The Slovenia Times

Ljubljana International Film Festival

Nov 8 - Nov 19

The 34th Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) will show 89 feature-length films and 14 shorts with a special section dedicated to Argentinian cinema.

The programme includes the latest from great auteurs, such as Wim Wenders and Pedro Almodovar, and this year's winners of all major European film festivals.

Another highlight will be Priscilla, a new film by Sofia Coppola depicting the life of Priscilla Presley and her relationship with the King of Rock and Roll, and the fans of Woody Allen's work can look forward to Coup de Chance, his first film in French.

The festival will open with Guardians of the Formula, a film by Serbian director Dragan Bjelogrlić about two scientists in a race for survival during the Cold War, and wrap up with Almodovar's Strange Way of Life, his 30-minute take on the Western genre.

Apart from Argentinian contemporary cinema, one section will be dedicated to Italian political film, a genre where film maker Francesco Rosi led the way in the 1960s and 1970s.

Competing for the Kingfisher, the festival's main prize, will be ten films by young directors, of which four are women.

The Spanish film 20,000 Species of Bees is one of them, telling the story of a transgender girl. Sofia Otero, who portrays her in the film, is the youngest person to win the Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance at the Berlin Film Festival to date.

There is also a special segment dedicated to children or those young at heart, and sections focusing on cinema worldwide and the best films chosen by audiences in the Network of Festivals in the Adriatic Region, plus workshops, talks with filmmakers and other events.

The festival is taking place at several venues, including Cankarjev Dom and the art cinema Kinodvor. A selection of films will also be screened in Maribor, Novo Mesto and Celje. A part of the programme will be available to watch online.

For full programme and tickets, click here.