue 17, 16:30, VUE1 ¦ Thu 19, 14:30, VUE1 In a brilliantly original debut feature by Dutch shorts’ director Esther Rots, a traumatic experience radically changes confident, vivacious Marieke’s life. She retreats from her familiar urban life to self-imposed solitude in a dilapidated house in the Zeeland countryside. With radical use of handheld camera techniques, innovative editing and sound and an intense, unforgettable central performance by Rifka Lodeizen, Can Go Through Skin evokes the horrors of a psychological breakdown and a painstaking and determined journey to recovery.

Cold Souls Dir. Sophie Barthes, USA, 2009, 101 mins, 35mm Fri 6, 18:00, TOWN HALL ¦ Sat 7, 21:00, HYDE Paul Giamatti stars as himself in this deliciously deadpan and sharply scripted comedy drama. Plagued by anxiety and self doubt over his interpretation of Uncle Vanya for a new production of the Chekov play Paul comes across a potential solution; a new high tech company can alleviate suffering by extracting and storing souls. Giamatti decides to use their services with the intention of reinstating everything once he survives the performance but things go wrong when a soul trafficking mule borrows his soul for an ambitious but talentless Russian soap opera actress.

Comrade Couture (Ein Traum in Erdbeerfolie) UK Premiere Dir. Marco Wilms, Germany, 2009, 84 mins, German, ST, Digibeta Sun 8, 18:00, CARR2 ¦ Mon 9, 15:00, CARR2 A fascinating, personal documentary journey into the amazing parallel universe of East Berlin’s fashion designers, experts in the art of survival and self expression. In the midst of the constraints of life in the GDR, there existed a fantasy world where it was possible to be individual. The most important characteristic of this bohemian scene was one’s personal style. But this was not something that could be purchased off the rack in the GDR. Directed by Marco Wilms, himself a model at a GDR fashion institute.

HIFI - HiFi Club UNI - University of Leeds

HOWARD - Howard Assembly Rooms NATION - Nation of Shopkeepers SAVILE - Savile’s Hall 7 - Seven

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Official Selection

23rd Leeds International Film Festival www.leedsfilm.com

Cracks Dir. Jordan Scott, UK / Ireland, 2009, 104 mins, 35mm Wed 18, 20:30, VUE2 ¦ Thu 19, 18:30, VUE2 The directorial debut of Jordan Scott (Ridley Scott’s daughter) has an assured and elegant visual style that must run in the family. Cracks features a charismatic performance by Eva Green (The Dreamers, Casino Royale) as Miss G, the enigmatic new teacher in an all-girl English boarding school circa 1930. She teaches her pupils that ‘desire is the most important thing in life’ and encourages their idolization. But when a new Spanish girl arrives at the school, attentions are shifted and jealousies reign.

Crying with Laughter Dir. Justin Molotnikov, UK, 2009, 93 mins, 35mm Sun 8, 17:30, TOWN HALL Crying with Laughter is an intensely edgy comedy-thriller about a controversial, confrontational stand up comic, Joey Frisk, played with gusto by Stephen McCole. Joey’s life comes apart at the seams just as he gets the opportunity of a big break. An American talent scout comes to see his act in his native Edinburgh, but his cocaine addiction, family and money problems all reach fever pitch, not to mention all the enemies lined up from assorted invective-strewn stage rants and a disturbing encounter with a shady character from his past.

Departures (Okuribito) UK Premiere Dir. Yôjirô Takita, Japan, 2008, 130 mins, Japanese, ST, 35mm Fri 6, 20:00, VUE2 ¦ Sun 8, 20:00, VUE2 This year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Departures is a delightful and sensitive journey into the heartland of Japan and an astonishingly beautiful look at a sacred part of the country's cultural heritage, the preparation of the dead before cremation. When a premiere symphony orchestra in Tokyo disbands, Daigo is left suddenly unemployed. Forced to rethink his career, he moves away with his wife to the crumbling remains of his mother’s house, and answers a job ad wanting help with ‘departures’. Daigo is about to discover brand new life.

Dogtooth (Kynodontas) Dir. Giorgos Lanthimos, Greece, 2009, 94 mins, Greek, ST, DigiBeta Sun 8, 20:30, HYDE ¦ Tue 10, 18:30, HYDE One of 2009’s revelations - it is absolutely staggering. Dogtooth burns magnesium bright with its audacious vision of a Greek middle class patriarch who governs his family as if the outside world is in a state of madness, danger and warfare, feeding them propaganda and lies to keep them docile and obedient, like trained dogs. Erotic and bizarre episodes frequent the film near constantly like a twisted, macabre fairy tale of an authority that causes people to shut off from the outside world and turn in on themselves instead.

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CARR1, 2 & 3 - Carriageworks

HYDE - Hyde Park Picture House

VUE1 & 2 - Vue in The Light

TOWN HALL - Town Hall

ART GALL - Leeds Art Gallery


Box Office: 0113 224 3801 23rd Leeds International Film Festival

Official Selection

El Árbol UK Premiere Dir. Carlos Serrano Azcona, Spain / Mexico, 2009, 70 mins, Spanish, ST, 35mm Mon 9, 17:00, VUE1 ¦ Tue 10, 21:00, VUE1 ¦ Thu 12, 16:00, VUE2 Calling to mind the Dardennes brothers with a difference, El Árbol is utterly engaging, and a brilliant film! Wandering through the hot streets of a Spanish town, the gorgeous (and impressively acted) Santiago is having an existential crisis. Day and night he walks the streets encountering different people, including randomly meeting a Jane Birkin-esque girl, a fair bit of time with a bottle, and some extremely intriguing singing nuns… Produced by the great Carlos Reygadas (Silent Light, LIFF 2007). Don’t miss this one.

Film Music Conference £20/£15/£10 (Full / Alumni / Conc, inc. lunch), Concert and Keynote Interview both FREE ¦ Fri 6, 10:00, UNI The University of Leeds School of Music presents a Film Music Conference on Friday 6 November 2009 featuring a keynote interview with film composer Ilan Eshkeri (Layer Cake, Hannibal Rising, Stardust, The Young Victoria) and a rare opportunity to hear new music performed live to silent films in the University’s beautiful Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall. The conference is intended to be wide ranging, and will also include academic papers and an introduction to the film music holdings at the University, particularly the Michael Nyman Archive. Contact Ian Sapiro (i.p.sapiro@leeds.ac.uk) or see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/filmmusic for further information.

Francesca UK Premiere Dir. Bobby Paunescu, Romania, 2009, 94 mins, Romanian, ST, 35mm Mon 9, 18:30, VUE2 ¦ Wed 11, 14:00, VUE2 One of the opening films of the 2009 Venice Film Festival, acclaimed drama Francesca is the debut of Bobby Paunescu, a leading producer in new Romanian cinema. Francesca is a young kindergarten teacher whose dream is to leave Romania and migrate to Italy for a better life. She is relying on her boyfriend Mita to join her in Italy as soon as he finishes a small business he’s involved in, but her plans are threatened as painful truths come to light. Paunescu expertly builds a tragic sense of entrapment around Francesca’s flight.

Grill Point (Halbe Treppe) Dir. Andreas Dresen, Germany, 2002, 111 mins, German, ST, 35mm Fri 6, 17:30, HYDE Leading East German director Andreas Dresen has cited the influence of Mike Leigh in this charming and keenly observed character drama. Radio host Chris and his second wife Katrin don´t have much to say to each other anymore, in or out of bed. Uwe, his friend, slaves away day and night in his own hot-dog stall, but forgets his wife and kids. Ellen and Chris are drawn together but are caught in the act and everyone is shaken out of their stupor. Featuring cameos and soundtrack by cult German band 17 Hippies. HIFI - HiFi Club UNI - University of Leeds

HOWARD - Howard Assembly Rooms NATION - Nation of Shopkeepers SAVILE - Savile’s Hall 7 - Seven

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Official Selection

23rd Leeds International Film Festival www.leedsfilm.com

Guidance (Behandlingen) UK Premiere Dir. Johan Jonason, Sweden, 2009, 83 mins, Swedish, ST, 35mm Tue 10, 14:00, VUE2 ¦ Tue 10, 18:30, VUE2 A fabulously weird Swedish film about the world of self-help. Ray is a middle aged guy who has stopped going to work, and just can’t seem to motivate himself, and his wife has just about had enough. One day she meets an odd therapist with an unconventional approach - thus begins Ray’s ‘guidance’. Taken into the wilderness and pushed to his limits, Ray starts to see sides to his mentor which are very strange indeed. The apathy, pain and strength of the human condition are explored with tenderness and skill.

The Happiest Girl in the World (Cea Mai Fericita Fata din Lume) Dir. Radu Jude, Romania / The Netherlands, 2009, 90 mins, Romanian, ST, 35mm Sat 7, 20:30, VUE2 ¦ Sun 8, 13:30, VUE2 The amazing run of fresh and exciting new filmmaking in Romania continues with The Happiest Girl in the World, a satirical realtime drama about 18 year old Delia, lucky winner of an expensive new car. Her parents take her to Bucharest to shoot an advert for the competition organisers, a soft drink manufacturer, but the dream turns into a nightmare with endless takes and technical hitches and escalating arguments with her parents about her winnings.

Harry Brown Dir. Daniel Barber, UK, 2009, 103 mins, 35mm Thu 12, 21:00, VUE2 Michael Caine as Harry Brown shines in a bold role inside a story of brutal retribution. Harry Brown lives alone, shut away in one of Britain's bleak public-housing apartment blocks, or in the pub. Outside is chaos as warring gangs deal drugs and violently settle scores. When Harry suffers a horrible loss, he quietly decides to act. ‘The depiction of gang structures and gang violence feels more kitchen sink than shoot-'em-up. Barber pays attention to authentic detail – although he still allows for some brilliant, thundering firepower.’ (Toronto Film Festival)

Heimat: Series 1 Episode 1: The Call of Far Away Places (Heimat - Eine deutsche Chronik: Fernweh) Dir. Edgar Reitz, West Germany, 1984, 118 mins, German, ST, DV Wed 4, 18:30, HOWARD ¦ Thu 5, 12:00, HOWARD Screening to complement the University’s Heimat Symposium at Opera North, take advantage of the opportunity to see the opening episode of this great series on the big screen. Originally made for German TV, Heimat chronicles life in Germany between 1919 and 2000 through the eyes of a family from the Hunsrück area of the Rhineland, merging personal stories with the dramatic developments in German history. In this episode the teenager Paul takes up the hobby of wireless radio and marries Maria, only to leave without warning.

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CARR1, 2 & 3 - Carriageworks

HYDE - Hyde Park Picture House

VUE1 & 2 - Vue in The Light

TOWN HALL - Town Hall

ART GALL - Leeds Art Gallery


Box Office: 0113 224 3801 23rd Leeds International Film Festival

Official Selection

Heimat - Series 2 Episode 1: The Time of the First Songs (Die Zweite Heimat: Chronik einer Jugend: Die Zeit der ersten Lieder) Dir. Edgar Reitz, Germany, 1992, 115 mins, German, ST, DV Thu 5, 20:30, HOWARD Considered by many to be even better than the original series, Der Zweite Heimat shifts to Munich and the adventures of Hermann, youngest son of the Simon family. Hermann’s teenage romance with 26-year old soulmate Klarchen was considered scandalous by his conservative hometown and he vows never to return. A musical prodigy, he heads to the conservatory in Munich where he meets many eccentric and talented new friends and networks with the avant-garde culture surrounding the conservatory.

Heimat Afternoon £7 / £5 for full event including 2 panel discussions or £4 or individual panel discussions ¦ Thu 5, 14:30, HOWARD The University of Leeds, Opera North and the Film Festival, present an afternoon of talk and discussion about Edgar Reitz’s classic TV films Heimat. Between screenings of two of the best episodes, there will be a series of talks on the films, reflecting on representations of history and German-ness, contemporary German film, cinematic space, music and film, the rise of radical modernism and adaptation.

If You Are the One (Fei Cheng Wu Rao) UK Premiere Dir. Xiaogang Feng, China, 2008, 130 mins, Mandarin, ST, DigiBeta Mon 16, 15:30, VUE1 ¦ Thu 19, 18:30, VUE1 A romantic comedy about unrequited longing, If You Are the One is a dream union of leading Chinese writer / director Xiaogang Feng, veteran actor You Ge, and Taiwanese star Qi Shu. Wealthy inventor of the hilarious Conflict Resolution Terminal, Qin Fen is in subprime condition, ‘morally about 50/50’, and tired of going on failed dates. The one woman he falls for, the beautiful Smiley (for ‘smiles hiding knives’), admits she has someone else in her heart, but agrees to accompany him to the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Can they move on together from what keeps them apart?

The King of Escape (Le Roi de l'évasion) Dir. Alain Guiraudie, France, 2009, 93 mins, French, ST, DigiBeta Tue 10, 19:00, VUE1 ¦ Sat 14, 21:00, CARR1 ¦ Thu 19, 21:00, VUE1 One of the funniest and quirkiest films you’ll see this year, you’ll laugh out loud just thinking about it! Armand is a gay and tubby middle-aged tractor salesman from sleepy Toulouse who rescues Curly, a 16 year old girl, from a bunch of bullies. She (amazingly!) falls passionately in love with him and he, having got bored of the emptiness of cottaging, decides to have a go at batting for the other team! They run away together with a little ‘doo root’ to help them on their way – a magical plant with a Viagra-like effect…

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La Pivellina Dirs. Tizza Covi / Rainer Frimmel, Austria / Italy, 2009, 100 mins, Italian, ST, 35mm Mon 9, 20:45, CARR1 ¦ Tue 10, 15:30, CARR1 ¦ Fri 13, 20:30, CARR1 This astonishing film will touch you very deeply with warmth and humanity. Patty and her husband are circus performers and live in a small trailer community in Rome, which is like a surrogate family. One day Patty finds a toddler, Asia, all alone by the swings and discovers an anonymous note in her coat asking her to look after the little girl. Asia gradually becomes an adored member of the ‘family’, but when the time comes, giving her back suddenly feels – well, almost impossible. Without doubt a great new filmmaking talent.

La Tigra, Chaco UK Premiere Dirs. Frederico Godfrid / Juan Sasiaín, Argentina, 2008, 80 mins, Spanish, ST, 35mm Thu 12, 15:00, VUE2 ¦ Sat 14, 16:30, VUE2 Esteban returns to La Tigra, a place he hasn’t been for quite a while. Looking for his father, instead he reconnects with a girl he has some unexplained history with in this understated yet wonderfully acted piece of new Argentine cinema. With a languid pace all its own you really start to feel as though you’re in La Tigra yourself, and as the sexual tension between Esteban and Vera develops into a truly palpable passion, you’ll relish the gentle pace and understated power of this beautiful film.

Latest from the Da-Da-eR (Letztes aus der Da-Da-eR) Dir. Jörg Foth, Germany, 1990, 86 mins, German, ST, 35mm Fri 6, 15:00, VUE2 A fascinating cult oddity from the end of the East German era, the title is a play on words, merging the irreverent Dada art movement of the 1920s and the German acronym for East Germany. In a series of cabaret pieces, two clowns played by Steffen Mensching and Hans-Eckardt Wenzel – legendary East German songwriter-poets and comedians – satirize East German life in the historic year after the Wall came down. Only granted leave from prison to sing for people outside, the clowns perform as the country sinks into rebellion.

Love and Rage (Vanvittig forelsket) UK Premiere Dir. Morten Giese, Denmark, 2009, 94 mins, Danish, ST, 35mm Mon 16, 18:30, VUE2 ¦ Tue 17, 20:30, VUE2 A stunning piece of new Danish cinema, Love and Rage follows Daniel, a budding pianist who seems to have inherited more than just his huge musical talent from his father – his intensity comes at a price, as those close to him start to understand. Brimming with passion, desire, jealously and furious anger, Daniel’s emotions get the better of him and bring out the worst, begging the question: Can passion ever have a happy ending? A gripping drama with a fantastic lead performance which brings to the surface a raw array of primal emotions, intertwining them with a potent and dangerous musical creativity.

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Low Lights UK Premiere Dir. Ignas Miškinis, Lithuania / Germany, 2009, 92 mins, Lithuanian, ST, 35mm Sat 7, 16:30, VUE2 ¦ Mon 9, 14:00, VUE2 Gorgeously shot amidst Vilnius’ roads at night, Low Lights is a staggeringly stylish and appealing film. Tadas and Vita are unhappily married, barely speaking to each other and living like strangers. One day Tadas meets an old friend who invites him to hang out – driving around in a car at night with the lights out...? At first Tadas is baffled but he soon understands the appeal, and they both fall for the allure of the mysterious night and the femme who inhabits it. A cinematic gift from Lithuania and a real pleasure to watch.

The Men Who Stare at Goats Dir. Grant Heslov, USA / UK, 2009, 90 mins, 35mm Wed 4, 18:00, TOWN HALL One of the sure-fire hits of the Autumn, the Leeds International Film Festival is proud to open with The Men Who Stare at Goats, a brilliant satirical comedy about modern warfare featuring note-perfect performances from a raft of A list stars. Based on renowned British journalist Jon Ronson’s acclaimed non-fiction book, the film follows a war reporter (Ewan McGregor) who meets an ‘ex-jedi’ special forces agent (George Clooney), part of a secret, psychic military unit set up by Vietnam Vet and hippie general (a scene stealing turn by Jeff Bridges).

The Mighty Boosh on Tour: Journey of the Childmen Dir. Oliver Ralfe, UK, 2009, 86 mins, DV Sun 8, 13:00, TOWN HALL The Mighty Boosh is one of those rare comedies that has transferred from radio and TV success to a national phenomenon, catapulting its stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding to stadium rock star status. Journey of the Childmen captures the roller coaster ride of the huge 110 show Future Sailors tour, as the Boosh navigate a nation hooked on its cult. Screening with Curtains, a brilliant and blackly comic short film about the macabre adventures of a punch and judy man, co-written and directed by Julian ‘Howard Moon’ Barratt (Dirs. Julian Barratt & Dan Jemmett, UK, 2009, 15 mins)

The Misfortunates (La Merditude des Choses) UK Premiere Dir. Felix Van Groeningen, Belgium, 2009, 108 mins, Dutch, ST, 35mm Sat 7, 18:45, HYDE ¦ Mon 9, 18:30, CARR1 Received to howls of laughter at its Cannes screening this year, this is a fresh and hilarious look at the life of a family of losers who still live at home with their mum, get drunk and do ridiculous things. This colourful portrayal of ‘misfortunate’ lives surprises in its divergence from more common cinematic subject matter. Thoroughly entertaining, with underlying seriousness made all the more poignant because of its slapstick, this fabulous Belgian film finds a new way of reaching your heart – through splitting your sides! Great fun. HIFI - HiFi Club UNI - University of Leeds

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North (Nord) UK Premiere Dir. Rune Denstad Langlo, Norway, 78 mins, Nowegian / Saami, Subtitled, 35mm Thu 12, 21:00, CARR1 ¦ Sat 14, 21:00, VUE2 ¦ Mon 16, 20:30, HYDE Norwegian deadpan humour at its best! Following a nervous breakdown, ski athlete Jomar learns that he might be the father of child way up north, so he sets off on a strange and poetic journey through Norway on a snowmobile, with 5 litres of alcohol as his sole provisions. On this journey through amazing arctic landscapes, Jomar seems to do everything in his power to avoid reaching his destination. He meets other tender and confused souls, who will all help to push Jomar further along his reluctant journey towards the brighter side of life.

Open Cinema Unconference FREE ¦ Thu 12, 11:00, CARR3 Film festivals around the world present thousands of outstanding new and archive films that don’t get the exposure they deserve. Beyond film festivals, audiences are severely limited by what they can see in public venues, while talented filmmakers are frustrated, unable to reach them. The Open Cinema Unconference brings together distributors, programmers, educators, digital innovators, and more to explore how access to the cinema experience can be transformed for all. Presented in partnership with VALID.ac and the Louis le Prince Centre with support from the Open Video Alliance. Visit http://www.valid.ac/opencinema for more details and registration.

Pomegranates and Myrrh (Al Mor wa al Rumman) English Premiere Dir. Najwa Najjar, Palestinian Territories / France / Germany, 2008, 95 mins, Arabic / Hebrew / English, ST, 35mm Mon 9, 20:30, VUE2 ¦ Wed 11, 18:30, VUE2 A sensuous and wonderful film about striving for personal freedom in the midst of difficulty. Modern Palestininan couple Kamar and Zaid are blissfully wed when their land is confiscated by Israelis. Zaid is unfairly arrested and tortured for trying to defend it, and Kamar is torn between her loyalties and her right to pleasure and joy through dance. Her growing closeness to troubled dance teacher Kais makes her decide for herself how to keep her soul free and spirit alive, dealing with the realities of life while refusing to become a victim to them.

