LIFF30 Day Summary - Sunday 6th November - Aquatic reptiles and abandoned buildings
The rest of my day could have gone one of two ways: either my first choice of heading to Left Bank for a double bill of documentaries; or my back-up plan to stay at the Town Hall for another Animation Day offering before catching one of my most anticipated of the festival, Under The Shadow, which I could also see on Monday. It all depended on buses, thus leaving matters ultimately in the hands of the gods of public transport. As the bus was awaiting my embarkment when I arrived at the stop, I took that as a clear sign for me to head to Left Bank, so off I went.
Homo Sapiens had been specifically chosen to tie in with the exhibition, consisting of footage from similarly abandoned spaces and buildings around the world. It's clearly a film which won't be for everyone, and some of the locations chosen had more impact than others, but overall it proved fascinating and a film I was very glad to have been able to see. Paris Tower 13 continued the theme in some respects, documenting an empty tower block in Paris which was transformed into a makeshift gallery for the work of over a hundred street artists throughout the year before its demolition. The film's director Thomas Lallier was in attendance to answer questions following the screening, providing further insight into both his film and the project itself. Three films and one short watched, a new venue experienced, a director Q&A and buses being nice to me: I'd call that a good day, wouldn't you?
The 30th Leeds International Film Festival runs from 3rd-17th November 2016 at thirty venues across the city, including Hyde Park Picture House and Leeds Town Hall. Tickets and more information are available via the official LIFF website.