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Like a Heartbeat Drives You Mad

Challenging, troubling, uneasy – that’s what love can be. Stories of disapproving parents, difficult love and traumatic break-ups are all part of life in this selection of films from around the world, which explore the dark side of love in romantic and familial relationships.

Programmed by Aga Baranowska | Total running time 109min

Films in this programme
  • Image from Lice

    Lice

  • Image from Retouch

    Retouch

  • Image from Slap Happy

    Slap Happy

  • Image from The Full Story

    The Full Story

  • Image from Family Happiness

    Family Happiness

  • Image from Goddess

    Goddess

  • Image from British by the Grace of God

    British by the Grace of God

  • Image from In White

    In White

Film 1

Lice

Kinim

Ela and her mum have a quiet night at home until Ela’s father stops by their house without warning.

Dir Daniel Wiesmen. Israel 2016. 10min

Film 2

Retouch

Maryam’s average morning takes an unexpected turn when her husband decides to exercise at home. Suddenly, she is faced with a life-changing decision.

Dir Kaveh Mazaheri. Iran 2017. 20min

Film 3

Slap Happy

A couple constantly push the line between being comfortable with and abusive towards each other, resulting in an unexpected outcome.

Dir Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli. Canada 2017. 11min

Festival guests

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  • Dusty Mancinelli, Director; Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Director

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Film 4

The Full Story

Memories of a father’s affair, family break-up and sibling rivalry come back full force in this life-size animation from Oscar®-nominated and BAFTA-winning director, Daisy Jacobs.

Dir Daisy Jacobs. UK 2017. 8min

Festival guests

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  • Daisy Jacobs, Director; Christopher Wilder, Co-Director

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Film 5

Family Happiness

A portrait of two siblings and their bond as they explore painful childhood memories, unhappy relationships and the complexities of adult life. Featuring Ben Whishaw and Alice Englert.

Dir Alice Englert. Australia 2016. 15min

Film 6

Goddess

Devi

Rebellious young Tara flirts with her maid Devi. Faced with contemporary India’s strict social norms, their attraction redefines who they both are.

Dir Karishma Dube. India-USA 2016. 13min

Trailer
Festival guests

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  • Karishma Dube, Director

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Film 7

British by the Grace of God

Middle-aged Irene doesn’t have an easy life with her emotionally cold husband and reclusive son. Still she tries to make the best of her situation. Featuring Kate Dickie.

Dir Sean Robert Dunn. UK-USA-UAE 2017. 16min

Festival guests

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  • Sean Dunn, Director

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Film 8

In White

Bil Abyad

Lara returns to Beirut for her father’s funeral to find her controlling mother displeased with her love and life choices.

Dir Dania Bdeir. Lebanon 2017. 16min

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Dania Bdeir, Director; Maria Achkar, Cast

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