Hilarious WW2 satire will headline Leeds Film Festival

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A black comedy which shows a lonely boy’s imaginary friendship with Hitler will be screened at the forthcoming Leeds Film Festival.

Jojo Rabbit boasts a top level cast including Scarlett Johansson as the boy’s mothe, who unbeknown to him, is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.

Lucky festival audiences will get to see the film before it goes on general release.

With a variety of triple A, independent and foreign films to boast, there is something for every film fanatic to enjoy.

The annual event will be taking place in venues across the city, including Leeds Town Hall, Hyde Park Picture House and Everyman Leeds to name a few.

The festival is set to open with Rocks on Wednesday November 6, at the Town Hall.

Directed by Sarah Gavron, known for 2015’s Suffragette, Rocks tells the story of a British teenager who fights to protect herself and her younger brother from being taken into care in her mother’s absence.

Featured at British Film Institute’s London Film Festival, the film stands out in that it was produced by a 75% female cast and crew, and is told from a largely female perspective.

Director, writer and cast attending the Rocks Premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival 2019 held at the Odeon Luxe, London (Image: PA)

LIFF 2019 is set to be hit with zombie-fever with many of this year’s films focusing on stories of the undead.

Many of these films are being shown as part of the Night of the Dead Fanathon event on Friday, 15 November, at Hyde Park Picture House, beginning with Italian politically-charged zombie flick Go Home at 10pm.

Night of the Dead runs through the night into the early hours of Saturday, with individual horror shorts interjecting the main features.

If Night of the Dead doesn’t give you enough of your horror fix, be sure to check out Little Monsters starring Black Panther and Us actor Lupita Nyong’o, showing at the Town Hall on 9 and 12 November.

Little Monsters premiere (Image: Getty Images)

The festival will always be showing popular classic films on the big screen such as Mad Max: Fury Road and Lawrence of Arabia.

It wouldn’t be LIFF without a whole host of short film awards. The popular Short Film Audience Award event is set for November 8 at 4.30pm.

The free event will allow audiences to view a selection of shorts and subsequently vote on their favourite. The winning film will be shown alongside the other award winners at the Everyman Leeds on 20th November.

With short and indie films taking up much of the festival’s programme, LIFF 2019 will also play host to a number of high-profile films.

Oscar-tipped The Lighthouse, starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, can be seen by Leeds audiences on November 15, as well as Taika Waititi’s World War Two satire, Jojo Rabbit on November 21, prior to their UK theatrical releases. The second of which marks the end of this year’s festival, as the closing film.

Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis in the film JOJO RABBIT

Tickets for Leeds International Film Festival 2019 can be bought by ringing 0113 376 0318, in person from the box office at Leeds Town Hall or online at: https://www.leedsfilm.com/film-festivals/leeds-international-film-festival/liff-2019-programme/

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