Programme for Leeds International Film Festival revealed

Caption: More than 130 feature films will be showcased as part of the 27th Leeds International Film Festival.

A highly-anticipated sci-fi movie featuring two of Hollywood’s biggest stars will open this year’s 27th Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF27).

Two special 3D screenings of ‘Gravity’ featuring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock will take centre stage as part of the festival’s opening gala at the Everyman Leeds Cinema located in Trinity Leeds on Wednesday 6 November.

Previewed in Leeds two days before its official release on November 8, ‘Gravity’ tells the story of a brilliant engineer on her first shuttle mission with a veteran astronaut before disaster strikes.

Also featuring in the programme as part of the LIFF27 Official Selection category, will be some of the most acclaimed films of the year. These include Cannes Palme D’Or winner ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’, outstanding Romanian drama ‘Child’s Pose’, Alexander Payne’s latest movie ‘Nebraska’ and a rare screening of Gyórgy Pólfi’s unique ‘Final Cut: Ladies and Gentleman’.

The work of animator and avant-gardist Walerian Borowczyk and Masaki Kobayashi will also be celebrated, and they will be joined in the LIFF27 Retrospectives category by a series of European catalyst films, ranging from Luchino Visconti’s ‘Ossessione’ to Cristi Puiu’s ‘Stuff and Dough’.

As has become tradition, the very best of cult cinema will also be showcased as part of Fanomenon. On offer to fans will include the UK premiere of South Korean action blockbuster ‘Cold Eyes’, and a unique presentation of the complete animated ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns’ films. The Leeds Town Hall will also be the host to a number of timeless classics, including ‘The Exorcist’, ‘Jaws’ and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.

Budding filmmakers will also have the opportunity to showcase their work, as over 80 short films by new talent will be judged by a five member international jury in the Short Film City category.

Held from 6 November to 21 November, more than 130 feature films, over 130 short films and nearly 250 screening events will be held as part of the Leeds International Film Festival.

For more details on listings of all feature films and events, please see: www.leedsfilm.com/ www.facebook.com/leedsfilmfestival / www.twitter.com/leedsfilmfest

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure & skills said:

"The programme for the 27th Leeds International Film Festival really is fantastic, and it is brilliant that two special 3D screenings of one of Hollywood’s most anticipated films ‘Gravity’ will be held as part of this year’s official opening,

"With nearly 250 screenings throughout the festival, this is a great opportunity to see the very best that the world has to offer in film and cinema right here in our city."

Chris Fell, Director of Leeds International Film Festival said:

"Not only will the 27th Leeds International Film Festival screen a vast and diverse selection of films from more than 50 countries, the North’s largest film event will also showcase some of the best venues in the city.

"From the event’s central hub at Leeds Town Hall and the historic Hyde Park Picture House, to the brand new Everyman venue and popular Vue Cinemas, the Film Festival is a citywide celebration of cinema."

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk