Films in Love
Sweet, passionate, tough – love is a complex and many splendoured thing.
Dir Călin Peter Netzer | Romania-Germany-France
Therapy, dreams and Nietzsche all play into this Romanian drama from the director of Child’s Pose, where an intense relationship is put under the microscope.
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Dir Carlos Marques-Marcet | Spain-UK
A smart, funny, London film about love and its discontents as a lesbian couple’s relationship is tested when a friend comes to stay.
Read more about Anchor and Hope
Dir-Scr Naoko Ogigami | Japan
A subtle and surprising Japanese family drama that places a transwoman’s desire for motherhood at its core, with bittersweet results.
Read more about Close-Knit
Dir-Prod-Scr Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken | Norway
Mum’s gone. Work’s gone tits up. Dad’s got his dress on. It’s time to hit the road.
Read more about Going West
Dir-Scr Alex Ross Perry | USA
Chloë Sevigny, Adam Horovitz and Jason Schwartzman head the cast of Alex Ross Perry’s finely tuned drama with a sting in its tail.
Read more about Golden Exits
Dir-Scr Maïte Alberdi | Chile-Netherlands-France
Love and sex are movingly explored in this tender documentary about older adults with Down Syndrome in Chile, longing for more independence.
Read more about The Grown-Ups
Dir John Cameron Mitchell | UK
Nicole Kidman is punk svengali Queen Boadicea and Elle Fanning is an intergalactic megababe in this cosmic Neil Gaiman adaptation directed by John Cameron Mitchell.
Read more about How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Dir Ida Panahandeh | Iran
Sensitive Iranian drama of thwarted romance and familial responsibility.
Read more about Israfil
Dir Claire Denis | France
Director Claire Denis gives a wry account of an artist’s search for love, in this witty black comedy starring Juliette Binoche.
Read more about Let the Sunshine In
Dir-Prod-Scr Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | UK
A glorious love story and grand cosmic adventure wrapped up in a single masterpiece – courtesy of the twin geniuses of British cinema, Powell and Pressburger.
Read more about A Matter of Life and Death
Dir-Scr Mikko Makela | Finland-UK
The world’s troubles recede, at least for a moment, in this intimate drama about an affair between a Finnish man and a Syrian immigrant.
Read more about A Moment in the Reeds
Dir-Scr Hong Sangsoo | South Korea
Kim Minhee is luminous as a woman who retreats to Hamburg to recover from a broken heart in Hong Sangsoo’s bold tribute to bruised romantics.
Read more about On the Beach at Night Alone
Dir-Scr Stephen Cone | USA
Stephen Cone’s emotionally rich character study embodies the languor and hope of that special point in summer when everything feels possible.
Read more about Princess Cyd
Dir-Prod Carlo Guillermo Proto | Canada-Chile
A family of blind buskers in Montreal attempt to come to terms with the loss of a loved one in this poignant award-winning documentary.
Read more about Resurrecting Hassan
Dir Kate Hickey | Australia-USA
The trailblazers of Venice Beach’s roller-dancing scene give an exhilarating glimpse into a stone-cold awesome moment in history, and the system attempting to crush it.
Read more about Roller Dreams
Dir-Scr Damon Cardasis | USA
New York queer and trans teens of colour find love, music and happiness in Damon Cardasis’ heart-warming lo-fi musical.
Read more about Saturday Church
Dir David Gordon Green | USA
A rousing story of strength and survival from acclaimed filmmaker David Gordon Green.
Read more about Stronger
Dir-Scr Jan Zabeil | Germany-Italy
Diverging ideas on love and fatherhood drive this captivating thriller, as a mountainside vacation designed for family bonding descends into a fight for survival.
Read more about Three Peaks
Short films programme
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.
Read more aboutLike a Heartbeat Drives You Mad