Leeds International Film Festival 2019

The 33rd Leeds International Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday and with it comes one of the last opportunities in the festival season to see the biggest upcoming films of the year prior to general release. By now we’re all (hopefully) aware of the buzzworthy films like Jo Jo Rabbit, The Irishmen and Marriage Story– but to name a few- but there are also the lesser talked about, but arguably equally exciting, films that are also being showcased at Leeds this November.

Taking place from the 6th of November until the 21st some of the films I’m most looking forward to, and I must stress some as there are plenty more that I hope to see, are going to be discussed below:

First up, Marriage Story. Directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Adam Driver and
Scarlett Johansson it depicts a realistic portrayal of the breakdown of a
marriage while incorporating a distinct comedic tone.

Secondly, Jo Jo Rabit. Directed by Taika Waititi this comedy explores the
relationship between a young boy growing up in Nazi Germany and his imaginary
friend, Hitler.

Next up, Judy & Punch. Directed by Mirrah Foulkes this fictitious film explores the notorious couple behind the famous Punch and Judy duo and the dark twists, turns and drama that lies at the centre of their lives.

Greener Grass: directed by Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe this comedy explores the lives of those living in suburbia and the mothers that rule this small picket fenced community.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire: Directed by Céline Sciamma this period drama set at the end of the eighteenth century is a film that is better off remaining ambiguous until viewed. I will give no further information on the story other than to say that it revolves around a female painter having to paint the portrait of a young woman prior to her wedding.

Finally, Beanpole. Directed by Kantemir Balagov this period drama set in 1945 Leningrad follows two young women trying to rebuild their lives after the devastation of war.

These are to name but a few, to see the full festival lineup visit: https://www.leedsfilm.com/film-festivals/leeds-international-film-festival/liff-2019-programme/

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