Leeds International Film Festival at HPPH
3rd-19th November 2023
About Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF)
What films are screening at HPPH?
Full details of all the LIFF films showing at the Picture House are available via the festival's website.
Are there ads & trailers before LIFF films?
No, there are no ads and trailers, so make sure to arrive promptly at your seat before the advertised start time. We usually open doors at least 20min before the film starts, and earlier if we can. If you'd like to arrive early, you're welcome to use and wait in our new Café Bar.
Can I buy tickets from HPPH?
Tickets are sold in advance through the festival via their website. However, during the festival, our original ticket booth at the front of the building will be home to a temporary LIFF box office, allowing you to buy tickets on the door.
How do I know the certificate of LIFF films?
If the certificate is not specified on the LIFF website, that means it is suitable for audiences of 18 and above.
How are HPPH and LIFF different?
Leeds International Film Festival is a separate organisation to the Hyde Park Picture House. The festival team look after all of the programming, marketing and running of the film festival. HPPH are a proud venue partner for LIFF, with our front of house and projection teams helping with the delivery of the festival.
Highlights at HPPH
Below you'll find details of some of the screening taking place at HPPH between the 3rd – 19th November.
THE LADY VANISHES
Fri 03 Nov • 14:00
Alfred Hitchcock’s second-to-last British film before setting sail for Hollywood, The Lady Vanishes is one of Hitchcock’s most delightfully crafty thrillers.
LA BÊTE HUMAINE
Fri 03 Nov • 16:15
Based on the classic Émile Zola novel, Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine was one of the legendary director’s greatest popular successes, released in France in 1938 and tapping into the fatalism of a nation in despair.
Sat 04 Nov • 8:45 • Free breakfast screening
An American student (Ethan Hawke) strikes up a conversation on a train with a young Parisian woman (Julie Delpy) while travelling by Eurail in Austria. On the spur of the moment, he invites her to spend the day with him in Vienna, and a casual acquaintance becomes something more profound.
HOW TO HAVE SEX
Sat 04 Nov • 17:45
Molly Manning Walker’s gritty debut is a vital exploration of the nuances of consent and the societal pressures imposed on teenagers.
ROBOT DREAMS + ARTS ACTIVITY FROM THOUGHT BUBBLE
Sun 05 Nov • 10:30 (relaxed screening) • 13:00
A delightfully light and joyful animated feature. Both screenings will be accompanied after by art activities from the team at Thought Bubble, the UK's largest comic arts festival.
WHITE PLASTIC SKY
Sun 05 Nov • 15:30
White Plastic Sky is a deeply moving dystopian epic that deals head-on with the climate emergency threatening life on Earth while also marvelling at the beauty of the world we might lose.
Sun 05 Nov • 20:30
London’s legendary Scala cinema becomes immortalised in this riotous documentary that lovingly captures its youthful punk spirit.
ANATOMY OF A FALL
Mon 06 Nov • 20:00
In the snowy French Alps a man falls to his death from an upper-storey window. There are no apparent witnesses but some evidence that suggests foul play.
GOODBYE, DRAGON INN
Fri 10 Nov • 14:00
Tsai Ming Liang’s modern classic is shot entirely in a crumbling old Taipei cinema that’s about to close its doors for the last time.
Fri 10 Nov • 16:00
Cinema Laika is a beautiful documentary about a cinematic passion project. In a small village 45 miles north of Helsinki, the Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki and his friend, the poet and writer, Mika Lätti construct their own cinema within an old foundry.
PICTURES OF GHOSTS + PANEL DISCUSSION
Fri 10 Nov • 18:00
Kleber Mendonça Filho pays homage to the lost cinemas of his hometown, Recife, in this poetic and personal documentary. This screening will be followed by a panel on cinema futures, discussing the effects of streaming platforms in national and international contexts.
ZAZIE DANS LE MÉTRO
Sat 11 Nov • 9:00 • Free breakfast screening
Zany and anarchic comedy from Louis Malle. In this most freewheeling of French New Wave films and Malle’s first in dazzling colour, precocious ten-year-old Zazie (Catherine Demongeot) comes to Paris for a whirlwind weekend with her rakish uncle (Philippe Noiret).
DAY OF THE DEAD
Sat 11 Nov • 13:00
Day of the Dead 2023 has a fantastic line-up of four acclaimed and very different new horror films, Raging Grace, The Funeral, Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person and Red Rooms.
MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM
Sun 12 Nov • 13:00
A landmark of queer cinema, Leontine Sagan’s 1931 classic Mädchen in Uniform is a nuanced and tender depiction of a girl who develops romantic feelings for her boarding schoolteacher. This screening is part of two events celebrating the legendary film programmer of the Academy cinema, Elsie Cohen, and will be preceded by a short talk from researcher and festival programmer Alice Miller.
ALL OF US STRANGERS
Mon 13 Nov • 20:30
The latest film from Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years) is a sensual melodrama about love and loss with inventive touches of magical realism and a killer 80s synth pop soundtrack.
MUTINY IN HEAVEN: THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
Tue 14 Nov • 20:30
Mutiny in Heaven profiles one of the greatest cult rock bands of all time, Melbourne’s The Birthday Party. Interviews with all the surviving members including famous frontman, Nick Cave, are spliced with unseen archive footage as the film traces the young band’s roots in Australia, their initially ill fated defection to London and eventual chaotic success.
Wed 15 Nov • 20:30
The latest comedy drama from acclaimed director Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways), The Holdovers is one of the year’s new film highlights. Set in the early 1970s, The Holdovers follows a grumpy instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go.
Thu 16 Nov • 20:30
The great Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki returns with Fallen Leaves, a sublime love story told with his customary deadpan wit and flawless visual style.
NIGHT OF THE DEAD
Fri 17 Nov • 23:00
Sun 19 Nov • 17:30
Winner of Best Director at Sundance Film Festival 2023, Marija Kavtaradzė’s second feature is a beautifully tender exploration of sexuality, intimacy and communication, and one of this year’s standout romantic dramas.