Puccini and the Girl (Puccini e la Fanciulla) UK Premiere Dirs. Paolo Benvenuti & Paola Baroni, Italy, 2008, 84 mins, Italian, ST, 35mm Wed 11, 21:00, CARR1 ¦ Thu 12, 19:00, CARR1 ¦ Sun 15, 20:30, VUE2 There is such grace and breath-catching beauty in all aspects of this film; the cinematography is superb, the colours marvellous, the quietness and intermittent bursts of music sublime, and the integrity of the accomplishment quite astonishing. Through extensive and difficult research (faced with serious political and legal hurdles) the directors tell, for the first time, the powerful true story of Puccini’s relationship with his house maid, without dialogue and set to gorgeous music including Puccini and Italian folk songs. A revelation.

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Samson and Delilah Dir. Warwick Thornton, Australia, 2009, 101 mins, English / Aboriginal, ST, 35mm Wed 11, 16:00, CARR1 ¦ Wed 11, 18:30, CARR1 Teenagers Samson and Delilah live in a small and isolated Aboriginal community in the central Australian desert, Samson’s mundane and boring existence is alleviated by substance abuse, he also persistently shadows Delilah as she cares for her elderly Nana. One day their lives are shattered by a set of tragic events and the two youngsters must leave their town and embark on a journey to the city. A visually beautiful and profound film which reveals the desperation and disconnection of the two teenagers against a backdrop of indifference and racism.

Schultze Gets the Blues Dir. Michael Schorr, Germany, 2003, 110 mins, German, ST, DV Sun 8, 20:00, CARR2 In a beautifully lyrical and bittersweet comedy-drama, Schultze follows the eponymous retired miner (the excellent Horst Krause) from his dreary life in a Saxon village to a gentle late-life adventure in the Zydeco country of Louisiana. A keen amateur folk musician, he is captivated by the Cajun music he hears for the first time on the radio back home. Schultze then embarks on a journey armed with accordion, polka tunes and rudimentary English, discovering a new life on the other side of the hill.

A Serious Man Dirs. Ethan Coen / Joel Coen, USA, 2009, 105mins, 35mm Sun 8, 20:00, TOWN HALL ¦ Tue 10, 20:30, HYDE ¦ Thu 12, 20:00, HYDE A Serious Man is the latest, brilliantly inventive black comedy from the Coen brothers set in Minnesota in 1967. Larry Gopnik is a professor at a quiet Midwestern university whose life unravels spectacularly when his wife leaves him for his pompous colleague. His unemployable brother is sleeping on the couch, his son is a discipline problem and his daughter is filching money for a nose job. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three Rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a serious man?

Seven Minutes in Heaven (Sheva dakot be gan eden) UK Premiere Dir. Omri Givon, Israel / France / Hungary, 2008, 94 mins, Hebrew, ST, 35mm Sun 8, 18:00, VUE2 ¦ Tue 10, 16:00, VUE2 ¦ Tue 10, 20:30, VUE2 Outstanding performances blend with a beautifully structured narrative in this fulfilling and sophisticated film by an impressive new talent. The inner emotional landscape of identity and grief is superbly explored as we follow Galia, who survived a Palestinian bus bombing in Jerusalem but whose boyfriend did not. Meeting Boaz seems to give her some relief as she starts to piece together her memory of what actually happened that day, but all is not what it seems, and Galia has to delve deeper to find the answers. HIFI - HiFi Club UNI - University of Leeds

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Slovenian Girl (Slovenka) Dir. Damjan Kozole, Slovenia / Germany / Serbia / Croatia / Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2009, 90 mins, Slovenian / English, ST, 35mm Fri 13, 16:00, VUE2 ¦ Sun 15, 18:30, VUE2 Superb acting and a truly riveting watch. Slovenian Girl is the trading name of Alexandra, who sells her body whilst a student in Ljubljana. But a client who has a heart attack (and who happens to be a UN Ambassador) complicates things as she is suddenly wanted by the police as well as some very sinister people, leading to some really tense moments. Struggling to keep everything together, something’s got to give. Her worldweariness is touching, human and real, making this enjoyable and powerful throughout.

Small Crime (Mikro Egklima) UK Premiere Dir. Christos Georgiou, Germany / Cyprus / Greece, 2008, 85 mins, Greek, ST, 35mm Mon 16, 18:30, VUE1 ¦ Tue 17, 14:30, VUE1 ¦ Thu 19, 16:30, VUE2 Filmed on the beautiful Greek island of Therasia near Santorini in the Cyclades, Small Crime is part romantic comedy, part murder mystery, part ‘let’s pack our bags’. Leonidas is the lone policeman on the tiny island, where a car missing brake lights is a major incident. So when the body of alcoholic ex-footballer Zaharias is discovered down the side of a cliff, he faces his equivalent of a volcanic eruption. Exhausted from the fallout of conflicting ‘witnesses’, he finds himself with unexpected new motivation in the dead man’s daughter and TV celebrity Angeliki.

Stay the Same Never Change UK Premiere Dir. Laurel Nakadate, USA, 2009, 93 mins, HDCam Mon 9, 15:00, VUE1 ¦ Mon 9, 20:30, VUE1 This unique and infinitely watchable film is the debut feature by video artist Laurel Nakadate, featuring real people in their own real homes who have taken on the lives created for them by the director. ‘I wanted to tell a story about being trapped in the middle of nowhere - in a life that you might not have chosen. I wanted to talk about the ways desire can save us and then, drown us ... It is this mix of fact and fiction that excites me; the place between what we know and what we want.’ – Laurel Nakadate

Sun Alley (Sonnenallee) Dir. Leander Haußmann, Germany, 1999, 101 mins, German, ST, 35mm Fri 13, 14:00, VUE2 ¦ Sat 14, 14:00, VUE2 A warm and irreverent comedy set in the heart of East Berlin in the heart of the 1970s. Michael lives on Sun Alley, the end of a street which runs from the west through the Berlin Wall. Western kids jeer at him and his friends from the other side, but there is a wealth of western pop culture contraband heading through the barricades that might include the new Rolling Stones album. But Micha is focused on his goal: doing whatever it takes to win the heart of the prettiest girl at school.

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A Thousand Oceans (Tausend Ozeane) UK Premiere Dir. Luki Frieden, Luxembourg / Switzerland, 2008, 80 mins, German, ST, 35mm Sat 7, 18:30, VUE2 ¦ Mon 9, 16:00, VUE2 A unique narrative approach makes this compelling viewing that’ll have you totally engaged the whole way through. Meikel’s father wants him to take over the family business, but at the last minute his rebellious friend Bjorn comes to his rescue and whisks him off to a beautiful island in the Maldives for a holiday. But when Meikel comes home, Bjorn decides to stay, and Meikel starts to realise that something really strange is going on that nobody will talk about. A fascinating film with a really original spin to it.

Trash Humpers Dir. Harmony Korine, USA / UK, 2009, 78 mins, 35mm Mon 16, 22:30, HYDE ¦ Wed 18, 18:30, HYDE ¦ Thu 19, 22:00, HYDE Provocative director Harmony Korine (Gummo, Julien Donkey Boy, Mister Lonely) returns with Trash Humpers, a strange and anarchic tale of a psychotic suburban family shot on lo-fi video in the style of cinema verite documentary. Sporting creepy old-folks masks and indulging in deranged and destructive behaviour, the ‘trash humpers’ (the title is disturbingly literal) provide a gleefully subversive counterpart to cult bad taste classics like John Water’s infamous Pink Flamingoes, except for the song-and-dance numbers.

The Tunnel (Der Tunnel) Dir. Roland Suso Richter, Germany, 2001, 150 mins, German, ST, 35mm Sat 7, 13:30, VUE2 Made by German studios that model themselves on Spielberg’s Dreamworks, The Tunnel is political history reinvented as popular entertainment, a nail-biting thriller. Based on the true story of one of the most daring east-west escape attempts coordinated by the Olympic swimmer Harry Melchior. With his best friend Matthis, an engineer, they plan their nearly-impossible project. Nine harrowing months and 145 metres later, despite cave-ins, flooding and Stasi spies, the team breaks through the cellar of a building on the other side.

West of Pluto (À l'Ouest de Pluton) UK Premiere Dirs. Henry Bernadet & Myriam Verreault, Canada, 2008, 90 mins, French, ST, 35mm Wed 11, 16:00, VUE2 ¦ Thu 12, 19:00, VUE2 ¦ Tue 17, 18:30, VUE2 French-Canadian cinema at its very best! A brilliant film that’s really funny and profound at the same time, revolving around the identity crisis of Pluto since a scientific declaration removed its status as a planet, and a group of teenagers (exceptional performances) who are also searching for their identities as they float around in the social solar system. Astonishingly, this superb film lets us experience being a teenager again, as we follow their feelings, friendships and awakenings. Miss this and you’ll miss something wonderful. HIFI - HiFi Club UNI - University of Leeds

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White Night Wedding (Brúðguminn) UK Premiere Dir. Baltasar Kormákur, Iceland, 2008, 96 mins, Icelandic, ST, 35mm Fri 13, 18:00, VUE2 ¦ Tue 17, 16:30, VUE2 ¦ Thu 19, 21:00, VUE2 This fabulous Icelandic film has to be one of the best ways to spend 96 minutes on a cold November’s day in Leeds! Set in the staggeringly awesome Icelandic landscape on ‘White Night’ (midsummer’s eve when the sun doesn’t set), the film follows Jón and his eccentric pagan wife as they move from Reykjavík to a small sea-side village where some huge changes take place. Brimming with humour with a dash of melancholia, and always very Icelandic, this is a touching and bittersweet tale of love and the bewitching power of White Night.

Wolfy (Volchok) Dir. Vasili Sigarev, Russia, 2009, 88 mins, Russian, ST, 35mm Mon 9, 21:00, HYDE ¦ Sun 15, 14:00, VUE2 Following in the tradition of intense Russian drama and with a visual style that is uniquely East European, Wolfy depicts a painful and broken relationship between a mother and daughter. The mother is wild, monstrous and unpredictable, leaving her little girl alone with her grandmother for great stretches of time, the daughter increasingly finds solace and escape through her fertile imagination. Vasili Sigarev’s mesmerising and visually poetic debut is also savage and uncompromising with a towering central performance by Yana Troyanova as the mother. A richly rewarding and moving experience.



Cinema Versa


Cinema Versa Introduction Cinema Versa is like an underground festival within a festival, the home of radical documentaries, exciting live events and maverick voices with two leading themes: music and human rights. The new official festival bar, the Nation of Shopkeepers will host a series of performances and gatherings, from Video Love, an ingenious blend of live music and film collage, to a hip hop artist-DJ battle, a film quiz, a record stall, DIY gigs and a customised caravan screening vintage shorts.

Confidential and there is a tribute to modern songwriting master Nick Cave in Do You Love Me Like I Love You?

Human rights, activist and environmental films screen alongside informative workshops and panel discussions, encouraging viewers to get involved in local campaigns for progressive social change. Earth Days, a history of the environmental movement, is accompanied by a talk by Friends of the Earth, Some Voices precedes a panel discussion on mental health Music films represent a broad diversity of styles and there are presentations on human trafficking, with world music journeys to Africa (Throw permaculture and grassroots documentary Down Your Heart) and Cambodia (Sleepwalking filmmaking. Through the Mekong), indie (Todd P Goes to Austin), post-rock (Introspective), folk (The Cinema Versa also presents a season of classic Pilgrimage of Ti-Jean) and classical (In Search films from the East European Underground in of the Messiah and Edgar Varese: the One All partnership with Second Run DVDs including Alone) and a love letter to the indie record Polish classics The Third Part of the Night and store in partnership with Jumbo Records (I Need Mother Joan of Angels and surrealist Czech that Record!). Veteran rockumentary auteur masterpiece Daisies with live accompaniment Julien Temple appears for a Q&A with his new by innovative local band Monkey See Monkey film on punk progenitors Dr Feelgood, Oil City Do.

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Daisies + live music by Monkey See Monkey Do

Earth Days + Leeds Friends of the Earth Grassroots Film Funding Workshop and Tenner Films Jumbo Night: I Need That Record Kuchar Cult Film Night: It Came from Kuchar, Cocktail Crooners and Sins of the Fleshapoids presented by Cory McAbee LAST Leeds: Human Trafficking Film Event Leeds Summat, The Nation of Shopkeepers Film Quiz Old Romantic Killer Band Exploitation Soundtrack Gig Permaculture Evening Pilgrimage of Ti-Jean, The + Live Irish Traditional Music Session Run Up, The: Bonafide Word on the Street featuring DJ Mike L & artist Fon Salsa Night: Our Latin Thing Some Voices + Time to Change Debate Todd P Goes to Austin + DIY gig Video Love: Live Cinema Workshop Video Love: VJs and Vamplers: the Beginnings of Live Cinema Vintage Smalls: Rayon Rose Yadig? Night feat Alan Lomax Films + Serious Sam Barrett and David Broad live

Eastern European Underground Daisies Diary for My Children Mother Joan of Angels Third Part of the Night, The

Human Rights and Underground Voices Another Planet Art and Copy Babaji, an Indian Love Story Bananas Below Sea Level Blow Horn Carmen Meets Borat Disco and Atomic War Encirclement Episode III: Enjoy Poverty In the Shadow of Dr Mabuse the Daughters of Norbert Jacques Kimjongilia Kites Letter to a Child Natural Born Star Oblivion Superheroes War and Love in Kabul

Music on Film Buskers In Search of the Messiah + Edgar Varese: The One All Alone Introspective Man Who Bottled Clouds, The Nick Cave: Do You Love Me Like I Love You? Oil City Confidential + Julien Temple Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae Sleepwalking Through the Mekong Throw Down Your Heart Trimpin: the Sound of Invention Turn it Loose

Images (Page 31) Buskers (opposite) Superheroes (this page from top) Oblivion, Some Voices, Todd P goes to Austin, Mother Joan of Angels, Another Planet

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Another Planet (Másik bolygó) UK Premiere Dir. Ferenc Moldoványi, Hungary, 2008, 95 mins, Spanish / Swahili / Khmer / Raramuri / Lingala, ST, Digibeta Sat 7, 12:30, CARR1 ¦ Mon 9, 16:30, CARR1 Another Planet is a cinematic poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsii and a rigorous critique of the humanitarian crisis caused by the unfair distribution of wealth across the world. Opening with a dreamlike sequence in which a shaman imparts a dream of paradise on earth, it goes on to document the everyday life of children from the Congo, Cambodia, and Ecuador forced into labour, prostitution or the army with moving and inspiring narration by the children, describing their everyday struggles with great dignity and fortitude.

Art and Copy Dir. Doug Pray , USA, 2009, 89 mins, DigiBeta Thu 5, 18:30, 7 ¦ Fri 6, 20:30, CARR1 Artists, designers and fans of the film Helvetica (LIFF 2008) will love Art and Copy. During the 1960s there was a huge creative revolution led by a small group of of designers who wanted to shake up the corporate advertising world. Responsible for some of the most successful campaigns in history (Nike’s ‘Just Do It’, ‘Got Milk?’ and Apple computers) these people have changed the way we perceive products and in some cases how we live our lives. Here they talk candidly about their careers and the ever changing face of advertising which, love it or hate it, is here to stay. The chance to see Ridley Scott’s original Apple Mac advert from 1984 is worth the ticket price alone.

Babaji, an Indian Love Story UK Premiere Dir. Jiska Rickels, The Netherlands, 2009, 71 mins, Hindi, ST, Digibeta Mon 9, 17:00, CARR2 An affectionate and magical documentary about Babaji Basant, a Hindu shaman who is allegedly over 100 years old. Every day he lies in a homemade grave in his backyard where his wife is buried, waiting to be reunited with her. But people travel from far and wide to consult him for his vast knowledge of herbal medicine and healing. A gentle and lyrical film interspersed with beautiful songs from a traditional Indian singer who sings of life, love and death in a tribute to Babaji.

Bananas UK Premiere Dir. Fredrik Gertten, Sweden, 2009, 80 mins, Spanish / English, ST, DigiBeta Sun 8, 16:00, CARR1 A David and Goliath story about the world's biggest fruit company who were put on trial in the USA for poisoning their workers. For the first time in history a small US law firm represented Nicaraguan plantation workers who suffered health problems and infertility because of toxic pesticides used by the fruit corporation. Does a small law firm stand a chance against the power of a multi-billion dollar corporation? Bananas is an incredibly suspenseful documentary that shows the trial unfold and the characters involved.

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Below Sea Level UK Premiere Dir. Gianfranco Rosi, Italy / USA, 2008, 110 mins, DigiBeta Tue 10, 15:00, CARR2 ¦ Sat 14, 15:30, CARR2 In the Californian desert, close to the Mexican border, there’s 'Slab City', an eccentric community on the margins of society, living without byelaws or civic infrastructure, without running water or electricity and 200 feet below sea level. It’s a place that draws loners and non-conformists, people with shady pasts or guilty secrets and here no-one asks any questions. Meet Bulletproof, Insane Wayne, Bus Kenny, Cindy, a transgender Vietnam vet, Lili the doctor and Mike Bright, a grizzled songwriter.

Blow Horn UK Premiere Dir. Luis Miñarro, Spain, 2009, 79 mins, Spanish, ST, DigiBeta Sat 7, 20:30, CARR1 ¦ Sun 8, 14:00, CARR1 ¦ Tue 10, 13:30, CARR1 A meditative and deeply beautiful documentary following a group of Spanish friends who, having spent over 3 years in a Buddhist retreat, make the pilgrimage to the Sherab Ling monastery in India. Artfully making a link between meditation and filmmaking, this intimate yet never exclusive piece is an inspiring and tranquil journey which seeks to enlighten us all a little about the life changing powers which lie within Buddhist practises, approaching the transcendental. With long, thoughtful scenes of places passed through along the way, Blow Horn can’t help but make the journey just as meaningful as the destination.

Buskers Dir. Chad S Taylor, USA, 2008, 60 mins, DV Sun 8, 16:30, CARR2 ¦ Sat 14, 18:00, CARR2 In his directorial debut, Mad Chad Taylor, the renowned Venice Beach chainsaw juggler, has created a one of a kind documentary that goes deep inside the hidden world of street performing. Amid rare footage of the most shocking and inspired street acts from around the world, one performer after another pulls back the makeshift curtain. Their acts are astonishing; their stories, more amazing still! Featuring ‘The Fireman’ whose teeth are all falling out because of his mad act, Robert Shields the famous mime artist, and many more fascinating oddball and endearing characters.

Carmen Meets Borat Dir. Mercedes Stalenhoef, The Netherlands, 2009, 85 mins, Romanian, ST, Digibeta Sat 7, 21:00, CARR2 ¦ Sat 14, 21:00, CARR2 The extraordinary story a Romanian gypsy village and its alarming transformation after the arrival of ‘Borat’. In Sasha Baron Cohen’s comedy blockbuster the inhabitants are portrayed as backward people from Kazhakstan. The people laugh in good faith although they do not speak any English and on the film’s release, the press descends on the village and suspicion and jealousy reign, compounded by the arrival of an American lawyer pledging to represent the villagers in a $30 million lawsuit against the film company.

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Daisies + live music by Monkey See Monkey Do (Sedmikrásky) Dir. Vera Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 73 mins, Czech, ST, DV Wed 4, 21:00, HOWARD ¦ Sat 7, 16:30, HOWARD An anarchic, surrealist classic and one of the most influential Czech movies of the 60s, Daisies is a unique cinematic experience. Two young women named Marie revolt against a decayed and oppressive society, attacking symbols of wealth and bourgeois culture. Described by the director as a ‘philosophical documentary in the form of a farce’, the film is about creativity and rebellion, both defiant feminist statement and nihilistic, avant-garde comedy. The first screening on Wednesday 4 November is with live, improvised accompaniment by innovative Leeds band Monkey See Monkey Do.

Diary for My Children (Napló Gyermekeimnek) Dir. Márta Mészáros, Hungary, 1984, 106 mins, Hungarian, ST, DV Sat 7, 14:30, HOWARD The first in the renowned trilogy of autobiographical films by leading Hungarian director Márta Mészáros, Diary for My Children is set during the turbulent years following the Second World War. Jan Nowicki plays a dual role as the factory-worker friend of revolutionary journalist Anna, and as the politicalprisoner father of teen-age heroine Zsusza. The film bridges the personal and political lives of its protagonists with great authenticity and examines the conflicts of ideological revolutionaries now compromised by the onset of Stalinism.

