Films in Love
Sweet, passionate, tough – love is a complex and many splendoured thing.
Let’s celebrate the many forms of love – between childhood friends in Truman, ex-partners in The Valley of Love, a single mother and her son in James White, same-sex parents in Gayby Baby and a quartet of young women with a blood tie in Our Little Sister. Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or-winner Dheepan has a makeshift family trying to cement their bonds, while the real one in Svetla Tsotsorkova’s Thirst is tested to breaking point by dehydration. Meanwhile, decisions must be made in Viaje and The Romantic Exiles, which question the permanence of amorous bliss. Is love fleeting or does it last forever?
In the Sicilian sunshine, a rock star, her lover, a producer and his daughter meet in this sizzling drama from Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love).
Naomi Kawase’s tale of a diner cook whose life is transformed by a sweet but stubborn septuagenarian is both lyrical and affecting.
A young Johannesburg woman inherits a struggling garage and sets about transforming it into a business that reflects the city’s new, youthful and hip environment.
A boxer and an actress enter into a subtle non-verbal relationship on the sunny streets of Bucharest.
Forest-dwelling love endures underground in Tom Geens’ odd and beautiful drama.
When a young man and his mother clear away their French country house, the last thing he expects to find in the sleepy village is romance.
Jacques Audiard’s soul-stirring Palme d’Or winner tells of a makeshift Sri Lankan family fighting for their livelihood in Paris, and eventually for their lives.
A group of women in Lagos want everything but are each challenged in a society riven by gender imbalance.
Four delightfully astute, amusing and articulate Australian children describe their lives with same-sex parents in an insightful and heart-warming account of modern families.
A visually engrossing observational study of an Italian artist and his craftsmen in the process of creating a bronze sculpture in an historic Milanese foundry.
Renowned multidisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson’s deeply moving reflection on love, death and language inspired by her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle.
Excellent, thought-provoking documentary about a game-changing film interview – and why Hitchcock remains so influential.
A dreamlike evocation of Belfast with a powerful soundtrack by great Belfast DJ and film composer David Holmes.
A Singapore hotel room plays host to the love stories of its international guests through the decades.
A personal portrait of Ingrid Bergman crafted from her unique home-movie footage, with insightful contributions from family and collaborators including Isabella Rossellini and Liv Ullman.
Shakespeare, vaudeville and men-in-tights: Cole Porter’s greatest musical is transformed into a big screen 3D extravaganza.
Mathieu Amalric’s everyman hero revisits all his yesterdays, and especially his lost loves, in Arnaud Desplechin’s elegant, haunting essay on love, youth and memory.
A warm and tender exploration of a 76-year marriage in South Korea.
An intimate account of how one family member’s eating disorder can have a profound impact on everyone.
Three sister’s take in a younger sibling when their father dies, in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s lovely drama.
A trio of Spanish dreamers head to Paris in a camper van in search of adventures in this delightfully ironic Rohmer-infused feature.
Jackie Chan’s parents lived through turbulent times. This glorious wartime romance sweeps through 1930s China as their love must survive many tests.
A mother, father, and son live in a house overlooking a small town in Bulgaria. When a man and his daughter join them to drill for water, an unexpected drama develops.
Two friends are reunited when one of them announces he is in the advanced stages of cancer.
French screen legends Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu are reunited in this moody, moving duet about a former couple looking for reconciliation in Nevada’s Death Valley.
Restored at last, this great Weimar silent about a circus acrobat caught in the grip of an erotic obsession is renowned for its breathtaking cinematography.
Costa Rican director Paz Fábrega offers an original take on the boy meets girl scenario, playfully capturing the dizzy, intoxicating early days of a new relationship.
Is there a love out there big enough to accommodate the gentle charms of Fúsi, the man mountain?