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The coast near Cannes is far removed from the canals and Corn Exchange of Leeds. But at this time of year they feel a little closer, what with Yorkshire’s biggest city hosting the UK’s third largest International Film Festival at the moment.

We already pointed you to Leeds’ 24th cinematic celebration on this blog, but now the time has finally arrived we couldn’t help but give another heads up. After all, it’s not just the final major European movie event of the year, it’s also widely regarded as the best audience focused event in the country. So there’s no better time to book a short break in this fine city.

Events began last week, with Tom Hooper’s acclaimed George IV biopic, The King’s Speech. A sell out well before the screening, if you missed the chance to get tickets, then perhaps booking accomodation in Leeds for the weekend of November 20th is a good idea. A second showing will take place at Hyde Park Picture House, conveniently located close to Roomzzz City West.

Away from historic dramas, and onto more oddball antics, the critically lauded Cravendale-style animation, A Town Called Panic, has its final moment of glory on Tuesday November 9th, at Leeds Town Hall. We highly recommend this film, after all, the story- which follows madcap characters on the hunt for the perfect home- is close to our hearts.

Other highlights over the next seven days include Stanley Kubrick’s 50-years-on-and-still-hilarious Dr Strangelove, or How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, which needs little introduction before it screens tonight and Wednesday. And further reasons to visit this week can be found in Anton ‘Control’ Corbijin’s eagerly anticipated George Clooney thriller, The American. You can catch that on Thursday 11th and Saturday 13th, again at Hyde Park Picture House.

Our serviced apartments offer the ideal accomodation to use as a base while taking in your selection from the hundreds of screenings taking place during this 18 day showcase. Both Roomzzz sites are close to all city centre and district venues, so simply download a festival programme, then contact Roomzzz Central Reservations and turn your cinematic stay into a luxury city break.

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