Disco and Atomic War (Disko ja tuumasõda) Dir. Jaak Kilmi, Estonia / Finland, 2009, 80 mins, Estonian, ST, Digibeta Tue 10, 21:00, CARR2 ¦ Wed 11, 17:00, CARR2 A personal perspective on pop culture and totalitarian power from Jaak Kilmi, who grew up in Soviet Estonia in a town where he could get both communist propaganda TV from the USSR and western pop culture from Finland. ‘It was possible for Emmanuelle and McGyver to defeat the Red Army and the teachers’ council,’ says TV journalist Kiur Aarma, explaining the ideological battlefield of the time. The film relates the absurd and hilarious stories of fellow Estonians interlaced with bizarre and fascinating archive footage.

Earth Days + Leeds Friends of the Earth UK Premiere Dir. Robert Stone, USA, 2009, 90 mins, DV Fri 13, 18:30, CARR1 followed by debate at 20:00, CARR3 Visually stunning and vastly entertaining, Earth Days looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement from its post-war rustlings in the 1950s to the first wildly successful 1970 Earth Day celebration and the subsequent firestorm of political action. Earth Days is both a poetic meditation on humanity's complex relationship with nature and an engaging history of the revolutionary achievements - and missed opportunities - of groundbreaking eco-activism. Presented with an introduction and discussion by Friends of the Earth.

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Encirclement (L'encerclement) UK Premiere Dir. Richard Brouillette, Canada, 2008, 160 mins, French / English, ST, HDCam Thu 12, 19:45, VUE1 Encirclement provides an enlightening and rigorous critique of the dominant ideology of neo-liberalism drawing upon the thinking and analyses of an array of internationally renowned intellectuals. It examines the various mechanisms used to impose its dictates throughout the world and reveals how thought and democracy have been encircled from all directions by propaganda and reform. Featuring interviews with Noam Chomsky, Susan George, Michel Chossudovsky, Normand Baillargeon and many other leading thinkers of our time.

Episode III: Enjoy Poverty Dir. Renzo Martens, The Netherlands, 2009, 90 mins, French, ST, Digibeta Sat 7, 16:30, CARR1 ¦ Mon 9, 14:30, CARR1 In an ingeniously provocative and highly controversial film, Renzo Martens launches an ‘emancipation project’ that helps the Congo’s poor benefit from Africa’s most lucrative export: filmed and photographed poverty. In an unusual combination of satirical art project, social enterprise and investigative journalism, Martens challenges international journalists and development agencies. Criticised for its ethical approach, the film undeniably challenges preconceptions and reveals contradictions in a system that maintains poverty in Africa.

Grassroots Film Funding Workshop and Tenner Film Shorts Dir. Vicki Lesley, UK, 2009, 90 mins approx., DV FREE ¦ Wed 11, 18:30, CARR3 Tenner Films is an independent documentary film company set up to produce work that addresses the big social questions that face us, particularly environmental degradation and global injustice. It’s run by filmmaker Vicki Lesley who will be presenting shorts from her ongoing project 13 Short Films About Atomic Power, a series already including documentaries, an interview with Tony Benn, performance poetry and stop motion animation. She will be presenting a workshop on fundraising, distribution and building projects from the grassroots up.

In Search of the Messiah World Premiere + Edgar Varese: The One All Alone UK Premiere Dir. Luisa Pretolani, UK 2009, 50 mins, DigiBeta Dir. Frank Scheffer, The Netherlands 2009, 56 mins, DigiBeta Fri 6, 18:00, HOWARD In Search of the Messiah profiles the legendary Stradivari violins, their history, folklore and exquisite craftsmanship and the absurd situation now arising in which the world’s greatest instruments, inflated in price by auctioneering and prospecting by wealthy collectors, are no longer accessible to the world’s greatest players. French composer Edgar Varèse is a fascinating and influential figure, cited by artists as diverse as Frank Zappa and Pierre Boulez. This poetic documentary reveals his idiosyncratic career as a great modern composer and an early pioneer of electronic music. HIFI - HiFi Club UNI - University of Leeds

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In the Shadow of Dr Mabuse - the Daughters of Norbert Jacques UK Premiere (Im Schatten des Dr Mabuse - Die Toechter von Norbert Jacques) Dir. Renata Grünenfelder, Switzerland, 2008, 52 mins, German, ST, DigiBeta Fri 6, 17:00, CARR2 ¦ Sat 7, 15:30, CARR2 Fritz Lang’s film Dr Mabuse was based on the character created by author Norbert Jacques. This sensitive and utterly fascinating documentary is about his two daughters – Bibiane interviewing her 90 year-old half sister Aurikel. From living a privileged life to struggling to escape the concentration camps (her Jewish mother being disowned by her father), and the personal tragedies she experienced along the way, the utterly beautiful and charismatic Aurikel shares a powerful and personal account which is as relevant today as ever.

Introspective Dir. Aram Garriga, Spain, 2007, 70 mins, Digibeta Thu 5, 18:00, HIFI A spellbinding music documentary exploring ‘post-rock’, the term coined by the influential Wire magazine to describe a diverse set of groundbreaking artists who emerged in the 1990s, hitherto defying all categorization. Featuring great live footage of bands like Mogwai, Tortoise, Low and Mouse on Mars and interviews with underground music icons like Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Ira Kaplan of Yo la Tengo and Jason Pierce of Spiritualized, Introspective creates a fascinating overview of alternative music in the last 20 years.

Jumbo Night: I Need That Record! Dir. Brendan Toller, USA 2009, 77 mins, DigiBeta FREE ¦ Sun 15, 20:00, NATION The Film Festival and Jumbo Records present I Need That Record, an irresistible documentary for record lovers everywhere. Part celebration, part lament, the film faces the myriad threats against the indie record shop’s survival from corporate record labels to the digital revolution. Featuring Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Ian Mackaye of Fugazi, activist/author Noam Chomsky, Mike Watt of the Minutemen and many US indie record stores. Jumbo Records will provide a stall for the evening and DJs at the festival bar.

Kimjongilia UK Premiere Dir. N.C. Heikin, France, USA / South Korea, 2009, 75 mins, Korean, ST, Digibeta or Beta SP Sat 7, 19:30, CARR2 ¦ Sat 14, 19:30, CARR2 Kimjongilia, the flower of Kim Jong Il, is the first film to fully expose the humanitarian disaster in North Korea through a tapestry of defectors’ stories, North Korean propaganda, and original performance. Featuring first person narratives of hair-raising escapes, refugees are from every walk of life, from child concentration camp inmates to an elite concert pianist. Their stories speak of body-and-soul killing repression and a country so far off the rails it defies belief, but their endurance is inspiring and gives hope for the future.

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Kites (Latawce) UK Premiere Dir. Beata Dzianowicz, Poland, 2008, 80 mins, Dari, ST, DigiBeta Sun 8, 14:30, CARR2 A fresh perspective on daily life in Afghanistan comes from the camera lenses of a group of teenage filmmakers. Polish director Jacek Szaranski mentors a class of Kabul Art School students to make a series of films about life in their city: ‘I don’t understand what 35 years of war means. And for you guys it’s the other way round. We should exchange experience’. Training cameras on local workers, street children and the ubiquitous kites that fly from the hills overlooking Kabul, the results are unforgettable.

Kuchar Cult Film Night: It Came from Kuchar, Cocktail Crooners and Sins of the Fleshapoids, presented by Cory McAbee Dir. Jennifer M. Croot, USA, 2009, 150 mins, DigiBeta Thu 12, 18:30, HIFI Long before YouTube, there were the outrageous, no-budget movies of filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar. In the 50s, aged 12, they became obsessed with Hollywood melodramas and began making their own with their aunt’s 8mm camera. Godfathers of the 60s underground scene, they still make and teach films to this day. This fantastic documentary features admirers including John Waters, Guy Maddin and Cory McAbee who will present the film alongside shorts Cocktail Crooners and the classic Sins of the Fleshapoids.

LAST Leeds: Human Trafficking Film Event UK / Belgium, 90 mins approx., DV FREE ¦ Wed 11, 20:30, CARR3 The Leeds Anti-Sex Trafficking Network (LAST) seeks to highlight the realities faced by trafficked women worldwide and empower individuals and groups to take action against trafficking in their local communities. As part of the Leeds International Film Festival, LAST will present a range of films on the issue of human trafficking, (details to be posted on the website shortly), including the innovative ‘10 Minutes’ - a chilling narrative of one women’s trafficking experience set to a series of provocative images. The evening will conclude with a short talk by LAST + Q & A. For more information on LAST activities, please contact lastleeds@googlemail.com

The Leeds Summat FREE ¦ Sat 21, 12:00, UNI The Leeds Summat is a free, all-day gathering for hundreds of people to address the big issues of our time, local and global. The Summat will include screenings of a new local documentary Ripples Out about regeneration, poverty and change in south Leeds (part of the In One City film series). Screening with recent hit environmental doc The Age of Stupid and a range of other enlightening and informative peace and justice films. Book your free place for these screenings at www.summat.org. Cooked up by Together for Peace (www.t4p.org.uk) and friends.

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Letter to a Child (Otroci) UK Premiere Dir. Vlado Skafar, Slovenia, 2008, 100 mins, Slovenian, ST, DigiBeta Sat 7, 13:00, CARR2 ¦ Tue 10, 13:00, CARR2 Only what we feel in our heart is the truth. Letter to a Child combines intimate conversations with perfect strangers and personal letters contemplating bits and pieces of life, collected and addressed to a child. In a series of guided monologues, people - from kindergarten children to the vintage ages - are contemplating and re-living their lives. When they forget about the camera and turn their eyes inside, the film starts. They are alone with themselves in front of us and then we are alone with ourselves, with our life, long passed, very present.

The Man Who Bottled Clouds (O Homem que Engarrafava Nuvens) Dir. Lirio Ferreira, Brazil, 2008, 110 mins, Portuguese, ST, DigiBeta Thu 5, 19:30, HIFI A brilliant distillation of the history of Brazilian popular music through the life and work of songwriter, lawyer, and congressman Humberto Teixeira, aka the Baião Doctor. The film captures the feel of Brazilian life in the 1940s with musical performances, archive footage, and lively reminiscences, including those influenced most by Teixera, the luminaries of the Tropicalia movement Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil to contemporary stars like Bebel Gilberto and David Byrne of Talking Heads and the Luaka Bop record label.

Mother Joan of Angels (Matka Joanna od aniolów) Dir. Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Poland, 1961, 102 mins, Polish, ST, DV Fri 6, 20:30, HOWARD An underground Polish classic, Mother Joan of Angels is an adaptation of the same story that inspired Ken Russell’s The Devils, although stylistically it could hardly be more different. Loudon, France. 1634. A young priest is summoned to perform an exorcism in a Ursuline convent where all the nuns are supposedly possessed by demons and evil spirits. Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s film is spare and beautifully composed visually, patiently unfolding a profoundly disturbing exploration of faith, repression, fanaticism, and eros.

Nation of Shopkeepers Film Quiz £5.00 per team ¦ Tue 10, 20:00, NATION The usual weekly Nation of Shopkeepers music quiz is giving way for the first Leeds Film Quiz. It’s a fun few hours where everyone can come and get involved whatever your knowledge of cinema. There's some great prizes up for grabs too: DVD's, Film Tickets, a £30 bar tab for Nation of Shopkeepers and other lovely bits and pieces. To register please rsvp ash@theironwagon.co.uk, entry fee is £5.00 per team, maximum of four people per team, entry fee to be paid on the night. Please register soon as there are limited spaces.

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Natural Born Star UK Premiere Dir. Even Benestad, Norway, 2007, 75 mins, Norwegian, ST, DigiBeta Fri 13, 20:30, CARR2 Absolutely compelling viewing. Fred Robsahm is a life-ravaged man living alone in his hometown in Norway who in the ‘60s was a beautiful blonde Norwegian actor living the glamorous film star life and appearing in Barbarella (as the angel), Black Killer and Sepolta Viva. Everything was peachy. But one fateful journey led to a grotesque change in fortunes, altering his life forever. This cinematographic documentary gradually pieces together Fred’s incredible story, including wonderful retro clips from the films he starred in.

Nick Cave: Do You Love Me Like I Love You? Dirs.Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, UK, 2009, 100 mins approx, DV Sat 7, 20:30, HOWARD ¦ Sun 8, 19:00, 7 The latest in a series of documentaries accompanying the reissue of Nick Cave’s astonishing back catalogue. Featuring interviews with a range of collaborators, famous fans and the Bad Seeds themselves, who ruminate direct to camera on the incredible power of the lyrics and music of a modern master. The latest profiles Tender Prey from 1988, arguably the best Cave album of all. Screening with videos from the last album, Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! and short film excerpts of Cave reading from his new novel, The Death of Bunny Munro.

Oblivion (El Olvido) UK Premiere Dir. Heddy Honigmann, The Netherlands, 2008, 93 mins, Spanish, ST, DigiBeta Sat 7, 17:30, CARR2 A fresh and inventive documentary about the city of Lima, Peru by Dutch filmmaker Heddy Honigmann. The film opens with a veteran bartender mixing a ‘Pisco Sour’ the national cocktail, ‘in my 50 years as a bartender, I’ve made it for many presidents… I see history as a badly mixed cocktail made of semi-democratic elections, coups, terrorism and corruption.’ The film then follows the families of street performers who do cartwheels in front of cars at intersections for a few pennies. Between them they assemble an intimate portrait a troubled city.

Oil City Confidential + Julien Temple Q&A Dir. Julien Temple, UK, 2009, 104 mins, HDCam Sun 8, 20:00, CARR1 Julien Temple, director of the classic punk documentary The Filth and the Fury, presents Oil City Confidential, a kind of prequel telling the story of Dr Feelgood - four men in cheap suits who crashed out of Canvey Island in the early '70s and sandpapered the face of rock 'n' roll. Having taken London by storm, they sped through Europe and chart success before imploding just as punk was born. Featuring great clips from British film noir, a psycho-geography of Canvey Island and Feelgood testimony from members of The Clash, Blondie and The Sex Pistols.

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The Old Romantic Killer Band: Exploitation Soundtrack Gig FREE ¦ Mon 16, 20:00, NATION Harry Johns and Greg Holland are better known around the UK as The Old Romantic Killer Band, the heavy blues two piece who make The Black Keys sound like Floella Benjamin playing the recorder. Their inspiration comes from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Black Flag amongst others, but tonight they'll be digging in the crates to bring you music and songs taken from and inspired by exploitation films from Cannibal films and Blaxploitation to Zombie films and Mondo. It’ll be a killer evening.

Permaculture Evening UK, 90 mins approx. DV FREE ¦ Tue 10, 18:00, CARR3 Come with Leeds Permaculture Network, on a tour of some of the most innovative sustainability projects around the world. Visit Jordanian deserts and Austrian mountains, American prairies and Manchester estates. An eclectic mix of You Tube amateur , DIY community films and 'made for TV' documentaries show how people are dramatically improving local environments and tackling global challenges. Each film will be introduced by a member of Leeds Permaculture, with discussion, stalls, demonstrations, books and some very inspiring films.

The Pilgrimage of Ti-Jean Dir. Philip Donnellan, UK, 1978, 45 mins, DV FREE ¦ Sat 14, 19:30, SEVEN The Pilgrimage of Ti-Jean is a real treat for lovers of traditional Irish music and the work of filmmaker, Philip Donnellan, whose The Irishmen proved so popular last year. A rare screening of a BBC Omnibus arts feature that tells the remarkable story of Jean Carignan, a French-Canadian taxi-driver and fiddler, whose pilgrimage to Ireland explores the origins of Sligo legend Michael Coleman’s remarkable musical signature. Donnellan is on great form, artfully directing a film about the fascinating dynamics of cultural migration and musical translation.

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae Dir. Stascha Bader, Switzerland / Canada / Jamaica, 2009, 98 mins, DV Fri 6,19:00, CARR2 A contagiously enthusiastic reunion of great Jamaican musicians, the creators of Rocksteady, a laidback and soulful musical style that was the direct predecessor of reggae. Featuring a cast of larger than life characters including Stranger Cole, Derrick Morgan, Ken Boothe, U Roy, Dawn Penn, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley. Together they recreate the lilting, elegant rhythms of late 60s Jamaica with note perfect renditions of rocksteady originals like ‘The Tide is High’, ‘No, No, No’ and ‘River of Babylon’.

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The Run Up: Bonafide Word on the Street featuring DJ Mike L and artist Fon UK / USA, 2009, 90 mins approx., DV Mon 9, 18:30, CARR2 followed by event at 20:30, NATION Leeds produced hip-hop publication Bonafide magazine presents an evening of street art and hip-hop culture. Featuring a selection of short films from the Upper Playground project The Run Up comprising an energetic, colourful and inspiring introduction to some of the leading urban artists from around the world including Parla, Swoon, Futura, Ron English and Cody Hudson. The screening takes place at the Carriageworks. Followed by a performance / battle piece that fuses music and art featuring renowned DMC turntablist Mike Land and illustrator/graffiti artist Fon at the Nation of Shopkeepers.

Salsa Night: Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa) Dir. Leon Gast, USA, 1972, 102 mins, English / Spanish, ST, DV £5.00 / £4.00 ¦ Fri 20, 19:00, WARDROBE Oscar winning director Leon ‘When We Were Kings’ Gast made a series of electrifying documentaries exploring the vibrant Latino Salsa music scene in 1970s New York. Our Latin Thing was filmed at a concert of the legendary Fania Allstars at Club Cheetah and also follows street life in El Barrio to the fantastic percussive groove of the urban Hispanic experience - NYC style. Screening in partnership with the Rumberos Salsa Night, filmgoers will get a reduced entry of £3 to the salsa dance class and club night from 9.30pm.

Sleepwalking Through the Mekong Dir. John Pirozzi, USA, 2007, 68 mins, Khmer / English, ST, DigiBeta Mon 9, 18:00, HIFI A joyful celebration of the power of music following LA band Dengue Fever on their recent journey to Cambodia. Inspired by the extraordinary Khmer music scene in the 60s and 70s which reinvented Western rock n' roll with a Khmer flavour, their odyssey is a homecoming for singer Chhom Nimol and a transformation for the rest of the band. They perform on Cambodian TV and in the slums, with master musicians and schoolchildren, bridging cultural divides and celebrating a resilient music that survived the horrors of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.

Some Voices and Time to Change Debate Dir. Simon Cellan Jones, UK, 2000, 101 mins, 35mm Tue 10, 18:00, CARR1 folowed by talk at 20:00, CARR3 Featuring a pre-Bond Daniel Craig in a stunning performance, Some Voices was a low key peak of British cinema at the turn of the millennium. Craig plays Ray, a man who hears voices, recently discharged from psychiatric hospital. He meets Laura (Kelly Macdonald), falls in love and begins to wonder whether his tablets are really necessary. Screening in conjunction with the Time to Change campaign, a national initiative challenging stigma around mental health issues in Britain. A panel discussion will take place after the film comprising people with personal experience of hearing voices and other experts in the field.

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Superheroes (Superhelden) UK Premiere Dir. Janek Romero, Germany, 2008, 65 mins, German, ST, DigiBeta Sun 8, 13:00, CARR2 ¦ Fri 13, 19:00, CARR2 Superheroes is an entertaining and subversive snapshot of creative activism, civil disobedience and economic injustice in urban Germany. Figures disguised as comic-book heroes rob delis and distribute their plunder to kindergartens; a student holding down three part-time jobs empties the rubbish bin from the bio-supermarket so she can give her children a proper meal. The film tells the story of these superheroes; the story of the precarious lives of middle-class youths, a story of conformity and resignation, and one of visions and spectacular deeds.

The Third Part of the Night Dir. Andrzej Żuławski, Poland, 1971, 102 mins, Polish, ST, DV Thu 5, 18:30, HOWARD

(Trzecia czesc nocy)

An underground classic and one of the greatest Polish films of the 1970s, The Third Part of the Night is the debut of Andrzej Żuławski, one of the true mavericks of European cinema. Set during the Nazi occupation of Lwow, it is no ordinary war film, combining nightmarish surrealist imagery with multilayered symbolism including bizarre factual scenarios, such as the resistance movement initiated in the University by volunteer ‘lice feeders’ taking part in a medical experiment to test cholera vaccines.

Throw Down Your Heart UK Premiere Dir. Sascha Paladino, USA, 2008, 97 mins, English / French / Bambara / Jola-Fonyi / Swahili, ST, DigiBeta Thu 5, 20:30, 7 ¦ Sun 8, 18:00, CARR1 American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck journeys to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the instrument and record an extraordinary series of collaborations with local musicians. It’s a boundary-breaking musical adventure that celebrates the incredibly rich and diverse musical traditions of a vast continent and includes encounters with leading African musicians such as Oumou Sangare, Djelimady Tounkara and Bassekou Kouyate, local villagers who play a twelve-foot xylophone and a blind thumb pianist.

