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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?

Tim Robey

Love Gala

A Bigger SplashA Bigger Splash

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).

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Naomi Kawase’s tale of a diner cook whose life is transformed by a sweet but stubborn septuagenarian is both lyrical and affecting.

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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.

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A boxer and an actress enter into a subtle non-verbal relationship on the sunny streets of Bucharest.

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Couple in a HoleCouple in a Hole

Forest-dwelling love endures underground in Tom Geens’ odd and beautiful drama.

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Departure Departure

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.

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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.

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A group of women in Lagos want everything but are each challenged in a society riven by gender imbalance.

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Gayby BabyGayby Baby

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.

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Hand GesturesHand Gestures

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.

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Heart of a DogHeart of a Dog

Renowned multidisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson’s deeply moving reflection on love, death and language inspired by her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle.

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Excellent, thought-provoking documentary about a game-changing film interview – and why Hitchcock remains so influential.

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I Am BelfastI Am Belfast

A dreamlike evocation of Belfast with a powerful soundtrack by great Belfast DJ and film composer David Holmes.

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In the RoomIn the Room

A Singapore hotel room plays host to the love stories of its international guests through the decades.

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Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own WordsIngrid Bergman – In Her Own Words

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.

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James WhiteJames White

An aspiring New York writer comes to terms with life – and death.

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Kiss Me KateKiss Me Kate

Shakespeare, vaudeville and men-in-tights: Cole Porter’s greatest musical is transformed into a big screen 3D extravaganza.

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A tender portrait of two women in rural Chile, between magic spells and mechanics.

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My Golden DaysMy Golden Days

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.

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My Love, Don’t Cross That RiverMy Love, Don’t Cross That River

A warm and tender exploration of a 76-year marriage in South Korea.

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My Skinny SisterMy Skinny Sister

An intimate account of how one family member’s eating disorder can have a profound impact on everyone.

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Our Little SisterOur Little Sister

Three sister’s take in a younger sibling when their father dies, in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s lovely drama.

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The Romantic ExilesThe Romantic Exiles

A trio of Spanish dreamers head to Paris in a camper van in search of adventures in this delightfully ironic Rohmer-infused feature.

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A Tale of Three CitiesA Tale of Three Cities

Jackie Chan’s parents lived through turbulent times. This glorious wartime romance sweeps through 1930s China as their love must survive many tests.

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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.

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Two friends are reunited when one of them announces he is in the advanced stages of cancer.

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Valley of LoveValley of Love

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.

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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.

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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.

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Virgin MountainVirgin Mountain

Is there a love out there big enough to accommodate the gentle charms of Fúsi, the man mountain?

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Short films programme

The Scent of Fish SauceFilms of Love and Devotion

It may seem to be a worn-out old cliché, but it’s undeniable that the course of true love never did run smooth. The films collected here offer some reasons as to why.

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