Leeds International Film Festival 2023

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How To Have Sex How To Have Sex
How To Have Sex and Kidnapped
All Of Us Strangers (Country: US, UK; Year: 2023; Director: Andrew Haigh; Writer: Andrew Haigh, Taichi Yamada; Stars: Jamie Bell, Paul Mescal, Andrew Scott, Claire Foy, Cameron Ashplant, Guy Robbins, Zachary Timmis, Jack Cronin, Christian Di Sciullo, Jack Pallister, Victoria Walker, Oliver Franks, Carolina Van Wyhe, Lincoln R. Beckett, Gsus Lopez)
A screenwriter embarks on a relationship with a neighbour at the same time as making a journey into his troubled past.
Anatomy Of A Fall (Anatomie D'une Chute) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Justine Triet; Writer: Arthur Harari, Justine Triet; Stars: Sandra Hüller, Samuel Theis, Swann Arlaud, Jehnny Beth, Milo Machado Graner, Antoine Reinartz)
A woman is accused of her husband's murder.
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.
Evil Does Not Exist (Country: Japan; Year: 2023; Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi; Writer: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi; Stars: Hitoshi Omika, Ayaka Shibutani, Ryûji Kosaka, Rei Nishikawa)
A rural village faces disruption from the construction of a glamping site for Tokyo tourists.
Fallen Leaves (Kuolleet Lehdet) (Country: Finland; Year: 2023; Director: Aki Kaurismäki; Writer: Aki Kaurismäki; Stars: Alma Pöysti, Jussi Vatanen)
The course of potential love does not run smooth for a shelf-stacker and a metal worker.
Samsara Samsara
Samsara and Evil Does Not Exist
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.
How To Have Sex (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Molly Manning Walker; Writer: Molly Manning Walker; Stars: Mia McKenna Bruce, Lara Peake, Shaun Thomas, Sam Bottomley, Enva Lewis, Laura Ambler)
Three friends contend with peer pressure in their decision to “do it”.
Inshallah A Boy (Inshallah Walad) (Country: Jordan; Year: 2023; Director: Amjad Al Rasheed; Writer: Delphine Agut, Rula Nasser, Amjad Al Rasheed; Stars: Mouna Hawa)
A mother fights for her rights in a partriachal system after her husband's death.
In Camera (Year: 2022; Director: Naqqash Kahlid; Writer: Naqqash Khalid; Stars: Nabhaan Rizwan, Amir El-Masry, Rory Fleck Byrne)
An actor struggles with the various roles he is juggling in life.
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.
The Queen Of My Dreams The Queen Of My Dreams
The Queen Of My Dreams and Toll
Kidnapped (Rapito) (Country: Italy, France, Germany; Year: 2023; Director: Marco Bellocchio; Writer: Marco Bellocchio, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Edoardo Albinati; Stars: Enea Sala, Leonardo Maltese, Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi, Filippo Timi)
In 1858, a six-year-old Jewish boy is forcibly seized from his family by the Catholic church.
Mutt (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Vuk Lungulov-Klotz; Writer: Vuk Lungulov-Klotz; Stars: Lío Mehiel, Cole Doman, MiMi Ryder, Alejandro Goic)
Over the course of a single hectic day in New York City, three people from Feña's past are thrust back into his life. Having lost touch since transitioning from female to male, he navigates the new dynamics of old relationships while tackling the day-to-day challenges of living life in between.
The Queen Of My Dreams (Country: Canada, Pakistan; Year: 2023; Director: Fawzia Mirza; Writer: Fawzia Mirza; Stars: Amrit Kaur, Nimra Bucha, Hamza Haq, Charlie Boyle, Trina Corkum)
Against the backdrop of a shared obsession with Bollywood fantasy, Mariam, a Pakistani Muslim woman, and her Canadian-born daughter Azra come of age in two different eras.
Samsara (Country: Spain; Year: 2023; Director: Lois Patiño; Writer: Lois Patiño; Stars: Amid Keomany, Toumor Xiong, Simone Milavanh, Mariam Vuaa Mtego, Juwairiya Idrisa Uwesu)
Samsara is the Buddhist cycle of death and reincarnation. From the temples of Laos, alongside with teenage monks, we will accompany a soul in its transit from one body to another through the bardo.
The Taste Of Things (La Passion De Dodin Bouffant, The Pot-au-Feu) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Trân Anh Hùng; Writer: Trần Anh Hùng; Stars: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Magimel, Pierre Gagnaire)
The story of Eugenie, an esteemed cook, and Dodin, the fine gourmet she has been working for over the last 20 years.
Anatomy Of A Fall Anatomy Of A Fall
Anatomy Of A Fall and The Taste Of Things
Tiger Stripes (Country: Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Germany, Netherlands, Indonesia, Qatar; Year: 2023; Director: Amanda Nell Eu)
A carefree 11-year-old girl begins to experience horrifying physical changes to her body.
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.
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