Todd P Goes to Austin + DIY Gig UK Premiere Dir. Jason Buim, USA, 2009, 68 mins, DV FREE ¦ Thu 5, 20:00, NATION A cultural snapshot of America’s underground, DIY music scene with unforgettable performances by cult indie artists including Dan Deacon, Mika Miko, The Deathset and Matt and Kim. Todd P is a legendary DIY rock promoter from New York who goes on the road with his favourite bands and heads for Austin’s South by Southwest festival to put on a series of wild, free gigs that steal the spotlight from their commercial equivalents. Followed by a free gig featuring bands on the local DIY scene, organised by festival bar, the Nation of Shopkeepers.

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Trimpin: the Sound of Invention Dir. Peter Esmonde, USA, 2009, 79 mins, HDCam Fri 6, 21:00, CARR2 ¦ Sat 7, 18:30, HOWARD The Sound of Invention offers a rare chance to discover the extraordinary but publicity shy artist-inventor-engineercomposer, Trimpin. Internationally renowned in both artistic and musical realms for his genre defying sound sculptures and kinetic experiments across a dizzying variety of disciplines, Trimpin is a unique and maverick artist. The film tracks a multi-museum 25 year retrospective of his work including a live collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, a 60 foot tower of automatic electric guitars and a perpetual motion sculpture.

Turn it Loose Dir. Alastair Siddons, UK, 2009, 96 mins, HDCam Fri 6, 14:30, CARR1 ¦ Sat 7, 18:30, CARR1 Turn It Loose is a kinetic powerhouse of a documentary, taking you to the world breakdancing championships in Soweto, South Africa, 2007. Introducing the main b-boy contenders, Senegalese rookie Ben J, French-Algerian ex-champ Lilou, Taisuke from Japan, reigning champion Hong 10 from Korea, and determined contender Ronnie from Las Vegas, the film combines the human drama and fascinating back stories with the intensity and incredible visual spectacle of the dance itself, every dance-off jawdropping in its dexterity.

Video Love: VJs and Vamplers: the Beginnings of Live Cinema UK Premiere France, 2009, 60 mins approx. FREE ¦ Thu 12, 21:00, NATION An intoxicating amalgamation of French synth pop and live video samples. James June Schneider aka Matterlink, visual artist and director of 123 Whiteout (LIFF 2007) works video loops and sound samples while Parisian musician Elise Pierre aka Elmapi sings atop buoyant keyboard beats. The interplay between performers is extraordinary as the samples, music and images blend into a new kind of live cinema experience with video excerpts ‘played’ as if shots were notes.

Video Love: Live Cinema Workshop FREE ¦ Fri 13, 13:00, CARR2 Anyone who sees the Video Love performance by husband and wife artist / musicians James June Schneider aka ‘Matterlink’ and Elise Pierre aka ‘El Mapi’ at the Nation of Shopkeepers, will be fascinated by the opportunity to learn about their craft. They will be presenting a workshop on the video sampling or ‘vampling’ techniques they have nurtured to perfect a new kind of live cinema experience, sampling sequences of film and manipulating them in improvised performances, an innovative form with great potential for new kinds of filmic expression.

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Vintage Smalls: Rayon Rose £1.50 ¦ Sat 7, Noon, NATION ¦ Sat 14, Noon, NATION Rayon Rose presents probably the smallest and most beautiful cinema in England showing our selection of ‘Vintage Smalls’, curious short films from the 50s and 60s screened in a customised caravan. A nostalgic experience complete with our scrumptious fairy cakes served by a retro styled cinema usherette. We can be found at the Courtyard of Nation of Shopkeepers on 7th and 14th of November. Rayon Rose is three friends, Victoria, Alison and Ginny who through a mutual love of all things vintage, create retro art and events.

War and Love in Kabul (Mein Herz sieht die Welt Schwarz) UK Premiere Dir. Helga Reidemeister, Germany, 2009, 87 mins, Pashto (Afghan Persian), ST, DigiBeta Mon 9, 20:30, CARR2 ¦ Thu 12, 15:00, CARR2 Part sobering political documentary, part heartbreaking love story, War and Love in Kabul follows Hossein and Shaima, who have loved each other since childhood. Hossein is forced to fight in the war and a shell splinter leaves him paralyzed and Shaima is sold in marriage to a man 40 years her senior. This situation doesn’t prevent the two lovers from seeing each other even though this means going against their families’ rules. A tale of enduring love in an environment where war and want threaten compassion and humanity.

Yadig? Night feat Alan Lomax Films + Serious Sam Barrett and David Broad live Sun 8, 20:00, NATION Yadig? is a great Leeds based record label who put out records and live shows with a folk and roots flavour. Nation of Shopkeepers hosts a night of rare folk films and live music from label stars Serious Sam Barrett and David Broad, Yorkshire troubadours blending folk music styles from both sides of the Atlantic. Also including exclusive screenings of rare archive folk films from the Alan Lomax foundation featuring the great folklorist’s musical expeditions to Cajun country.

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Cherry Kino


Cherry Kino Introduction Cherry Kino is dedicated to curating and presenting ‘wondermental’ films – experimental films which fill you with, and make you, wonder. Despite the proliferation of mainstream cinema, wondermental films continue to be made – gorgeous, radical, poetic, challenging, political, artisanal and dreamlike films which are very hard to find being shown in the UK. The theme chosen for this year is ‘Revolting Bodies’, playing on the double meaning of ‘revolting’ – bodies can repulse and they can incite revolution, they are constantly (r)evolving. 3 Short Film Programmes present an array of vibrant, magnificent films: 1st – made without using a camera lens! Incredible but true. 2nd – showing bodies giving birth, making love, and inscribed with politics. 3rd – films to remind us that the earth’s core is molten lava, and the landscape is constantly revolting. Cherry Kino delights, provokes and astounds with a selection of fascinating wondermental features too. Gustav Deutsch’s inspired ‘FILM IST. a girl & a gun’ collages found footage from

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early cinema into a new and critical form, Peter Liechti’s compelling ‘The Sound of Insects – Record of a Mummy’ depicts a man’s journey towards self-mummification to attain spiritual depth, Kim Gok’s radical and disturbing ‘Exhausted’ is shot on Super 8 and looks at the troubling effect of factory industry on the body and spirit, Gary Tarn’s fascinating ‘Black Sun’ depicts the new vision discovered by a blinded artist, and Jennifer Reeves’ stunning handpainted ode to nature ‘When it Was Blue’. We’ll welcome Canadian artist filmmaker Alex MacKenzie to hand crank his handmade film ‘The Wooden Lightbox: A Secret Art of Seeing’ and to hold a brilliant workshop ‘Flashes of Light’ on making Rayograms on 16mm cine film, and finally, Cherry Kino presents two medium length avant-garde films from the 1920s by Germaine Dulac – ‘The Seashell and the Clergyman’ (considered to be the first Surrealist film) with live improvised music by LIFF regulars Inecto School, and ‘The Smiling Madame Beudet’ (considered the prototype of feminist cinema) with live improvised music by LIMA. Wow.

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Black Sun Dir. Gary Tarn, UK, 2005, 70 mins, DV Tue 10, 19:30, CARR2 ‘Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others’ – Jonathan Swift. In 1978, French artist and filmmaker Hugues de Montalembert was blinded in a violent acid attack while living in New York. This extraordinary film is a portrait of his incredible reaction to such a traumatic event – within a few months he was travelling alone in Indonesia, refusing to be a victim to sightlessness and embracing his new perceptions and awareness. This magnificent film presents the world from the perspective of de Montalembert with an exquisite and radical originality.

Cherry Kino Shorts 1: Corpo Reality (Revolting Bodies) Tue 10, 17:30, CARR2 The experimental films chosen for this programme do not shy away from showing the body – on the contrary! The body is a site for resistance; a way of being both ‘revolting’ and ‘revolutionary’. Expect to see an ecstatic birth, macro close ups of bodies, costumes that live and breathe, and some upbeat comedy blended with serious and thought provoking footage. Mixing older 16mm films (Gunvor Nelson) with contemporary film and video (Sam Rebello, Lucy Parker, Derek Woolfenden), the experience will be full of powerful emotions and ideas.

Cherry Kino Shorts 2: Lava Land (Revolting Bodies) Thu 12, 19:00, CARR2 Despite the commercialism of mainstream cinema, people continue to create the most wonderful, insightful, transcendental, unique, beautiful and critical films you could hope to discover, in the form of experimental film. Come and experience films which explore the land as a living and breathing form, morphing and moving within realms of tension and release. From an artistic document of a volcanic eruption, to a bipolar world where the invisible takes shape with the visible, and a concrete bunker gradually sinking into the sand…

Cherry Kino Shorts 3: Cameraless Films! (Revolting Bodies) Tue 17, 17:00, HYDE Did you know that you can make films without using a camera lens? This selection of sublime and mesmerising experimental films will amaze and confound all who see them. Destabilising the hierarchy of the ‘eye’ (lens) in the concept of ‘vision’ (cinema), these films show that vision can be about seeing with the whole body. Made using a variety of alchemical tools, ranging from pinhole techniques, hand exposing film, letting water ‘speak’, inking, bleaching, decaying the emulsion and growing crystals directly on the film strip.

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Exhausted (Gogal) UK Premiere Dir. Gok Kim, South Korea, 2008, 128 mins, Korean, ST, HDCam Sat 7, 14:15, HYDE Prepare to be stunned and possibly outraged (many have walked out) by the originality, brutality and sheer political force of this astounding debut feature. In an industrial wasteland where factories spew their waste into the sky, a dysfunctional couple eke out a hand to mouth existence, barely speaking, their bodies used like machines. Shot on grainy (and often scratched) Super 8, this is a savage film which will shock and provoke with some very difficult scenes, but it is without doubt a truly radical and powerful experience. A very special film.

FILM IST. a girl & a gun Dir. Gustav Deutsch, Austria, Germany, 2009, 93 mins, 35mm Fri 6, 20:00, HYDE A sheer delight for all lovers of early cinema, and what a pleasure to watch it in the decadent Hyde Park Picture House! This remarkable film, composed entirely of archive footage from the first four and a half decades of cinema, opens up Pandora’s glowing box to reveal the spirit of fairground attractions, fireworks, figures, forests, dunes and Eros. These stunning and telling archive images are beckoned to life once more to (critically) comment on cinema’s own mythology that all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun (Godard).

Flashes of Light: 16mm Rayogram workshop with Alex MacKenzie 180 mins £15.00 / £12.00 ¦ Fri 13, 13:00, East Street Arts A hands-on workshop where you’ll learn to make (and process) 16mm film with the Rayogram method. Named after Man Ray, they are made by transferring the shape of objects to film by placing them directly on the raw film stock and exposing it to light. This is a rare opportunity to learn a great low budget technique for making your own abstract films, and to meet an active member of the underground film scene. Note: Bring tiny objects with you! Participants gain free entry to The Wooden Lightbox screening.

The Seashell and the Clergyman + The Smiling Madame Beudet with LIVE music! Dir. Germaine Dulac, France, 1927, 40 mins, 35mm Dir. Germaine Dulac, France, 1922, 32 mins, 16mm Thu 19, 20:00, HYDE We’re delighted to present 2 films by one of the most important figures of early avant-garde cinema – Germaine Dulac. The Smiling Madame Beudet is regarded by many to be the prototype for feminist cinema, and portrays a strong woman trapped in an unhappy marriage. The Seashell and the Clergy-man is considered the first ever Surrealist film - Le Chien Andalou owes much to this exceptional fluid black and white reverie - and follows the erotic hallucinations of a lustful priest. Accompanied by live music from LIMA and Inecto School!

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The Sound of Insects - Record of a Mummy UK Premiere Dir. Peter Liechti, Switzerland, 2008, 87 mins, 35mm Tue 17, 19:00, HYDE The incredible story of how the mummified corpse of a 40year-old man was discovered by a hunter in one of the most remote parts of the country. The dead man’s detailed notes reveal that he actually committed suicide through self-imposed starvation only the summer before. Liechti’s film is a stunning rapprochement of a fictional text, which itself is based upon a true event: a cinematic manifesto for life, challenged by the main character's radical renunciation of life itself. Based on a novel by Shimada Masahiko, according to a true story.

When It Was Blue UK Premiere Dir. Jennifer Todd Reeves, USA, Iceland, 2008, 68 mins, DigiBeta Mon 9, 20:00, HIFI Oh wow! This outstanding feature-length experimental film transports you through the ravishing nature of Iceland, New Zealand, Canada and Central America. It is an ode to nature and 16mm film as they rapidly vanish, infused with both wonderment and anxiety. Reeves hand-painted the footage and made a double projection, creating delicious hues, textures and layers that resemble the (disappearing) natural world she filmed, set to an eerily beautiful soundtrack by Icelandic musician Skúli Sverrisson. A serious and astonishing work.

The Wooden Lightbox: A Secret Art of Seeing Dir. Alex MacKenzie, Canada, 2007-2009, 60 mins, 16mm Thu 12, 21:00, CARR2 Expanded cinema performed live with a hand-cranked and homemade 16mm projector, this is an exploration and reconfiguration of cinematic apparatus and emulsion with a striking array of entirely hand processed and contact printed film with handmade emulsion. The imagery is both archaic and contemporary - hypnosis, panorama, motion studies, expectation, magic, the dream world and sleight of eye conspire in this intimate and immersive framework. The film speed is varied manually and colour gels tone the black and white images.

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Short Film City Introduction Short films are the seeds of cinema, the world’s filmmaking talents grow through making them, and the first shoots of cinema itself were in their form. A fact known to very few filmgoers, the city of Leeds was the location for the first ever moving images, produced in 1888 by Louis le Prince who disappeared mysteriously three years later before he could patent his inventions. Leeds International Film Festival and its Short Film City section of unseen gems celebrate the achievement of the French pioneer through the Louis le Prince International Competition, this year presenting six programmes of outstanding visions from new and emerging talent.

Film City finale on Saturday 14th November, where all the award winners will be announced. Outside of the competitions, Short Film City 2009 presents three special selections that focus on short films from Romania, Poland, and Africa. The Romanian Retrospective, the biggest of its kind ever assembled in the UK, traces the short film origins of a new wave of powerful filmmaking that is gripping cinema audiences. A giant influence on Polish filmmaking since it opened in 1948, the famous National Film School of Łódź presents two programmes of acclaimed student work from the last few years. African cinema makes rare appearances at film festivals these days, so Short Film City is delighted to host two programmes of new short films from the continent, courtesy of the Signes de Nuit Film Festival in Paris.

Animation and experimental shorts have their own international competition programmes, always popular with audiences as they often reveal some of the Film Festival’s most striking discoveries. The best of British short film production is presented in two competitive programmes The Short Film City Pass is only £25, a great value this year and the fruits of the fertile filmmaking way to explore as much of the section as region of Yorkshire are selected for the Short possible.

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Animation Shorts, International Competition 1 Wed 11, 18:00, HYDE One of the regular annual favourites of the Film Festival is the International Animation Competition, this year presented in two selections on consecutive nights. The first programme explores the endless search for love, the uphill struggle against loneliness and traditional life. Varmints (UK) shows us a world of urbanization and indifference in which a small creature tries to preserve the beauty he once knew. In the Oscar-winning The House of Small Cubes (Japan), an old man lives in a house which is slowly submerged in sea water.

Animation Shorts, International Competition 2 Thu 12, 18:00, HYDE The second programme of one of the Film Festival’s annual highlights displays animation styles that deal with the senselessness and selfishness of our world. In a near future a man struggles in the efficient and controlled society of Fard (France). The appalling predicament of two children used as slaves by a government is the documentary subject of Slaves (Sweden). In the twisted world of Trickster (Germany), an involuntary clown is exposed to a reckless audience, dreaming of his lovely counterpart and finally finding his cruel archetype.

British Short Film Competition 1 Sat 14, 13:30, CARR1 Enjoy a double bill of great new British shorts in the lead up to the Short Film City finale, where all the awards will be announced including the winner of this competition. Highlights of the first programme include Curtains, the darkly comic tale of a worn out Punch and Judy man on the road to damnation directed by Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh. In contrast the delightful documentary The Trolley Man follows Ernest Smith as, single handed, he seeks out discarded shopping trolleys and returns them to their respective owners.

British Short Film Competition 2 Sat 14, 15:30, CARR1 Short Film City continues its journey around the British Isles in this second programme of gems. Highlights include Girl Like Me which follows troubled Lucy as she stumbles dangerously into an adult world she isn’t ready for. Believe is the achingly beautiful tale of a man’s inconsolable grief following the death of his wife and the poetic Kids Might Fly is an offbeat and touching portrait of young people in East London. All audience members can vote for their favourite film in the two British Short Film competition programmes.

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Experimental Shorts International Competition Thu 12, 16:30, CARR1 The filmmakers in the International Experimental Shorts Competition have the courage to challenge the audience and try to move the boundaries and limits of modern cinema. In Hanasaari A (Finland) the complex editing of half a million photos depicts the last two years of a coal power plant and the effect on the city landscape. Terminal (Germany) is a mechanical ballet where music and editing are in perfect synergy with the workflow of a container terminal. It took the Italian collective Blu three months of wall painting to create the stunning animation of Muto.

First Short Steps: Short Film City Filmmakers Event Sat 14, 11:00, CARR3 Before the big day of British short film programmes and the awards finale gets underway, join us for a panel event about the first stages of short film production. Film festivals around the world on average reject more than 90% of short films submitted to them for consideration. Filmmaking teams are investing significant financial and human resources in producing shorts but the majority of results are not getting shown. The First Short Steps panel will explore the most common mistakes made by short filmmakers.

Łódź Film School 1 Wed 11, 15:00, CARR2 Wajda, Munk, Polanski, Skolimowski and Kieslowski are among the many great Polish filmmakers trained at the worldrenowned National Film School of Łódź. Short Film City 2009 presents two programmes of the best shorts to have emerged from the school in the last few years. In the delicate drama Dragonflies, young Tola falls in love with the wrong guy. In The Refuge City, a difficult man finds his release valve in being a football hooligan. The abused Bartek finds a friend in an abandoned dog in A Man Thing.

Łódź Film School 2 Thu 12, 13:00, CARR2 The second programme of films from the National Film School of Łódź features light animations and profound dramas. The comic adventures of an exhibitionist fly are at the heart of the animated A Film with No Flies On. The reactions of the reserved and introspective Piotr to his wife’s near death characterise the visually stunning black and white Tristis. The unannounced visit of her father reveals all the fragilities of the apparently strong and independent Magda in Nice to See You.

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Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition Short Film City presents the 10th Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition, featuring six programmes of outstanding work from more than 25 nations. The Louis le Prince selections take audiences into the minds of the world’s new filmmaking talent as great comedies and poignant dramas share the billing with fascinating documentaries and amazing fantasy. Delights to be discovered in the six programmes include the hilarious Russian comedy Pal/Secam about the dawn of Perestrojka, teenage hormones, 80s Italo-disco music and a VCR. In the delicate Icelandic 2 Birds, the sweet lie of a boy to a girl turns a nightmare into an unforgettable memory. An incredible journey through Iranian mountains to get to a remote village is captured by the innovative documentary The Wooden Carpet.

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Poignant dramas, a hilarious Russian comedy and the 2009 Cannes Palme d’Or winner open this year’s International Short Film Competition.

The second programme includes the innovative documentary Nine Forgotten Songs and the poetic 2birds from Iceland.

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Featuring the stunning Iranian documentary The Wooden Carpet and the feel-good comedy from Sweden Good Advice.

Daily family problems, a difficult border to cross and the wishes of Santa Clause in this unpredictable fourth programme of international shorts.

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A brutal crime is reconstructed in Echo (Poland) and guidance on how to behave in a museum is the theme of the Silence (Latvia).

A 21st century high tech wedding, a trip in the Mecca of bullfighting and a very special dinner feature in the final programme.

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Romanian Retrospective The new cinema of Romania has stunned critics over the last ten years, collecting prizes and recognition from all over the world. Films like Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days have shown how the power of vivid and creative minds, without significant funding, can produce unforgettable cinema. Through its Romanian Retrospective, Short Film City 2009 marks this movement of young gifted directors with highlights of the recent history of short filmmaking in Romania. The programmes include the incredible activity of the Sahia Film Studio during the Ceausescu dictatorship, the talent emerging in the 90s, and a double programme dedicated to the new ‘enfants terribiles’ of Romanian Cinema. Don’t miss the brilliant companion programme Tales from the Golden Age.

