Category : Leeds Internation Film Festival

LIFF: Girls of the Sun Review: ‘Women, Life, Liberty’

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Following on from her indie debut feature film Bang Gang, Director Eva Husson’s second feature film is one of the latest to be shown at the Leeds International Film Festival 2018. Husson felt compelled to tell this story stating: ‘When I read about these women who refused to be oppressed … Read More

LIFF: Suspiria Review

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To call Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria a remake would be a disservice to both this reinvention and the original. Dario Argento’s 1977 giallo horror masterpiece stands on its own pedestal and its synonymous vibrant colour palette remains iconic. The new Suspiria is an entirely different beast. The narrative bones are the same: a young American … Read More

Beautiful Boy Review: LIFF 2018

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Making his cinematic debut last year with his empathic performance in Call Me By Your Name, Timothée Chalamet is back with a further dose of melancholic beauty as Nic Sheff in his latest film, ‘Beautiful Boy’. And it really is beautiful, in several ways. The style in which it is … Read More

Widows Review: LIFF 2018

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With the directing power of Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave, Shame), and the writing talent of Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), Widows was a film I had been strongly anticipating for a while, and that anticipation was certainly fulfilled. This is a movie which ties components of a heist thriller … Read More

Sorry To Bother You Review: LIFF 2018

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The Leeds International Film Festival, also known as LIFF, opened on the first of November with the surreal yet wickedly funny film Sorry To Bother You. In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, we follow the life of a black man named Cassius Green who is struggling financially and in … Read More

The Old Man and the Gun Review: LIFF 2018

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Billed as Robert Redford’s final film before retirement, The Old Man and the Gun centres on the true story of 70 year-old bank robber Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford). After escaping from San Quentin, he performed a series of heists that fascinated and captured the imagination of the public in the … Read More

Pity Review: LIFF 2018

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Pretending to cry is almost impossible, but for the sullen-faced protagonist of Babis Makridis’ exercise in absurdist dark comedy Pity, crocodile tears are everything. Pity tells the story of a lawyer, played by the stern Yannis Drakopoulos, whose wife is recovering from a long-term coma. This tragic event clouds over … Read More

Colette Review: LIFF 2018

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As apprehensive as I was to sit through a 2-hour biopic on French literature, Leeds-born director Wash Westmoreland’s newest Sundance pick-up Colette proved to be one of the ones to watch this upcoming awards season – perhaps following the same trail of Academy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award success as … Read More

The Kindergarten Teacher Review: LIFF 2018

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Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a gentle kindergarten teacher who takes an evening class in poetry, though she lacks natural skill. When she stumbles upon the outstanding poeticism of five-year-old Jimmy (Parker Sevak), an unremarkable member of her class who periodically enters a trance-like state of poetry recital, the teacher … Read More

Night on Earth Review: LIFF 2018

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Jim Jarmusch’s Night on Earth, first premiered in 1991, is simple in its premise: it follows five taxi drivers, in five different cities, over one night. Despite this simplicity, Jarmusch’s film is an engaging character study, with interesting relationships developing between driver and passenger.  Whilst the respective pairs may seem mismatched – … Read More