Leeds goes Back to the Future for film festival

There’s a strong science fiction element in the line-up for this year’s Leeds Film Festival, with a hand-picked selection of classic SF, Japanese anime and more in the top 20 listings.
The festival kicked off on November 3 and runs until November 21. Offerings include a newly reconstructed and restored version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 SF classic, Metropolis, including 25 minutes of rediscovered footage. This is a movie that was way ahead of its time, and has had a huge influence on science fiction cinema for more than 80 years.

More recent futuristic flicks will include Mardock Scramble, the European premiere of a dazzling new Japanese anime set in a dystopic underworld, and Evangelion:2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, part two of a sequence of animated films in which giant robots and their teenage handlers battle shape-shifting alien monsters.
But it’s not all rockets and robots. There are also showings of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest , with Swedish actor Noomi Rapace reprising her role as goth-hacker-investigator Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film version of the late Stieg Larsson’s phenomenally popular novel (currently being remade by US director David Fincher, though Rapace and co-star Michael Nyqvist will be a hard act to follow).

To see the rest of the Leeds Film Festival’s top 20 most sought after tickets for the 2010 event, visit yorkshire.com

There’s more animation at the National Media Museum in Bradford (November 9-13), when the UK’s longest-running and biggest animated film festival brings new releases and world-class talents to the city for the Bradford Animation Festival. Among the guests will be Pixar’s Paul Mendoza, talking about his work as one of the team behind The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Cars, while the spin-off BAF Game 2010 strand will explore the creative world of video games.
While fantasy and SF play in Leeds and Bradford, Sheffield Doc/Fest (November 4-9) strikes a more serious note, with five days that celebrate the art and business of documentary making . Doc/Fest has become a world-class forum for documentary film-makers, and this year’s event features 120 films from 45 countries and 250 guest speakers.

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