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The best shorts of recent years from the most important new Romanian talents. Includes the multi prize winners Waves and The Tube with a Hat.

The last highlights of this retrospective, 6 stunning dramas including the exquisite 2008 Berlinale Golden Bear winner A Good Day on the Beach.

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Two outstanding medium length films from Romania, Liviu’s Dream by Corneliu Porumboiu and Marilena from P7 by Christian Nemescu.

An incredible selection of rare documentary gems of the Sahia Film Studio, the state production studio during Ceausescu’s dictatorship.

Romanian Retrospective: The First Generation of New Romanian Cinema Fri 13, 17:00, CARR2 The first steps of the filmmakers who have won all the leading prizes in Europe and established their reputation.

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Northern Film School Showcase 2009 Wed 11, 13:30, CARR1 In this free event discover the latest work from the students of the Northern Film School in Leeds, one of the UK’s leading centres for training in film and moving image production and in screenwriting. In Sunday Morning, guilt and desire combine in Brendan’s twisted rites of passage. Old timers seek a great escape in Retirement Job, and the characters of Two Children are worlds apart, yet somehow connected. For anyone who wants to make films and go to a film school, this is a great chance to find out more.

Short Film City Opening Gala with Leeds Archive Gems Tue 10, 20:15, CARR1 The launch of Short Film City 2009 is the chance to be the first to experience some of the upcoming highlights of this year’s programme, including award-winning international fiction, cracking animation, and British discoveries. As the place of Leeds in film history is secured thanks to the work of Louis le Prince in 1888, the Opening Gala always includes a programme of fascinating archive film of the city. Curated by the Yorkshire Film Archive, this year’s historic treasures include quirky shorts from the Leeds Cine Club and forgotten city sights.

Short Film City Opening Party: The Short Films of David Lynch FREE ¦ Tue 10, 22:30, NATION After the Opening Gala at The Carriageworks, join us at the Nation of Shopkeepers for a free event to celebrate the start of Short Film City 2009 in the company of the mind of David Lynch. Best known for his feature films, Lynch’s rarely seen shorts are uniquely fascinating, disturbing and often hilarious. The selection, featuring video intros from the director, includes The Amputee, about an amputee attempting to write a letter, his eerie student animation film The Alphabet, and the terrific Out Yonder – Neighbour Boy from davidlynch.com.

Signes de Nuit presents: Africa in Shorts 1 Wed 11, 18:45, CARR2 A rare opportunity to discover recent short films from Africa in two programmes specially curated for Short Film City 2009 by the Signes de Nuit Film Festival in Paris. Le Cri de la Mer (Sénégal) follows the struggle of a mother Yaye Bayam Diouf, who lost her only son on a boat bound for the Canary Islands. In Aicha (Nigeria), a man in an African city meets a woman who returns from the dead for one night to haunt the living. At the Middle of the Earth, Wells and Men (Niger), shows the trials of communities who have to fight against the sand to reach water.

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Signes de Nuit presents: Africa in Shorts 2 Thu 12, 17:00, CARR2 The second programme of rarely seen shorts from Africa presented by the Signes de Nuit Film Festival. In Tout à Refaire (Mali), Mamad is arrested on the night of his 18th birthday party and forced to leave France. The main character in Ra, la Réparatrice (Mali), a 25 year-old woman living in Bamako who repairs generators and trains young men is awaiting her wedding day. In Surtout, souriez! (Above all, Smile!) from Sénégal, the director meets her Maimouna at Dakar bus station and uses the camera to reveal her spontaneous personality.

Tales from the Golden Age Wed 11, 20:30, CARR2 ¦ Thu 12, 14:00, CARR1 Often hilarious and always captivating, Tales from the Golden Age is an outstanding and highly enjoyable omnibus film by five Romanian directors from scripts by Christian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days). Each tale, told with affection as much as irony, takes on an urban myth that flourished during the repressive regime of dictator Nicolai Ceausescu, the socalled ‘Golden Age’ of Romanian history. Ill-fated efforts to entertain visiting officials, doctor a photograph and discreetly murder a pig are among the absurd trials of Communist control.

Yorkshire Short Film Competition + Short Film City Awards in association with City College Sat 14, 18:00, CARR1 The big finale of Short Film City 2009 features the full Yorkshire Short Film Competition and the announcement of the jury awards for all of this year’s competitions. The films in the running for the Best Yorkshire Film Award include Vigilante which follows the activities of a renegade member of a small village’s neighbourhood watch scheme. Dogs is a harrowing adaptation of a short story by Hanif Kureishi and the award winning short Enough explores the heartbreaking consequences of youth violence and in contrast the darkly satirical mockumentary Vigilante follows the activities of a renegade member of a small village’s neighbourhood watch scheme.

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Fanomenon Introduction For 10 years Fanomenon has been a favourite part of Leeds International Film Festival for thousands of filmgoers. Fanomenon is a unique combination of great fantasy cinema experiences, both light and dark, that cannot be found together anywhere else on the planet. American science fiction, Japanese anime, Korean mainstream comedy, French extreme horror, Swedish thrillers, British zombie flicks – Fanomenon is full of the most wanted films of the year.

hour romantic action comedy (Love Exposure).

Genre filmmaking is thriving worldwide and the horror form is experiencing an exceptional new period of gross creativity. This year’s line-ups for Fanomenon’s Night of the Dead, naturally on Friday 13th November, and Day of the Dead are the best, most horrifying ever. Day of the Dead takes over Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 7th November, kicking off with the World Premiere of British supernatural thriller Beacon 77 and In 2009 Fanomenon enters a new era with bigger climaxing with the amazing blood drenched events including Thought Bubble, a dedicated zombie gorefest The Horde from France. website (fanomenonleeds.com), an expanded programme of worldwide marvels, and an The Silver Méliès competition for European opening world premiere (5150 Elms Way). A big fantasy cinema (melies.org) returns to Leeds part of the annual Fanomenon experience, Far with a superb line-up including psychological Eastern cinema is unmatched in its incredible thriller Millennium: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo riot of invention. This year’s selection includes (Sweden), ultra low budget zombie film cult crackers (Chaw, Two in Tracksuits), bold Colin and contemporary horror Heartless, both action films (A Frozen Flower, Searching for the from the UK. Other entries include the sublime Elephant), hit comedies (Crush and Blush, My vampire film Sodium Babies (France) and mind Girlfriend is an Agent), breathtaking animations blowing Dutch horror Human Centipede (First (Summer Wars, Angel’s Egg, and Miyazaki’s Sequence). The winning film goes forward to Ponyo on the Cliff), and an unbelievable four compete for the Golden Méliès in 2010.

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Programme Fanomenon Silver Méliès Features Competition Beacon 77 Colin Heartless Hidden Horde, The Human Centipede (First Sequence) Millennium: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Sodium Babies

Silver Méliès Shorts Competition Déjà Else Full Employment In Chambers Konvex T Lazarus Taxon Pathos Zombies and Cigarettes

Fanomenon Features 5150 Elms Way Angel's Egg Blair Witch Project, The Chaw Coffin Rock Crush and Blush Doctor S Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie First Squad: The Moment of Truth Frozen Flower, A Invitation Only Love Exposure Macabre My Girlfriend is an Agent Norwegian Woods Pontypool Ponyo Revenant, The Searching for the Elephant Seventh Moon Stingray Sam Summer Wars Two in Tracksuits, The Underdog Knight, The Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl

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5150 Elms Way (5150 Rue des Ormes) World Premiere Dir. Éric Tessier, Canada, 2009, 100 mins, French, ST, 35mm Fri 6, 20:30, TOWN HALL A stunning opening film for Fanomenon, this French Canadian shocker will disturb and terrify you. When film student Yannick falls off his bike and goes to 5150 Elms Way for help, he gets more than he bargained for. Locked up by religious psychopath Jacques Beaulieu, he is beaten, tortured and driven to the edge of madness before he is offered a way out: beat Beaulieu at chess and he can go free. It sounds simple but Beaulieu has never lost a game and believes it is because of God’s will. Now a pawn in a game of life and death, Yan must win or lose his mind...and his life.

Angel's Egg (Tenshi no Tamago) Dir. Mamoru Oshii, Japan, 1985, 71mins, Japanese, ST, 35mm Thu 19, 18:00, HYDE ¦ Fri 20, 14:00, HYDE Unseen in Europe for over 20 years, Angel’s Egg is a hauntingly beautiful animation with a heartbreaking story, a forgotten masterpiece from Japanese anime legend Mamoru Oshii. Mystical, minimal, and musically mesmerising, Angel’s Egg is like nothing else in animation, with the stunning video game ICO its closest relation. In the shadows of a vast abandoned city a mysterious girl protects a giant precious egg. She meets a lone soldier and they share occult secrets. Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D artist Yoshitaka Amano designed the characters.

Beacon 77 World Premiere Dir. Brad Watson, UK, 2009, 95 mins, DigiBeta Sat 7, 12:00, TOWN HALL (Day of the Dead) In a run down London apartment block, Beacon 77, three computer hackers are attempting to break into the world’s most complex and secure mainframe to try and unlock the answers to the most mysterious code ever discovered. When the student of one of the hackers turns up unexpectedly with her friend in tow, a series of seemingly insignificant events fall into place to unlock a supernatural force with murderous intent. Is it by chance this group have been thrown together or is there more to this web of manipulation, paranoia and murder?

The Blair Witch Project Dirs. Daniel Myrick / Eduardo Sánchez, USA, 1999, 86 mins, 35mm Fri 13, 20:00, HYDE A modern horror classic that needs no introduction. The Film Festival is delighted to present a special 10th anniversary screening of one of the most influential horror films ever made. If you've never seen it on the big screen here's your chance to experience this incredibly terrifying and nerve jangling story of three student filmmakers who disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary about the legend of the Blair Witch. Producer, Robin Cowie, will present the rare print used for the film’s international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Chaw UK Premiere Dir. Jeong-won Shin, South Korea, 2009, 121 mins, Korean, ST, 35mm Sat 14, 21:00, HYDE ¦ Mon 16, 18:00, HYDE The future of a small town is threatened by the appearance of a preying beast. But this is not Jaws, this is Korean black comedy horror Chaw, and the beast is a pig, a giant hammy man-eating boar. Golf course development has caused the beast to abandon its mountainside habitat and stalk a town famed for being crimeless. As rumours of the first attacks circulate, the town collapses into chaos and the legendary Hunter Baek arrives to light the barbeque. Packed with as many great frights as laughs, Chaw is a crowd pleasing delight.

Coffin Rock Dir. Rupert Glasson, Australia / UK, 2009, 92 mins, 35mm Fri 13, 18:00, HYDE ¦ Tue 17, 21:00, HYDE Aussie thrillers don’t get much better than this! From the producers of Wolf Creek comes this superbly effective thriller full of suspense, shocks and twists. If you liked Noise (LIFF 2007) and Black Ice (LIFF 2008) then you’ll love this! Happily married Jess and Rob can’t conceive a child, so Jess drunkenly takes matters into her own hands with Evan, a young and quirky Irish traveller who turns up at Coffin Rock looking for work. As Evan becomes increasingly obsessive she quickly realises her mistake, but this knowledge comes too late - as Jess and Rob discover to their horror when their safe little world starts to fall apart around them.

Colin Dir. Marc Price, UK, 2008, 97 mins, DigiBeta Fri 6, 22:00, HYDE Marc Price’s zombie film has already wowed audiences at Cannes and proves that you don’t need expensive equipment, a famous cast or even a film crew to make a successful movie. What you DO need is a great script, a lot of enthusiasm and £50 (for sandwiches and a crowbar). Following a zombie outbreak that sees our eponymous hero become a member of the undead, Colin tells the story of a world going to hell from the zombie’s point of view. Director Marc Price will attend the screening and if you want to hear a live commentary about the making of the film, don’t miss the Fanomenon Filmmakers Day.

Crush and Blush (Misseu Hongdangmu) UK Premiere Dir. Kyoung-mi Lee, South Korea, 2008, 101 mins, Korean, ST, 35mm Mon 16, 20:30, VUE2 ¦ Wed 18, 18:00, VUE2 ¦ Thu 19, 16:00, VUE2 In this oddball black comedy co-written and produced by Old Boy director Park Chan-wook, a 29 year old woman with a chronic blushing condition can’t avoid painful embarrassment and humiliation. A really unpopular teacher, plain Mi-sook, has had a crush on Mr Seo for ten years and is mortified to uncover his affair with Ms Lee, the beauty queen favourite. Mi-sook allies with Mr Seo’s daughter to make him break up with Ms Lee, but things soon go from bad to bright red. Park and fellow Korean cinema legend Bong Joon-ho cameo. HIFI - HiFi Club UNI - University of Leeds

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Doctor S Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie European Premiere Dir. Bryan Ortiz, USA, 2008, 80 mins, DigiBeta Sat 7, 23:30, HYDE ¦ Thu 12, Midnight, HYDE Saved from boyfriend Billy’s reefer fuelled advances on Make Out Hill by the perfectly chiselled Dr. S, all American sweetheart Mary Jane’s beloved town is now under attack and the undead are multiplying. Can she save her Mom and Dad before it's too late? What secrets does Dr S hide? And why is the zombie on the front lawn devouring a cat? Join our clean cut, pancake-loving heroes for the answers to these questions as they struggle through hordes of zombies, powered by brains that will not die!

Fanomenon Filmmakers’ Day £10.00 ¦ Fri 13, 13:00 - 17:30, HYDE For anyone who wants to make their own independent genre film or low budget feature, the first Fanomenon Filmmakers Day is a must. Mark Price, director of British horror success Colin, presents a live commentary with his debut revealing how he blagged it all for just £45. American independent filmmaking star Cory McAbee explains how and why he made his latest acclaimed cult sci-fi Stingray Sam on a mobile. Both are joined by Blair Witch producer Robin Cowie for a finale panel to explore their experiences and more. Runs 1pm to 5.30pm, tickets £10.

Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage) Dir. René Laloux, France / Czechoslovakia, 1973, 72 mins, French, ST, DV Fri 6, 18:30, CARR1 René Laloux’s mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi allegory is a landmark of European animation. The film prefigures much of the work of Hayao Miyazaki in its blending of fantastical storytelling, beautiful artwork, political and social concerns. ‘Oms’ are human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called ‘Draags’. The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where Terr manages to escape enslavement to organise an Om revolt. Screening with René Laloux’s short film Les Escargots (France, 1965, 10 mins)

First Squad: The Moment of Truth (Faasuto Sukuwaddo) UK Premiere Dir. Yoshiharu Ashino, Russia / Japan / Canada, 2009, 73 mins, Russian / Japanese / German, ST, 35mm Fri 6, 13:00, VUE2 ¦ Fri 6, 18:00, VUE2 The powers of anime maestros Studio 4C and music wizard DJ Crush are summoned for a momentous tale of an elite teenage fighting squad and demonic terror in World War II. As Germany attacks deeper into Russia in 1942, an SS occult order is set to unleash the destruction of phantom knight Baron von Wolff. The Russians prepare to counter the Baron with miracle teenager Nadya who can foresee critical moments in battles and change the course of history. First she must reunite with her friends from the beyond, the pioneers of the First Squad.

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A Frozen Flower (Ssang-hwa-jeom) UK Premiere Dir. Ha Yu, South Korea, 2008, 133 mins, Korean, ST, 35mm Sun 8, 15:30, VUE2 A king’s court is torn apart by dynasty-threatening passions in A Frozen Flower, a bold Korean action spectacle, violent and sexually explicit, in which love and lust are thwarted by brutal power and revenge. Set a thousand years ago amid the turmoil of the Korean Koryo era, the king is in love with Hong Lim, the leader of his elite force of bodyguards. Facing a coup and without a successor, the king persuades Hong to produce an heir with the new queen whom he cannot love, but causes devastating consequences beyond his control. Magnificent production design frames the fury of the story.

Gandahar Dir. René Laloux, France /, North Korea, 1988, 83 mins, French, ST, DV Fri 6, 16:30, CARR1 René Laloux’s last haunting animation is adapted from an Isaac Asimov story and was a huge hit in France. Taking in genetic experiments and the importance of organic farming, it resonates today more than ever. Life in the idyllic paradise of Gandahar seems peaceful until the Mirror Birds report that villagers have been turned to stone. Sylvain is appointed to investigate and uncovers a deformed underground race and an oversized motherbrain, both the result of botched genetic experiments. Screening with La prisonnière (France, 1988, 7 mins)

Heartless Dir. Philip Ridley, UK, 2009, 90 mins, DigiBeta Sat 7, 18:30, TOWN HALL (Day of the Dead) Jamie has issues. His loving dad died when he was little, the heart-shaped birthmark on his face has kept him lonely, single and a source of ridicule all his life, and now he is seeing murderous demons on the streets of East London. With his world unravelling Jamie doesn’t know who to turn to or who to trust. Then the charismatic but malevolent Papa B promises to help him make sense of it all but at what cost? Can Jamie find redemption or is he damned forever? Philip Ridley’s dark, haunting masterpiece is an intelligent contemporary horror film that taps into the current climate of fear pervading modern society.

Hidden (Skjult) Dir. Pål Øie, Norway, 2009, 96 mins, Norwegian, ST, 35mm Sun 8, 13:00, HYDE A shocking and unexpected childhood event changes the life of Kai Koss forever, 19 years later he returns to the scene and the town where he grew up to inherit his dead mother's house following her recent death. It is here, in the centre of a dense and lonely forest in the run down, creaky house that Koss is forced to face his own identity and the horrifying memories buried in his past. The suspense is tangible and crawls under your skin from the very beginning Hidden is a chilling and haunting experience.

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The Horde (La Horde) North of England Premiere Dir. Yannick Dahan / Benjamin Rocher, France, 2009, 90 mins, French, ST, DigiBeta Sat 7, 21:00, TOWN HALL (Day of the Dead) We are incredibly excited to get this exclusive screening of one of the most talked about zombie horror films of the year. Once again the French prove that they are at the forefront of cutting edge horror with this blood-drenched undead rollercoaster ride that will have you gasping for breath at its sheer frenetic pace! When an undercover team of cops storm a Parisian highrise block to kill some gangsters they are forced into an uneasy alliance as a deadly zombie outbreak traps them on the top floor. And these aren’t your cuddly shambling zombies either...

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) Dir. Tom Six, Netherlands, 2009, 90 mins, German, ST, HDCam Fri 6, Midnight, HYDE ¦ Sun 8, 18:00, HYDE Siamese twin specialist Dr. Josef Heiter has a dream. A twisted demented dream for the evolution of mankind which involves some very unpleasant, immoral (and definitely illegal) surgery, to form a human centipede. Kidnapping three tourists he starts to put his diabolical plan into action, preparing their bodies and matching tissue to create his first triple creature. From the warped mind of Dutch artist Tom Six comes a bizarre body horror that surpasses anything by Cronenberg or Tsukamoto. You have NEVER seen anything like this before.

Invitation Only (Jue ming pai dui) UK Premiere Dir. Kevin Ko, Taiwan, 2009, 95 mins, English / Mandarin / Taiwanese, ST, 35mm Sat 14, 04:00, HYDE (Night of the Dead) ¦ Sun 15, 14:00, HYDE A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits five young men and women when each of them is given an invitation to a very exclusive party for the super rich and famous at a mansion outside town. Once there they are treated like rock stars where even their deepest desires materialise before their eyes. But we all know you don't get something for nothing and things take a very sinister turn when a twisted and sick party game is revealed and our newly acquainted friends find themselves at the centre of a desperate and bloody fight for survival.

Les Maitres du Temps (Time Masters) Dir. René Laloux, France / Switzerland / West Germany, 1982, 78 mins, French, ST, DV Sat 7, 14:30, CARR1 René Laloux followed his classic Fantastic Planet with another strange and sophisticated sci-fi animation, the rarely screened Les Maîtres du Temps, working alongside the legendary sequential artist, Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud. 7-yearold Piel is the sole companion of his father on an exploration of the planet Perdide. Following an attack by a swarm of space hornets, Dad knows he won't survive, so sends his son into an alien forest with an egg-shaped communication device. Screening with Comment Wang-Fo fut sauvé (France, 1987, 15 mins)

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Love Exposure (Ai No Mukidashi) Dir. Shion Sono, Japan, 2008, 237 mins, Japanese, ST, DigiBeta Sat 14, 14:30, HYDE ¦ Tue 17, 18:30, VUE1 An extraordinary cult sensation from Japan, giddily hailed as an epic indie masterpiece by some, Love Exposure for most will be an unforgettable half day experience in a cinema, worth every one of its 237 minutes. From the director of past Fanomenon hits Suicide Club and Exte – Hair Extensions, Love Exposure is a hilarious, outrageous and yes, ultimately moving, romantic action comedy about the descent of innocent high-school student Yu into sin and his obsession with manresistant Yoko. You will never hear Ravel’s Bolero in the same way again.

