Leeds International Film Festival 2023

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Sultana's Dream Sultana's Dream
Sultana's Dream and Melk
Chronicles Of A Wandering Saint (Country: Argentina, US; Year: 2023; Director: Tomas Gomez Bustillo; Writer: Tomas Gomez Bustillo; Stars: Monica Villa, Horacio Marassi, Pablo Moseinco, Silvia Mackenzie, Noemi Ron, Silvia Porro, Hernan Bustamante, Dahyana Turkie, Iair Said)
In the tiny town of Santa Rita lives Rita, an elderly chapel keeper. She and the women in her church group are in constant competition to see who is the most saintly. But no matter how many times she polishes the chapel floors, her effort is always overlooked. One day, in one of the back rooms, she stumbles upon the town’s beloved statue of Santa Rita, believed to have been stolen decades ago, and decides to stage a miracle.
The Feeling That The Time For Doing Something Has Passed (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Joanne Arnow; Writer: Joanne Arnow)
A fragmented, experiential look at the life of a woman as time passes in her long-term casual BDSM relationship, low-level corporate job, and quarrelsome Jewish family.
I Used To Be Funny (Country: Canada; Year: 2023; Director: Ally Pankiw; Writer: Ally Pankiw; Stars: Rachel Sennott, Olga Petsa, Jason Jones, Sabrina Jalees, Caleb Hearon, Ennis Esmer, Dani Kind)
An aspiring stand-up comedian and au pair struggling with PTSD considers whether or not to join the search for a missing teenage girl she used to nanny.
Melk (Milk) (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2023; Director: Stefanie Kolk; Writer: Stefanie Kolk, Nena van Driel; Stars: Frieda Barnhard, Jules Elting, Wimie Wilhelm, Marleen Scholten, Arnoud Bos, Hans Ligtvoet, Murat Toker, Aleksej Ovsiannikov, Dolores Leeuwin, Ruth Sahertian, Christophe Lowie, Monique Heijmink-Wiegman, Tanja Rozeboom, Charles Verhoeff, Maren Jebbink)
A mum who has lost her baby tries to work through her grief as she attempts to donate her milk.
La Palisiada (Country: Ukraine; Year: 2023; Director: Philip Sotnychenko; Writer: Alina Panasenko, Philip Sotnychenko; Stars: Cast: Novruz Hikmet, Andrii Zhurba, Valeriia Oleinykova, Olena Mamchur, Oleksandr Parkhomenko, Oleksander Malieiev)
Two old friends, a detective and psychiatrist, investigate a murder of their colleague.
Toll Toll
Toll and La Palisiada
Sira (Country: Burkina Faso, France, Germany, Senegal; Year: 2023; Director: Apolline Traoré; Stars: Nafissatou Cissé, Mike Danon, Lazare Minoungou, Nathalie Vairac, Ruth Werner)
After a brutal attack, a young nomad refuses to surrender to her fate without a fight and instead takes a stand against Islamist terror. A feminist counterpoint to current reporting from the Sahel region.
Sultana's Dream (El Sueno De La Sultana) (Country: Germany, Spain; Year: 2023; Director: Isabel Herguera; Writer: Isabel Herguera, Gianmarco Serra; Stars: Mary Beard, Paul B. Preciado, Roberto Bessi, Miren Arrieta, Nausheen Javeed, Ranjitha Rajeevan, Miren Gabilondo, Debjani Mukherjee)
Taking her inspiration from a feminist sci-fi short story written in Bengal in 1905, Inés sets out on a voyage of discovery around India in search of Ladyland, the Utopian land of women.
Toll (Pedágio) (Country: Brazil, Portugal; Year: 2022; Director: Carolina Markowicz; Writer: Carolina Markowicz; Stars: Maeve Jinkings, Thomas Aquino, Isac Graça, Caio Macedo, Aline Marta Maia, Kauan Alvarenga)
Suellen, a toll booth attendant, realises she can use her job to raise some extra money illegally. But this is only for a noble cause: to send her son to an expensive gay conversion workshop led by a renowned foreign priest.
The Zone Of Interest (Country: UK, Poland, US; Year: 2023; Director: Jonathan Glazer; Writer: Jonathan Glazer, based on the book by Martin Amis; Stars: Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel, Ralph Herforth, Max Beck, Stephanie Petrowitz, Marie Rose Tietjen)
The daily lives of the Höss family outside the walls of Auschwitz.

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