Macabre (Darah) Dirs. Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto, Indonesia / Singapore, 2009, 95 mins, Indonesian, ST, 35mm Fri 13, 22:00, HYDE ¦ Sun 15, 21:00, HYDE Every once in a while a horror film comes along and grabs you by the scruff of the neck and doesn't let you go until the end credits roll. The Evil Dead films, Braindead and more recently [REC], all fall into this category and now Macabre, a brilliant, fast paced and blood splattered horror, has the honour of joining this exclusive set. A group of friends decide to take a stranded young woman home, once there they meet one of the creepiest families in film history and a nightmare no one could have imagined begins to unravel.

Millennium: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor) Dir. Niels Arden Oplev, Sweden, 2009, 152 mins, Swedish, ST, 35mm Sun 8, 15:00, HYDE ¦ Wed 11, 20:00, HYDE Mikael Blomkvist is a disgraced reporter about to go to prison, Lisbeth Salander is the mysterious girl of the title with a chequered past and a sideline in computer hacking. Together they are hired to investigate a forty year old disappearance at the request of eccentric millionaire, Henrik Vanger. As they dig deep into the secrets of the Vanger family they begin to uncover a dark and bloody history that someone wants to keep hidden at any cost. This Scandanavian thriller will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last minute.

My Girlfriend is an Agent (Chilgeup gongmuwon) European Premiere Dir. Terra Shin, South Korea, 2009, 112 mins, Korean, ST, 35mm Wed 11, 20:30, VUE2 How do you know your girlfriend is not a spy? Has she really gone shopping, or is she on a jet ski in pursuit of an international criminal? When her mobile buzzes, how do you know it’s not HQ? The filmmakers behind My Girlfriend is an Agent wondered the same and produced one of the biggest blockbusters of 2009 in Korea. The film is a light-hearted blast, effortlessly spoofing Western spy movies and their mega-budget action spectacles, making great fun of everyday work chores like team meetings, and producing stand out Korean comic characters led by the Chief. HIFI - HiFi Club UNI - University of Leeds

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Norwegian Woods International Premiere Dir. No Zin Soo , South Korea, 2009, 86 mins, Korean, ST, DigiBeta Sat 14, 17:30, HYDE A little cracker of a low budget horror comedy, Norwegian Woods is a great partner for the new King of Korean B-Movies, the gut-busting Chaw. In woods nowhere near Norway, two bun-fighting gangsters try to bury a body, a tense business-man and his mistress park in the bushes, and three straying school kids get high. They do a great job themselves of tearing each other apart before the local sickle-swinging serial killer takes a turn: stalking his victims in yellow wellies, he is after more livers for his mother. Warning to book fans: not based on the novel by Haruki Murakami.

Pontypool Dir. Bruce McDonald, Canada, 2008, 96 mins, DigiBeta Sat 7, 16:00, TOWN HALL (Day of the Dead) Following on from the success of The Tracey Fragments (LIFF 2007), Bruce McDonald brings us a truly terrifying and yet thought provoking zombie film. Set in a small rural Canadian community, shockjock radio DJ Grant Mazzy and his small team start to realise something is very wrong in their town when reports start to come in of mass hysteria, rioting and violence. Trapped and scared they try to fathom out what is causing the outbreak before the murderous zombie horde descends on the radio station in search of new victims.

Ponyo Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 2008, 103 mins, Japanese, ST, 35mm Sun 22, 11:00, HYDE ¦ Sun 22, 16:00, HYDE The greatest living film animator and storyteller, Hayao Miyazaki transforms The Little Mermaid fairytale into Ponyo, a magical and universal cinema experience that shines so bright all else seems grey. Ponyo is a little goldfish with a girl’s face who escapes the underwater home of her sorcerer father to explore the surface. She is discovered by Sosuke, a 5-yearold boy living on the top of a cliff by the sea. As Ponyo grows closer to Sosuke, her desire to become fully human strengthens. Screening in the original Japanese language version with English subtitles.

The Revenant Dir. D. Kerry Prior, USA, 2009, 110 mins, 35mm Sat 14, 02:00, HYDE (Night of the Dead) ¦ Sun 15, 16:00, HYDE Fresh life is breathed into the zombie genre with this exhilirating, laugh out loud, comedy horror film. The night after his funeral, Bart, a soldier killed in Iraq gets up out of his grave and seeks out his best friend Joey. At dawn Bart's body falls to the floor, only to reawaken the following night. Joey decides that he is a revenant: an articulate zombie that needs to drink blood to stop the decomposition of his body. Packed with unexpected twists and turns and hilarious over the top bloody set pieces, The Revenant is hugely entertaining and sure to be a Fanomenon audience favourite.

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Searching for the Elephant (Pyenteuhauseu Kokkiri ) UK Premiere Dir. Jeong Seung-Gu, South Korea, 2009, 144 mins, Korean, ST, DigiBeta Tue 10, 16:00, VUE1 In his high-impact debut, director Jeong Seung-Gu orchestrates a stylish grand opus of super-charged performances, visceral action, surreal fantasy, and shocking awakenings in his story of three childhood friends plunged into adult destruction. A schizophrenic photographer, a sex-obsessed plastic surgeon, and a corrupt financier fight for survival as the revelation of secrets takes them and the women in their lives over the edge. Seung-Gu displays a great thirst for invention tamed with a desire to explore the complex motives of his collapsing characters.

Seventh Moon UK Premiere Dir. Eduardo Sánchez, USA, 2008, 87 mins, DigiBeta Fri 13, Midnight, HYDE (Night of the Dead) ¦ Sun 15, 19:00, HYDE A stunning and nail-biting horror experience from the director of The Blair Witch Project. American tourists Melissa and Yul are honeymooning in rural China and enjoying the exotic 'Hungry Ghost' festival, as night falls however they find they've been abandoned in a remote and seemingly deserted village. Frustration soon gives way to fear as the young couple try to find their way back to the main road and realise they are being stalked by strange and disturbing figures that suddenly and shockingly appear out of the darkness.

Sodium Babies UK Premiere Dirs. Benoit & Julien Decaillon, France, 2008, 90 mins, French, ST, DigiBeta Sat 7, 14:00, TOWN HALL (Day of the Dead) Benoit and Julien Decaillon’s debut film is an incredible contemporary vampire epic with a Lynchian feel that oozes style from every pore. Set across thirty years with a fantastic soundtrack to accompany each decade, the film tells the story of Dead Dog, a ghoulish slave employed by the vampire Prince to hunt and kill on his behalf. When another vampire shows Dead Dog how twisted his loyalties have been, he decides to take revenge against his master for 30 years of pain and torment.

Stingray Sam Dir. Cory McAbee, USA, 2009, 61 mins, DigiBeta Thu 12, 22:15, HYDE ¦ Sat 14, 19:00, HYDE He's Back! Cory McAbee, the creator of The American Astronaut, a smash hit with LIFF audiences in 2004, returns to Leeds with his latest creation. Stingray Sam is trying to go straight and lay low as a singer and bouncer in seedy nightclub on Mars, but his past is about to catch up with him when his long lost accomplice, The Quasar Kid, turns up in town with an offer Stingray can't refuse. Miss this fantastic inter-galactic, musical odyssey at your peril! The Man himself will provide a very unique and extended Q&A following the screening.

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Summer Wars (Samā Wōzu) UK Premiere Dir. Mamoru Hosoda, Japan, 2009, 114 mins, Japanese, ST, 35mm Wed 18, 20:30, HYDE ¦ Fri 20, 16:00, HYDE ¦ Sun 22, 13:30, HYDE ‘Astounding anime... dazzlingly imaginative... the future king of Japanese animation may be with us’ - The Japan Times. Summer Wars is the captivating and spectacular new animated feature from Mamoru Hosoda, director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Millions are addicted to the vast online world of Oz. Maths genius Kenji tears himself away from Oz to escort his crush Natsuki to her formidable Great Grandma’s 90th. The family gathering is not what Kenji expected and soon he is the brains of a kindred force out to defeat the Oz-invading, Earth-ending Love Machine virus.

Thought Bubble Convention £8 / £4 (Cosplayers & Breezecard Holders) / FREE (under 12s) Sat 21 Nov, 10am - 4pm, Savile’s Hall Thought Bubble’s special one-day convention gives audiences the opportunity to meet numerous prestigious comic book creators, and take part in live art installations, portfolio critiques, panel discussions, and masterclasses. It is viewed by many as one of the best events of its kind, with Mark Millar (creator of Wanted and Kick-Ass) calling it “the best con in the world”. Entry is priced at £8, while ‘cosplayers’ or breeze card holders get in half price and under 12s get in FREE.

Thought Bubble Frank Quitely Art Masterclass £5 / £4 ¦ Sun 22, 15:15 - 16:45 Check www.thoughtbubblefestival.com for venue details Thought Bubble is delighted to welcome Frank Quitely, one of the world’s most respected comic book artists, to Leeds for a special, insider look at his work. Frank is best know for his incredible illustrations on Grant Morrison’s New X-Men and Batman and Robin. Talking to Peter Doherty of 2000AD fame, Frank will reveal the creative process he employs - from the initial sketch to the finished piece - in this fascinating masterclass.

The Two in Tracksuits (Jaji no futari) UK Premiere Dir. Yoshihiro Nakamura, Japan, 2008, 93 mins, Japanese, ST, 35mm Sat 7, 16:45, HYDE ¦ Mon 9, 19:00, HYDE A wonderful dry comedy from Japan so cool and unhurried you might expect to catch the characters relaxing in the cinema seats next to you, warmly smiling back. Father and son escape the Tokyo heat wave, arrive at their forest retreat in the stunning setting of Mount Asama, and in one of many very funny scenes, throw on their tasteless tracksuits in slow motion to the film’s funky theme tune. The father muses around, with everything from the neighbourly ‘witch’ to BLT sandwiches in his deadpan sights, and the son haplessly tries to remotely heal his waning marriage.

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Underdog Knight, The (Ying Han) UK Premiere Dir. Sheng Ding, China / Hong Kong, 2008, 95 mins, Mandarin, Subtitled, DigiBeta Mon 9, 18:30, VUE1 ¦ Tue 10, 14:00, VUE1 One of China’s biggest stars Ye Liu is Lao San, an ex-soldier mentally damaged in service who now vigilantly guards his neighbourhood with a superhuman dedication to the defence of his country, ‘All enemy ships after my punch will sink like a rock.’ Occupied early on with fleeting interventions like enforcing no smoking in a swimming pool and raiding a law-breaking butchers, Lao San soon takes on bigger protection challenges. When he is recruited as a bodyguard to a wealthy antique collector, he is drawn into a scandal that undoes his invincibility.

Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (Kyûketsu Shôjo tai Shôjo Furanken) Dirs. Yoshihiro Nishimura / Naoyuki Tomomatsu, Japan, 2009, 100 mins, Japanese, ST, DigiBeta Sat 14, 06:00, HYDE (Night of the Dead) ¦ Sun 15, 12:00, HYDE When the directors of Tokyo Gore Police and Eat the Schoolgirl get together to make a splatter comedy horror, you know you are in for a wild, freaky ride with some outrageous fight sequences, gallons of gushing blood and strange body mutations. Vampire girl Monami wants handsome student Mizushima to be hers for eternity but his current girlfriend, bitchy class queen Keiko, isn’t keen on the idea and enlists her father, a mad scientist with a secret laboratory, to turn her into a Frankensteinlike creature so she can exact her revenge.

Day of the Dead iii Saturday 7 November, Leeds Town Hall, 12 noon - 12 midnight, £25 / £20 Day of the Dead III moves to a fantastic new venue in 2009 as the prestigious surroundings of Leeds Town Hall hosts a truly mammoth and exciting line up of five incredible horror films from around the world. Previous editions of Day of the Dead have included some terrifying and blood splattered cinematic moments but we've topped it all this year with an outrageous and gorefilled programme of films that will delight our horror audiences. The event starts with the world premiere of UK supernatural horror Beacon 77 and climaxes with the amazing French zombie gorefest The Horde. In between there are vampires in the UK premiere of Sodium Babies, demons in Heartless from the UK and more zombies in Pontypool from Canada.This is the horror event not to be missed!

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Night of the Dead iX Friday 13 November, Hyde Park Picture House, 12 midnight - 8.00am £20 / £16 Leeds International Film Festival wouldn't be complete without our notorious Night of the Dead horror all nighter at the Hyde Park Picture House and this year we get to present it on Friday 13th. To celebrate we've got 4 nail-biting and blood-drenched films that will keep you on the edge of your seat or hiding under the person sitting next to you throughout the night. If you've never experienced a horror all nighter, here's your chance to join the fun and experience the best one in the country - you'll thank us for it afterwards! The night starts with the UK premiere of the ghoulish Seventh Moon presented by the film’s producer and is followed by the fantastic zombie comedy horror The Revenant from the USA. Next up is the UK premiere of Invitation Only, where a group of party-goers get more than they bargained for. The night climaxes with the Japanese gorefest Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl from the director of Tokyo Gore Police (LIFF 2008), with gushing blood, crazy body modifications and a manic fight atop the Tokyo Tower.

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return of the dead Sunday 15 November, Hyde Park Picture House, 12.00pm - 9.00pm £20 / £16 If you can’t make Night of the Dead or just want to do it all over again, here’s your chance to see the four films in reverse order on Sunday 15 November. Guaranteed to have you hiding behind your popcorn, the day kicks off with the extreme Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl followed by some particular nastiness in Invitation Only. Third comes the black horror comedy The Revenant which puts a new twist on the zombie genre and the day wraps up with Seventh Moon, the new film from director Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project). Individual tickets are also available.

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Thought Bubble Introduction 2009 sees the Thought Bubble Sequential Art Festival celebrate its third birthday, building on previous years’ success to take place over four days at a variety of venues across Leeds. The festival celebrates sequential art in all its different guises, including everything from superheroes to independent smallpress, and aims to cater to both long-time comic book fans as well as those who have never picked up a graphic novel before. Over the four days there will be art and writing based workshops and masterclasses for young people and adults, as well as panels and talks by industry professionals. The famous book-crossing event - in partnership with six publishers will see hundreds of free comics and graphic novels placed across Leeds to be read and taken home, passed on to friends, or simply left to be found by the next person. As well as this, in partnership with Leeds International Film Festival, a programme of sequential art related film screenings will take place. The festival’s centrepiece event is a one-day convention at Saviles Hall on Saturday 21st which gives fans and audiences the opportunity to meet

some of their favourite comic book creators, and also browse a huge selection of memorabilia on sale, as well as live art installations, portfolio critiques, panel discussions and masterclasses. This year’s festival promises to be the best yet, and looks sure to cement Thought Bubble’s position as one of the best comics-related events in the UK.

Free Thought Bubble Workshops and Masterclasses For Thought Bubble 2009, these special events will be led by industry professionals and activity will include writing for comics, how to create concept art, digital art and how to create your own publication. Full details and how to register for spaces can be found by visiting www.thoughtbubblefestival.com and within a special Thought Bubble foldout guide which can be picked up from various venues across the city including: Travelling Man, OK Comics, Forbidden Planet, Nation of Shopkeepers, Fab Café, the Film Festival Centre in The Light and the Tourist Information Centre at Leeds Station. Spaces are free and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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23rd Leeds International

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Your daily guide to ALL the Film Festival screenings and events, with screening times, venues and summary information to help you plan your film festival experience


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Men Who Stare At Goats 18:00 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 23 A sure-fire hit of the Autumn, a brilliant satirical comedy about modern warfare featuring noteperfect performances by George Clooney and Jeff Bridges.

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Heimat: The Call of Far-away Places 18:30 ¦ 118’ ¦ Page 20 The opening episode of the classic German TV series, a chronicle of life in rural Germany between 1919 and 2000.

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20:30 ¦ 118’ ¦ Page 16 Jane Campion’s sensual and deeply moving film about John Keats’ passionate relationship with Fanny Brawne – a delight to be relished.

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Daisies + Monkey See Monkey Do 21:00 ¦ 73’ ¦ Page 36 An anarchic, surrealist classic from the Czech new wave with live accompaniment by cult Leeds band Monkey See Monkey Do.

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The Man Who Bottled Clouds 19:30 ¦ 110’ ¦ Page 40 A love letter to Brazilian music through the songwriter Humberto Teixeira featuring Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and David Byrne.

SEVEN Art & Copy 18:30 ¦ 89’ ¦ Page 34 A motivating film about the virtually unknown artists and designers who led the creative revolution in the 1960s and changed the face of advertising forever.

Throw Down Your Heart 20:30 ¦ 97’ ¦ Page 44 American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck journeys to Africa to explore the African roots of the instrument and play with great African musicians.

Todd P Goes to Austin

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18:00 ¦ 68’ ¦ Page 38 A spellbinding music documentary exploring ‘post-rock’, featuring great live footage of bands like Mogwai, Tortoise, Low and Mouse on Mars.

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18:30 ¦ 102’ ¦ Page 44 Polish maverick Andrzej Żuławski’s dreamlike masterpiece set during the Nazi occupation of Lwow, one of the great Polish films of the 1970s.

Heimat: The Time of the First Songs

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20:00 ¦ 68’ ¦ Page 44 A cultural snapshot of America’s underground, do-it-yourself music scene with unforgettable performances by cult artists at the South by Southwest Festival.

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First Squad: Moment of Truth 13:00 ¦ 73’ ¦ Page 70 A momentus tale of an elite fighting squad and demonic terror in World War II from anime maestros and DJ Crush

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Turn it Loose Latest from Da-Da-eR 15:00 ¦ 86’ ¦ Page 22 A fascinating cult oddity from the end of the East German era, two cabaret clowns satirize life the year after the Wall came down.

14:30 ¦ 96’ ¦ Page 45 A kinetic powerhouse of a documentary, taking you to the world breakdancing championships in Soweto, South Africa, 2007.

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Gandahar 16:30 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 71 René Laloux’s last haunting animation, adapted from an Isaac Asimov story and prescient about genetic experimentation and organic farming.

Grill Point 17:30 ¦ 111’ ¦ Page 19 A charming and keenly observed character drama from Germany tracking the fallout from an illicit affair and influenced by Mike Leigh.

First Squad: Moment of Truth 18:00 ¦ 73’ ¦ Page 70 A momentus tale of an elite fighting squad and demonic terror in World War II from anime maestros and DJ Crush

FILM IST. a girl & a gun

Departures

20:00 ¦ 97’ ¦ Page 52 A sheer delight for all lovers of early cinema, archive footage from the first four and a half decades of cinema.

20:00 ¦ 97’ ¦ Page 18 A sheer delight for all lovers of early cinema, archive footage from the first four and a half decades of cinema.

17:00 ¦ 52’ ¦ Page 38 The utterly beautiful and charismatic Aurikel shares a powerful personal account of surviving the Nazi occupation.

Fantastic Planet 18:30¦ 82’ ¦ Page 70 René Laloux’s mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi allegory, a landmark of European animation prefiguring the work of Hayao ‘Spirited Away’ Miyazaki.

Art & Copy 20:30 ¦ 89’ ¦ Page 34 A motivating film about the virtually unknown artists and designers who led the creative revolution in the 1960s and changed the face of advertising forever.

Colin 22:00 ¦ 97’ ¦ Page 69 Marc Price’s £50 zombie opus proves you don’t need Hollywood budgets to make a really good film. Follow Colin as he becomes a member of the undead.

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In the Shadow of Dr Mabuse - the Daughters...

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae 19:00 ¦ 95’ ¦ Page 42 A contagiously enthusiastic reunion of great Jamaican musicians, the creators of Rocksteady, a laidback and soulful predecessor of reggae.

Trimpin: The Sound of Invention 21:00 ¦ 79’ ¦ Page 45 A rare chance to discover the extraordinary artist / inventor / composer, Trimpin and his genre-defying musical inventions and artworks.

HOWARD Cold Souls 18:00 ¦ 101’ ¦ Page 17 Paul Giamatti's soul is stolen from a high tech storage facility by a talentless Russian actress in this critically acclaimed, award winning comedy

In Search of the Messiah + Edgar Varese... 18:00 ¦ 120’ ¦ Page 37 The history, folklore and escalating value of the legendary Stradivari violins followed by a profile of innovative composer Edgar Varèse.

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Mother Joan of Angels

20:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 68 This French Canadian shocker will disturb and terrify you. When Yannick goes to 5150 Elms Way for help, he ends up being kidnapped and tortured by a religious fanatic.

20:30 ¦ 101’ ¦ Page 40 A rare gem from the 60s Polish underground set in a 17th century convent where all the nuns are possessed by demons.

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Exhausted

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14:15 ¦ 128’ ¦ Page 52 Shot on grainy Super 8, a savage film which will shock and provoke - a radical and powerful experience.

13:30 ¦ 150’ ¦ Page 27 A nail-biting thriller based on the true story of a daring escape from east to west Berlin by Olympic swimmer Harry Melchior.

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The Two in Tracksuits 16:45 ¦ 93’ ¦ Page 76 A wonderful dry comedy from Japan. A father and son escape the Tokyo heat wave for their forest retreat and tracksuits.

The Misfortunates 18:45 ¦ 108’ ¦ Page 23 Received to howls of laughter at its Cannes screening this year, this is a fresh and hilarious Belgian comedy with a difference.

Cold Souls 21:00 ¦ 101’ ¦ Page 17 Paul Giamatti's soul is stolen from a high tech storage facility by a talentless Russian actress in this critically acclaimed, award winning comedy

16:30 ¦ 92’ ¦ Page 23 Gorgeously shot amidst Vilnius’ roads at night, is a staggeringly stylish and appealing Lithuanian film - a real pleasure to watch.

12:30 ¦ 95’ ¦ Page 34 A cinematic poem and rigorous critique of the unfair distribution of wealth as children from around the world tell their own stories.

13:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 40 Only what we feel in our heart is the truth. Intimate conversations with perfect strangers addressed to a child.

14:30 ¦ 82’ ¦ Page 72 René Laloux’s follow up to Fantastic Planet, this strange and sophisticated sci-fi animation made with legendary sequential artist, Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud.

Episode III: Enjoy Poverty 16:30 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 37 In an ingeniously provocative and controversial film, Renzo Martens launches an ‘emancipation project’ to benefit poor villagers in the Congo.

Turn it Loose

18:30 ¦ 80’ ¦ Page 27 An original narrative approach makes this compelling viewing that’ll have you totally engaged the whole way through.

18:30 ¦ 96’ ¦ Page 45 A kinetic powerhouse of a documentary, taking you to the world breakdancing championships in Soweto, South Africa, 2007.

The Happiest Girl in the World

Blow Horn 20:30 ¦ 79’ ¦ Page 35 Documentary following a group of friends as they travel from a Buddhist retreat to an Indian monastery. Artful, intimate and enlightening.

Sodium Babies 14:00 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 75 An incredible contemporary vampire epic that oozes style from every pore as it tells the thirty year story of Dead Dog, a vampire’s slave.

Les Maitres du Temps

A Thousand Oceans

20:30 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 20 The amazing run of exciting Romanian filmmaking continues with a satirical real-time drama about the not-so-lucky winner of a new car.

Letter to a Child

12:00 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 68 Three hackers accidentally unleash hell in the world premiere of this UK supernatural thriller that foretells the end of days.

In the Shadow of Dr. Mabuse - the Daughters... 15:30 ¦ 52’ ¦ Page 38 The utterly beautiful and charismatic Aurikel shares a powerful personal account of surviving the Nazi occupation

Pontypool 16:00 ¦ 95’ ¦ Page 74 A truly terrifying and yet thought provoking zombie film set around the local radio station in a small rural Canadian community.

Oblivion 17:30 ¦ 93’ ¦ Page 41 A fresh and inventive documentary about the city of Lima, Peru, the national cocktail, political corruption and struggling street performers.

Kimjongilia 19:30 ¦ 75’ ¦ Page 38 The first film to fully expose the humanitarian disaster in North Korea through an extraordinary and moving tapestry of defectors’ stories.

12:00 ¦ All Day ¦ Page 47 A mini-cinema experience of curious short films from the archive presented in vintage group Rayon Rose’s beautiful customised caravan.

HOWARD Diary for My Children 14:30 ¦ 106’ ¦ Page 36 The first in a renowned trilogy of autobiographical films by Hungarian director Márta Mészáros, set during the turbulent post-war years.

Daisies 16:30 ¦ 73’ ¦ Page 36 An anarchic, surrealist classic from the Czech new wave that was one of the most influential films of the 60s.

Heartless 18:30 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 71 Philip Ridley’s dark, demonic masterpiece is an intelligent contemporary horror film that taps into the current climate of fear pervading modern society.

Trimpin: The Sound of Invention 18:30 ¦ 79’ ¦ Page 45 A rare chance to discover the extraordinary artist / inventor / composer, Trimpin and his genredefying musical inventions and artworks.

Nick Cave: Do You Love Me Like I Love You?

Carmen Meets Borat

The Horde

21:00 ¦ 84’ ¦ Page 35 The extraordinary story of the alarming transformation of a Romanian gypsy village after the arrival of Sasha Baron Cohen’s comedy Borat.

21:00¦ 90’ ¦ Page 72 A blood-drenched undead rollercoaster ride of a film with cops and gangsters forced to work together to escape a zombie apocalypse.

20:30 ¦ 110’ ¦ Page 41 Nick Cave tribute featuring short documentaries on his classic albums, videos from Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! and film readings from his new novel.

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23:30 ¦ 80’ ¦ Page 70 Can Dr. S save Mary Jane, resuce mom & dad and kill the zombies?

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13:00 ¦ 96’ ¦ Page 71 19 years after a shocking childhood event, a man is forced to face horrifying memories in this haunting Norwegian chiller.

13:00 ¦ 65’ ¦ Page 44 A snapshot of creative activism, civil disobedience and economic injustice with shoplifters dressed as superheroes.

The Happiest Girl in the World 13:30 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 20 The amazing run of exciting Romanian filmmaking continues with a satirical real-time drama about the not-so-lucky winner of a new car.

Millennium: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 15:00¦ 152’ ¦ Page 73 Digging into the secrets of the Vanger family, a reporter and computer uncover a dark and bloody history that someone wants to keep hidden.

The Human Centipede 18:00 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 72 From the warped mind of artist Tom Six comes a bizarre body horror about a mad scientist who wants to graft people together to form a human centipede.

Dogtooth 20:30 ¦ 94’ ¦ Page 18 One of 2009’s revelations - it is absolutely staggering. ‘Dogtooth’ burns magnesium bright with its audacious vision. Superb.

Blow Horn 14:00 ¦ 79’ ¦ Page 35 A beautiful documentary about a group of friends travelling from a Buddhist retreat to a monastery in India. Intimate and inspiring.

A Frozen Flower 15:30 ¦ 133’ ¦ Page 71 A King’s court is torn apart by dynastythreatening passions in this bold Korean action spectacle.

Seven Minutes in Heaven

13:00 ¦ 86’ ¦ Page 23 The roller coaster ride of the huge 110 date Mighty Boosh tour screening with a blackly comic short by Julian ‘Howard Moon’ Barratt.

14:30 ¦ 80’ ¦ Page 39 A fresh perspective on daily life in Afghanistan from a group of Afghan teenagers mentored by Polish director Jacek Szaranski.

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Bunny and the Bull 15:00 ¦ 101’ ¦ Page 17 The feature debut of Paul King, director of The Mighty Boosh, a surreal road movie set entirely in a flat with cameos by The Boosh stars.

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Buskers 16:30 ¦ 60’ ¦ Page 35 Mad Chad Taylor, the renowned Venice Beach chainsaw juggler, has created a one of a kind documentary.

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Crying with Laughter 17:30 ¦ 93’ ¦ Page 18 An intensely edgy comedy-thriller about a controversial, confrontational stand up comic, Joey Frisk, whose life comes apart at the seams.

Throw Down Your Heart

Comrade Coutre

18:00 ¦ 97’ ¦ Page 44 American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck journeys to Africa to explore the African roots of the instrument and play with great African musicians.

18:00¦ 84’ ¦ Page 17 A fascinating, personal documentary journey into the amazing parallel universe of East Berlin’s fashion designers by exGDR model Marco Wilms.

Departures

Oil City Confidential

Schultze Gets the Blues

A Serious Man

20:00 ¦ 130’ ¦ Page 18 2009 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Departures is a delightful and sensitive journey into the heartland of Japan.

20:00 ¦ 104’ ¦ Page 41 Julien Temple’s documentary profile of Canvey Island’s finest Dr Feelgood tracing their influence on punk spliced with excerpts of film noir.

20:00 ¦ 110’ ¦ Page 25 In a beautifully lyrical and bittersweet comedy-drama, Schultze escapes his dreary life to an adventure in the Zydeco country of Louisiana.

20:00 ¦105’ ¦ Page 25 The latest, brilliantly inventive black comedy from the Coen brothers following long suffering Jewish physics professor Larry Gopnik in 60s Minnesota.

18:00 ¦ 94’ ¦ Page 25 Outstanding performances blend with a great narrative in this fulfilling and sophisticated film by an impressive new talent

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Kites

Bananas 16:00 ¦ 88’ ¦ Page 34 The David and Goliath tale of a small LA law firm representing Nicaraguan farmers in a lawsuit against the world’s biggest fruit company.

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The Mighty Boosh: Journey of the Childmen

SEVEN Nick Cave: Do You Love Me as Much as I Love You 19:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 41 A Nick Cave tribute featuring short documentaries on his classic albums, videos from Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! and film readings from his new novel.

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Low Lights 14:00 ¦ 92’ ¦ Page 23 Gorgeously shot amidst Vilnius’ roads at night, is a staggeringly stylish and appealing Lithuanian film - a real pleasure to watch.

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Episode III: Enjoy Poverty 14:30 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 37 In an ingeniously provocative and controversial film, Renzo Martens launches an ‘emancipation project’ to benefit poor villagers in the Congo.

A Thousand Oceans 16:00 ¦ 80’ ¦ Page 27 An original narrative approach makes this compelling viewing that’ll have you totally engaged the whole way through.

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The Two in Tracksuits 19:00 ¦ 93’ ¦ Page 76 A wonderful dry comedy from Japan. A father and son escape the Tokyo heat wave for their forest retreat and tracksuits.

16:30 ¦ 95’ ¦ Page 34 A cinematic poem and rigorous critique of the unfair distribution of wealth as children from around the world tell their own stories.

Francesca

The Misfortunates

18:30 ¦ 94’ ¦ Page 19 Acclaimed Romanian drama about a woman desperate to migrate to Italy and failed by her boyfriend.

18:30 ¦ 108’ ¦ Page 23 Received to howls of laughter at its Cannes screening this year, this is a fresh and hilarious Belgian comedy with a difference.

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20:30 ¦ 95’ ¦ Page 24 A sensuous and wonderful film about a Palestinian woman trying to keep her soul free and her spirit alive.

15:00 ¦ 84’ ¦ Page 17 A fascinating, personal documentary journey into the amazing parallel universe of East Berlin’s fashion designers by exGDR model Marco Wilms.

Stay the Same, Never Change 15:00 ¦ 93’ ¦ Page 26 ‘I wanted to talk about the ways desire can save us and then drown us ... It is this mix of fact and fiction that excites me’ – Laurel Nakadate

Another Planet

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Babaji

El Árbol

17:00 ¦ 72’ ¦ Page 34 An affectionate and magical documentary about Babaji Basant, a 100 year old Hindu shaman with beautiful traditional Indian music.

17:00 ¦ 70’ ¦ Page 19 Calling to mind the Dardennes brothers with a difference, El Árbol is a brilliant film!

The Run Up: Bonifide Word on the Street...

The Underdog Knight

18:30 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 43 An evening of street art and hip-hop culture featuring a selection of short films on urban artists and a live DJ-artist performance.

War and Love in Kabul La Pivellina 20:45 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 22 Without doubt a great new filmmaking talent this astonishing film will touch you very deeply with warmth and humanity.

20:30 ¦ 86’ ¦ Page 47 A moving documentary about life in Kabul and an enduring love story where war and want threaten compassion and humanity.

HIFI Sleepwalking Through the Mekong

18:30 ¦ 95’ ¦ Page 77 A Chinese action drama about an ex-soldier turned neighbourhood vigilante who exists in his own world of invincibility.

18:00 ¦ 68’ ¦ Page 43 A joyful celebration of the power of music, following Los Angeles band Dengue Fever on their recent journey to Cambodia.

When it was Blue

Stay the Same, Never Change 20:30 ¦ 93’ ¦ Page 26 ‘I wanted to talk about the ways desire can save us and then drown us ... It is this mix of fact and fiction that excites me’ – Laurel Nakadate

20:00¦ 73’ ¦ Page 53 This experimental and painted film transports you through the ravishing nature of Iceland, New Zealand, Canada and Central America.

NATION The Run Up Night 20:30 ¦ Page 43 An evening of street art and hip-hop culture featuring a selection of short films on urban artists and a live DJ-artist performance.

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Blow Horn Guidance 14:00 ¦ 83’ ¦ Page 20 A fabulously weird Swedish film about the world of self-help, where middle-aged Ray is pushed to his limits by a strange therapist…

13:30 ¦ 79’ ¦ Page 35 A beautiful documentary about a group of friends travelling from a Buddhist retreat to a monastery in India. Intimate and inspiring.

La Pivellina Seven Minutes in Heaven 16:00 ¦ 94’ ¦ Page 25 Outstanding performances blend with a great narrative in this fulfilling and sophisticated film by an impressive new talent.

15:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 22 Without doubt a great new filmmaking talent this astonishing film will touch you very deeply with warmth and humanity.

13:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 40 Only what we feel in our heart is the truth.Intimate conversations with perfect strangers addressed to a child.

The Underdog Knight

Below Sea Level

14:00 ¦ 95’ ¦ Page 77 A Chinese action drama about an ex-soldier turned neighbourhood vigilante who exists in his own world of invincibility.

15:00 ¦ 115’ ¦ Page 35 A fascinating documentary on ‘Slab City’,an eccentric community living on the margins of society in the Californian desert.

Searching for the Elephant 16:00 ¦ 144’ ¦ Page 75 Three childhood friends are plunged into adult self-destruction in this stylish, visceral, and often surreal action drama, a Korean debut.

Cherry Kino Shorts 1: Corpo Reality Some Voices

Dogtooth

Guidance

18:30 ¦ 94’ ¦ Page 18 One of 2009’s revelations - it is absolutely staggering. Dogtooth burns magnesium bright with its audacious vision. Superb.

18:30 ¦ 83’ ¦ Page 20 A fabulously weird Swedish film about the world of self-help, where middle-aged Ray is pushed to his limits by a strange therapist…

A Serious Man 20:30 ¦ 105’ ¦ Page 25 The latest, brilliantly inventive black comedy from the Coen brothers following long suffering Jewish physics professor Larry Gopnik in 60s Minnesota.

Seven Minutes in Heaven 20:30 ¦ 94’ ¦ Page 25 Outstanding performances blend with a great narrative in this fulfilling and sophisticated film by an impressive new talent.

18:00 ¦ 101’ ¦ Page 43 An intense drama about a man who hears voices with a stunning performance by Daniel Craig followed by a panel discussion on mental health.

20:15 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 61 A great programme of highlights from Short Film City 2009 plus fascinating, rare archive films about Leeds.

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CARR3 Permaculture 18:00 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 42 Leeds Permaculture Network take you on a tour of some of the most innovative sustainability projects around the world.

17:30 ¦ 75’ ¦ Page 51 Experimental films which don’t shy away from showing the body! Expect an ecstatic birth, angels, clothes & humour.

19:30 ¦ 70’ ¦ Page 51 An exquisite and radical rendering of an empowering reaction to sightlessness

19:00 ¦ 93’ ¦ Page 21 One of the funniest and quirkiest films you’ll see this year, you’ll laugh out loud just thinking about it! Natural Viagra anyone?

Disco and Atomic War

El Árbol

21:00 ¦ 80’ ¦ Page 36 A personal perspective on pop culture and totalitarian power from filmmaker Jaak Kilmi, who grew up in Soviet Estonia during the cold war.

21:00 ¦ 70’ ¦ Page 19 Calling to mind the Dardennes brothers with a difference, El Árbol is a brilliant film!

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The King of Escape

Black Sun

Short Film City Opening Gala with Leeds Archive

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13:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 59 Poignant dramas, an hilarious Russian comedy and the 2009 Cannes Palme d’Or winner open this year’s International Short Film Competition.

Northern Film School Showcase Francesca 14:00 ¦ 94’ ¦ Page 19 Acclaimed Romanian drama about a woman desperate to migrate to Italy and failed by her boyfriend.

13:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 61 In this free event discover the latest work from the students of the Northern Film School in Leeds.

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15:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 59 The second programme includes the innovative documentary Nine Forgotten Songs and the poetic 2 Birds from Iceland.

West of Pluto

Samson and Delilah

16:00 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 27 French-Canadian cinema at its very best! A brilliant film that’s both funny and profound. Miss this and you’ll miss something wonderful.

16:00 ¦ 101’ ¦ Page 25 Two teenagers, forced to leave their small and isolated aboriginal community for the city, struggle to survive against racism and intolerance.

Short Film City: Animation Comp 1 18:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 57 An annual Film Festival favourite, this year’s Animation Competition is full of world delights – first programme includes the 2009 Oscar winner.

Pomegranates and Myrrh 18:30 ¦ 95’ ¦ Page 24 A sensuous and wonderful film about a Palestinian woman trying to keep her soul free and her spirit alive.

18:30 ¦ 101’ ¦ Page 25 Two teenagers, forced to leave their small and isolated aboriginal community for the city, struggle to survive against racism and intolerance.

My Girlfriend is an Agent 20:30 ¦ 112’ ¦ Page 73 A light-hearted blast of a spy spoof, one of the biggest hits of the year in Korea.

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Grassroots Film Funding Workshop

15:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 58 Wajda, Polanski, and Kieslowski are among the many great Polish filmmakers trained at the world-renowned National Film School of Łódź.

18:30 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 37 Director of Tenner Films and the 13 Short Films About Nuclear Power project presents a workshop on grassroots documentary filmmaking.

Disco and Atomic War

LAST Leeds: Human Trafficking Event

17:00 ¦ 86’ ¦ Page 36 A personal perspective on pop culture and totalitarian power from filmmaker Jaak Kilmi, who grew up in Soviet Estonia during the cold war.

20:30 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 39 The Leeds Anti-Sex Trafficking Network (LAST) presents a range of films on human trafficking followed by a discussion and Q & A.

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Samson and Delilah

Millennium: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 20:00 ¦ 152’ ¦ Page 73 Digging into the secrets of the Vanger family, a reporter and computer uncover a dark and bloody history that someone wants to keep hidden.

13:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 60 An incredible selection of rare documentary gems of the Sahia Film Studio, the state production studio during Ceausescu’s dictatorship.

Signes de Nuit: African Shorts 1

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Tales from the Golden Age Puccini and the Girl 21:00 ¦ 84’ ¦ Page 24 There is such grace and breath-catching beauty in this film about Puccini’s relationship with his house maid, set to gorgeous music.

20:30¦ 100’ ¦ Page 63 An often hilarious and always captivating omnibus of five Romanian short films inspired by the urban myths of the Ceausescu regime.

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Tales from the Golden Age

La Tigra, Chaco

Louis le Prince Shorts International Comp 4 15:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 59 Daily family problems, a difficult border to cross and the wishes of Santa Clause in this unpredictable fourth programme of international shorts.

Short Film City: Animation Comp 2 18:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 57 Second programme of worldwide animation marvels includes science-fiction, government abuse, and the twisted world of Trickster.

A Serious Man 20:00 ¦ 105’ ¦ Page 25 The latest, brilliantly inventive black comedy from the Coen brothers following long suffering Jewish physics professor Larry Gopnik in 60s Minnesota.

15:00 ¦ 80’ ¦ Page 22 A wonderfully acted piece of new Argentine cinema - you’ll relish the gentle pace and understated power of this beautiful film.

14:00¦ 100’ ¦ Page 63 An often hilarious and always captivating omnibus of five Romanian short films inspired by the urban myths of the Ceausescu regime.

13:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 58 The second programme of films from the National Film School of Łódź features light animations and profound dramas.

War and Love in Kabul 15:00¦ 86’ ¦ Page 47 A moving documentary about life in Kabul and an enduring love story where war and want threaten compassion and humanity.

Experimental Short Film Competition 199 Tips to be Happy 17:00 ¦ 96’ ¦ Page 16 A deliciously physical film, gum ball colours, desire and erotic scenes make this a film you can feel with your body.

16:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 58 Featuring brilliant films that challenge assumptions about the cinema experience, the Experimental Shorts Competition is full of discoveries.

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Puccini and the Girl

19:00 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 27 French-Canadian cinema at its very best! A brilliant film that’s both funny and profound. Miss this and you’ll miss something wonderful.

19:00 ¦ 84’ ¦ Page 24 There is such grace and breath-catching beauty in this film about Puccini’s relationship with his house maid, set to gorgeous music.

Harry Brown

North

21:00 ¦ 103’ ¦ Page 20 Michael Caine as Harry Brown shines in a bold role inside a story of brutal retribution.

21:00 ¦ 78’ ¦ Page 24 Following a nervous breakdown, ski athlete Jomar sets off on a strange journey on a snowmobile with only 5 litres of alcohol…

Stingray Sam

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Bluebeard 14:00 ¦ 80’ ¦ Page 16 This deliciously subversive French film reinvents what may be the first ever serial killer story. Is local squire Bluebeard murdering his wives?

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El Árbol 16:00 ¦ 70’ ¦ Page 19 Calling to mind the Dardennes brothers with a difference, El Árbol is a brilliant film!

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Signes de Nuit: African Shorts 2 17:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 63 Two films from Mali and one from Sénéga feature in the second programme of rarely screened African shorts.

Cherry Kino Shorts 2: Lava Land 19:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 51 Experimental films which explore the land as a living and breathing form. Volcanoes erupt and concrete bunkers sink into the sand…

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HIFI Bluebeard 18:00¦ 80’ ¦ Page 16 This deliciously subversive French film reinvents what may be the first ever serial killer story. Is local squire Bluebeard murdering his wives?

Kuchar Film Night 18:30 ¦ 146’ ¦ Page 39 Stingray Sam director and musician Cory Mcabee introduces a tribute to the legendary underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar, featuring cult shorts and a hit documentary.

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21:00 ¦ 60’ ¦ Page 53 Expanded cinema performed live with a hand-cranked, homemade 16mm projector.

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Louis le Prince Shorts International Comp 5 Sun Alley 14:00 ¦ 101’ ¦ Page 26 A warm and irreverent comedy set in the heart of East Berlin in the heart of the 1970s on a street bisected by the Berlin Wall.

13:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 59 A brutal crime is reconstructed in Echo (Poland) and guidance on how to behave in a museum is the theme of the Silence (Latvia).

Slovenian Girl 16:00 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 26 A truly riveting watch set in Ljubljana with suspense which builds artfully throughout, with an excellent lead performance.

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White Night Wedding

18:00 ¦ 92’ ¦ Page 69 Aussie thrillers don’t get much better than this! From the producers of Wolf Creek comes this superbly effective thriller.

18:00 ¦ 96’ ¦ Page 29 This fabulous Icelandic film has to be one of the best ways to spend 96 minutes on a cold November’s day in Leeds!

The Blair Witch Project: 10th Anniversary 20:00 ¦ 86’ ¦ Page 68 A special 10th Anniversary screening of this horror classic. Three student filmmakers disappear - a year later their footage is found.

15:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 59 A 21st century high tech wedding, a trip in the Mecca of bullfighting and a very special dinner feature in the finale programme.

13:00¦ 60’ ¦ Page 45 A workshop on the video sampling techniques pioneered by artists James June Schneider and Elise Pierre into a new live cinema experience.

13:00 ¦ 180’ ¦ Page 52 A hands-on workshop where you’ll learn to make (and process) 16mm film with the Rayogram method, led by Canadian artist Alex MacKenzie.

15:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 60 Two outstanding medium length films from Romania, Liviu’s Dream by Corneliu Porumboiu and Marilena from P7 by Christian Nemescu.

Romanian Retro Shorts: First Generation 17:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 60 The first steps of the filmmakers who have won all the leading prizes in Europe and established the reputation of new Romanian Cinema.

Earth Days 18:30 ¦ 93’ ¦ Page 36 A fascinating overview of the history of the environmental movement followed by a discussion presented by Friends of the Earth.

Ander 20:00¦ 129’ ¦ Page 16 Surprising, sensitive and strong. Wonderfully understated acting makes this a must-see for all admirers of subtlety. When Anders is injured a new farmhand is taken on with surprising results.

Flashes of Light: 16mm Rayogram Workshop

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Video Love: Live Cinema Workshop

Superheroes 19:00 ¦ 65’ ¦ Page 44 A snapshot of creative activism, civil disobedience and economic injustice in Hamburg with shoplifters dressed as superheroes.

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Earth Days Talk

20:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 22 Without doubt a great new filmmaking talent this astonishing film will touch you very deeply with warmth and humanity.

20:30 ¦ 75’ ¦ Page 41 A compelling cinematographic documentary about live-ravaged Fred Robsahm who was once a golden boy of spaghetti westerns, a fallen angel.

20:30 ¦ 60’ ¦ Page 36 Presented by film festival partner Leeds Friends of the Earth

Macabre 22:00 ¦ 95’ ¦ Page 73 A group of friends come across one of the creepiest families in film history in this glorious blood soaked horror.

00:00 ¦ 95’ ¦ Page 75 Honeymooners lost in rural China discover they are not alone.

Seventh Moon

02:00 ¦ 110’ ¦ Page 74 An undead soldier needs blood to stop decomposing.

The Revenant

04:00 ¦ 95’ ¦ Page 72 Guests at an exclusive party find they are the prey in a sick game.

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CARR2 Romanian Shorts: Enfant Terribles 1 11:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 60 The best shorts of recent years from the most important new Romanian talents. Includes the multi prize winners Waves and The Tube with a Hat.

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Love Exposure 14:30¦ 237’ ¦ Page 73 An extraordinary fourhour cult epic sensation from Japan, Love Exposure is an outrageous romantic action comedy about obsessive first love.

14:00 ¦ 101’ ¦ Page 26 A warm and irreverent comedy set in the heart of East Berlin in the heart of the 1970s on a street bisected by the Berlin Wall.

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13:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 57 A new short film from Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh headlines this first programme of new British delights.

13:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 60 The last highlights of this retrospective, 6 stunning dramas including the exquisite 2008 Berlinale Golden Bear winner A Good Day on the Beach.

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La Tigra, Chaco 16:30 ¦ 80’ ¦ Page 22 A wonderfully acted piece of new Argentine cinema - you’ll relish the gentle pace and understated power of this beautiful film.

15:30 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 57 The second programme of great new British shorts includes the achingly beautiful Believe and the poetic Kids Might Fly.

Stingray Sam 19:00 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 75 Cory McAbee, the creator of The American Astronaut returns to Leeds with his latest fantastic inter-galactic, musical odyssey.

18:30 ¦ 96’ ¦ Page 16 A deliciously physical film, gum ball colours, desire and erotic scenes make this a film you can feel with your body.

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11:00¦ 150’ ¦ Page 58 What makes a short film worth showing? What have successful filmmakers done right? Find out from the First Short Steps panel.

NATION Vintage Smalls: Rayon Rose 12:00 ¦ All Day ¦ Page 47 A mini-cinema experience of curious short films from the archive presented in vintage group Rayon Rose’s beautiful customised caravan.

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Below Sea Level 15:30 ¦ 115’ ¦ Page 35 A fascinating documentary on ‘Slab City’,an eccentric community living on the margins of society in the Californian desert.

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CARR3 First Short Steps: Short Film City Filmmakers’ Event

18:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 63 The big finale of Short Film City 2009 features the full Yorkshire Short Film Competition and all the jury awards.

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Buskers 18:00 ¦ 60’ ¦ Page 35 A one of a kind documentary that goes deep inside the hidden world of street performing.

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Pilgrimage of Ti-Jean

19:30 ¦ 75’ ¦ Page 38 The first film to fully expose the humanitarian disaster in North Korea through an extraordinary and moving tapestry of defectors’ stories.

19:30 ¦ 50’ ¦ Page 42 A real treat for lovers of traditional Irish music, a documentary on Canadian fiddler TiJean’s pilgrimage to Ireland presented by The Gathering.

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The King of Escape

Carmen Meets Borat

21:00 ¦ 121’ ¦ Page 69 Korean black comedy horror Chaw is a gutbusting delight. A small town is thrown into pandemonium by a giant killer boar.

21:00 ¦ 78’ ¦ Page 24 Following a nervous breakdown, ski athlete Jomar sets off on a strange journey on a snowmobile with only 5 litres of alcohol…

21:00 ¦ 93’ ¦ Page 21 One of the funniest and quirkiest films you’ll see this year, you’ll laugh out loud just thinking about it! Natural Viagra anyone?

21:00 ¦ 84’ ¦ Page 35 The extraordinary story of the alarming transformation of a Romanian gypsy village after the arrival of Sasha Baron Cohen’s comedy blockbuster Borat.

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Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl 12:00 ¦ 100’ ¦ Page 77 The director of Tokyo Gore Police returns with a wild, freaky splatter comedy horror with vampires, zombies, gallons of blood and strange mutations.

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Wolfy

14:00 ¦ 95’ ¦ Page 72 Five guests with exclusive invitations find themselves at the centre of a twisted party game. Survival horror at its bloody best.

14:00 ¦ 88’ ¦ Page 29 Told through the eyes of a little girl, the painful relationship between mother and daughter is explored in this uncompromising but beautiful film.

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16:00 ¦ 110’ ¦ Page 74 The zombie genre is brilliantly re-animated with this outrageous, laugh out loud horror. A soldier killed in Iraq awakens and needs blood to stop decomposing.

16:00 ¦ 129’ ¦ Page 16 Surprising, sensitive and strong. Wonderfully understated acting makes this a must-see for all admirers of subtlety. When Anders is injured a new farmhand is taken on with surprising results.

16:00 ¦ 129’ ¦ Page 16 Surprising, sensitive and strong. Wonderfully understated acting makes this a must-see for all admirers of subtlety. When Anders is injured a new farmhand is taken on with surprising results.

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Chaw 18:00 ¦ 121’ ¦ Page 69 Korean black comedy horror Chaw is a gutbusting delight. A small town is thrown into pandemonium by a giant killer boar.

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Seventh Moon 19:00 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 75 The nail biting horror from the director of the Blair Witch Project, honeymooners are lost in rural China but they are not alone.

18:30 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 26 A truly riveting watch set in Ljubljana with suspense which builds artfully throughout, with an excellent lead performance.

Jumbo Night: I Need that Record! Puccini and the Girl

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20:30 ¦ 84’ ¦ Page 24 There is such grace and breath-catching beauty in this film about Puccini’s relationship with his house maid, set to gorgeous music.

20:00 ¦ 77’ ¦ Page 38 The Film Festival and Jumbo Records present I Need That Record, an irresistible documentary for record lovers everywhere.

Love and Rage 18:30 ¦ 94’ ¦ Page 22 Daniel has an amazing musical talent, but with this passion comes desire, jealously and furious anger which threatens to destroy all his relationships.

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20:30 ¦ 78’ ¦ Page 24 Following a nervous breakdown, ski athlete Jomar sets off on a strange journey on a snowmobile with only 5 litres of alcohol…

20:30 ¦ 101’ ¦ Page 69 In this oddball Korean black comedy, an unpopular teacher with a chronic blushing condition can’t avoid painful embarrassment and humiliation.

Trash Humpers 22:30 ¦ 78’ ¦ Page 27 Provocative director Harmony Korine (Gummo, Mister Lonely) returns with a strange and anarchic tale of a psychotic suburban family.

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15:30 ¦ 130’ ¦ Page 21 A romantic comedy about unrequited longing, If You Are the One is a dream union of major Far Eastern talent.

Small Crime 18:30 ¦ 85’ ¦ Page 26 Filmed on a beautiful Greek island, Small Crime is a romantic comedy with a murder mystery twist.

Can Go Through Skin 20.30 ¦ 94’ ¦ Page 17 In a brilliantly original debut feature by Dutch director Esther Rots, a traumatic experience radically changes confident Marieke’s life.

NATION Old Romantic Killer Band 20:00 ¦ 90’ ¦ Page 42 This heavy blues two piece will be delving into their record bags to bring you music from and inspired by cult exploitation films.

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Small Crime 14:30 ¦ 85’ ¦ Page 26 Filmed on a beautiful Greek island, Small Crime is a romantic comedy with a murder mystery twist.

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Cherry Kino Shorts 3: Cameraless Films! 17:00¦ 100’ ¦ Page 51 Sublime and mesmerising experimental films all made without a camera lens featuring innovative techniques including growing crystals directly on the film!

The Sound of Insects Record of a Mummy 19:00 ¦ 88’ ¦ Page 53 A stunning experimental cinematic manifesto based on a book after a true event where a man starved himself to mummification.

Coffin Rock 21:00 ¦ 92’ ¦ Page 69 Aussie thrillers don’t get much better than this! From the producers of Wolf Creek comes this superbly effective thriller.

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White Night Wedding

Can Go Through Skin

16:30 ¦ 96’ ¦ Page 29 This fabulous Icelandic film has to be one of the best ways to spend 96 minutes on a cold November’s day in Leeds!

16:30 ¦ 94’ ¦ Page 17 In a brilliantly original debut feature by Dutch director Esther Rots, a traumatic experience radically changes confident Marieke’s life.

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Love Exposure

18:30¦ 90’ ¦ Page 27 French-Canadian cinema at its very best! A brilliant film that’s both funny and profound. Miss this and you’ll miss something wonderful.

18:30 ¦ 237’ ¦ Page 73 An extraordinary fourhour cult epic sensation from Japan, Love Exposure is an outrageous romantic action comedy about obsessive first love.

199 Tips to be Happy 16:00 ¦ 96’ ¦ Page 16 A deliciously physical film, gum ball colours, desire and erotic scenes make this a film you can feel with your body.

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Crush and Blush Trash Humpers 18:30¦ 78’ ¦ Page 27 Provocative director Harmony Korine (Gummo, Mister Lonely) returns with a strange and anarchic tale of a psychotic suburban family.

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18:00 ¦ 101’ ¦ Page 69 In this oddball Korean black comedy, an unpopular teacher with a chronic blushing condition can’t avoid painful embarrassment and humiliation.

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Cracks

20:30 ¦ 94’ ¦ Page 22 Daniel has an amazing musical talent, but with this passion comes desire, jealously and furious anger which threatens to destroy all his relationships.

20:30 ¦ 114’ ¦ Page 76 A captivating and spectacular new animated feature from Japan about a family n conflict with the devastating Love Machine virus.

20:30 ¦ 104’ ¦ Page 18 The debut by Jordan Scott (Ridley Scott’s daughter), an elegant tale of a scandal in a 30s girls’ boarding school starring Eva Green.

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Can Go Through Skin 14:30 ¦ 94’ ¦ Page 17 In a brilliantly original debut feature by Dutch director Esther Rots, a traumatic experience radically changes confident Marieke’s life.

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Crush and Blush 16:00 ¦ 101’ ¦ Page 69 In this oddball Korean black comedy, an unpopular teacher with a chronic blushing condition can’t avoid painful embarrassment and humiliation.

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16:30 ¦ 85’ ¦ Page 26 Filmed on a beautiful Greek island, Small Crime is a romantic comedy with a murder mystery twist.

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If You are the One

18:30 ¦ 104’ ¦ Page 18 The debut by Jordan Scott (Ridley Scott’s daughter), an elegant tale of a scandal in a 30s girls’ boarding school starring Eva Green.

18:30¦ 130’ ¦ Page 21 A romantic comedy about unrequited longing, If You Are the One is a dream union of major Far Eastern talent.

14:00 ¦ 71’ ¦ Page 68 Unseen in Europe for 20 years, Angel’s Egg is a hauntingly beautiful animation with a heartbreaking story from Mamoru Oshii.

Summer Wars 16:00 ¦ 114’ ¦ Page 76 A captivating and spectacular new animated feature from Japan about a family n conflict with the devastating Love Machine virus.

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Salsa Night: Our Latin Thing 19:00 ¦ 102’ ¦ Page 43 An electrifying documentary exploring the vibrant Latino Salsa music scene in 1970s New York preceding the Rumberos Club night at the Wardrobe.

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White Night Wedding

The King of Escape

21:00 ¦ 96’ ¦ Page 29 This fabulous Icelandic film has to be one of the best ways to spend 96 minutes on a cold November’s day in Leeds!

21:00 ¦ 93’ ¦ Page 21 One of the funniest and quirkiest films you’ll see this year, you’ll laugh out loud just thinking about it! Natural Viagra anyone?

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The Seashell and the Clergyman + live music 20:00 ¦ 72’ ¦ Page 52 A phenomenal dreamlike black and white film considered to be the first Surrealist film, shown with live music score.

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10:00 - 17:00 ¦ Page 76 Thought Bubble’s special one-day convention gives audiences the opportunity to meet numerous prestigious comic book creators, and take part in live art installations, portfolio critiques, panel discussions, and masterclasses. It is viewed by many as one of the best events of its kind, with Mark Millar (creator of Wanted and Kick-Ass) calling it ‘the best [comic] con in the world’.

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Leeds Summat 12:00 ¦ tbc ¦ Page 39 A free, all-day gathering including peace and justice film screenings addressing the big issues of our time presented by Together for Peace.

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11:00¦ 103’ ¦ Page 74 Grandfather of anime Hiyao Miyizaki returns with a beautiful and colourful take on the Little Mermaid legend. Wonderful fairytale magic for kids of all ages.

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15:00¦ 90’ ¦ Page 76 One of the world’s most respected comic book artists comes to Leeds to give a special insider look at his work and his creative process.

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Index of Films & Events 199 Tips to be Happy 5150 Elms Way Ander Angel's Egg Animation Shorts Competition 1 Animation Shorts Competition 2 Another Planet Art and Copy Babaji, an Indian Love Story Bananas Beacon 77 Below Sea Level Black Sun Blair Witch Project, The Blow Horn Bluebeard Bright Star British Short Film Competition 1 British Short Film Competition 2 Bunny and the Bull Buskers Can Go Through Skin Carmen Meets Borat Chaw Cherry Kino Shorts 1: Corpo Reality (Revolting Bodies) Cherry Kino Shorts 2: Lava Land (Revolting Bodies) Cherry Kino Shorts 3 Cameraless Films! (Revolting Bodies) Coffin Rock Cold Souls Colin Comrade Couture Cracks Crush and Blush Crying with Laughter Daisies + live music by Monkey See Monkey Do Day of the Dead Departures Diary for My Children Disco and Atomic War Doctor S Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie Dogtooth Earth Days + Leeds Friends of the Earth El Árbol Encirclement Episode III: Enjoy Poverty Exhausted Experimental Shorts International Competition Fanomenon Filmmakers Day Fantastic Planet FILM IST. a girl & a gun Film Music Conference First Squad: The Moment of Truth First Short Steps: Short Film City Filmmakers’ Event Flashes of Light: 16mm Rayogram workshop with Alex MacKenzie Francesca Frozen Flower, A Gandahar Grassroots Film Funding Workshop and Tenner Films Grill Point Guidance Happiest Girl in the World, The Harry Brown Heartless Heimat Afternoon Heimat: Series 1 Episode 1: The Call of Far Away Places

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Romanian Retrospective: Enfants Terribles 2 Romanian Retrospective: Mid Length Films Romanian Retrospective: Sahia Film Studio Romanian Retrospective: The First Generation of New Romanian Cinema Run Up, The: Bonafide Word on the Street featuring DJ Mike L & artist Fon Salsa Night: Our Latin Thing Samson and Delilah Schultze Gets the Blues Searching for the Elephant Seashell and the Clergyman, The + The Smiling Madame Beudet with live music Serious Man, A Seven Minutes in Heaven Seventh Moon Short Film City Opening Gala with Leeds Archive Gems Short Film City Opening Party: David Lynch Signes de Nuit presents: African Shorts 1 Signes de Nuit presents: African Shorts 2 Sleepwalking Through the Mekong Slovenian Girl Small Crime Sodium Babies Some Voices + Time to Change Debate Sound of Insects, The Record of a Mummy Stay the Same Never Change Stingray Sam Summer Wars Sun Alley Superheroes Tales from the Golden Age Third Part of the Night, The Thought Bubble Comic Book Convention Thought Bubble Frank Quitely Art Masterclass Thousand Oceans, A Throw Down Your Heart Todd P Goes to Austin + DIY gig Trash Humpers Trimpin: the Sound of Invention Tunnel, The Turn it Loose Two in Tracksuits, The Underdog Knight, The Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl Video Love: Live Cinema Workshop Video Love: VJs and Vamplers: the Beginnings of Live Cinema Vintage Smalls: Rayon Rose War and Love in Kabul West of Pluto When it was Blue White Night Wedding Wolfy Wooden Lightbox, The: A Secret Art of Seeing Yadig? Night feat Alan Lomax Films + Serious Sam Barrett and David Broad live Yorkshire Short Film Competition + Short Film City Awards

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