Films in Love
Sweet, passionate, tough – love is a complex and many splendoured thing.
Dir-Scr Barry Jenkins | USA
Barry Jenkins follows his Oscar-winning Moonlight with an audacious, distinctive and assured adaptation of James Baldwin’s account of love, injustice and racism in America.
Read more about If Beale Street Could Talk
Dir-Prod Philippe Faucon | France
Philippe Faucon’s understated drama is a subtle and tender evocation of a friendship that develops between a lonely Senegalese immigrant and a French divorcée.
Read more about Amin
Dir Ryusuke Hamaguchi | Japan-France
Do we ever really get over our first love? Asako is about to find out, in this quirky romantic drama with a dash of the uncanny.
Read more about Asako I & II
Dir-Scr-Prod Azadi R Moghadam | Iran
Running a dating agency for single men and women in search of love, Mrs Sadri and her team face the challenges of brokering marriages in contemporary Iran.
Read more about The Broker
Dir-Scr Arantxa Echevarría | Spain
Two teenage girls from a close-knit Roma community fall in love in this fresh and affecting coming-of-age romance from Spanish director Arantxa Echevarría.
Read more about Carmen and Lola
Dir Laura Bispuri | Italy-Germany-Switzerland
This powerful, Sardinian-set drama details the tug of love between two mothers, one biological and the other adoptive, as they fight over their young daughter.
Read more about Daughter of Mine
Dir Thomas Stuber | Germany
Toni Erdmann star Sandra Hüller returns to the screen in this poetic workplace romance, set in the seemingly banal universe of a wholesale supermarket.
Read more about In the Aisles
Dir Iain Cunningham | UK
How do you paint a portrait of someone whose existence has been a family secret? Iain Cunningham does the detective work to uncover his own mother’s story.
Read more about Irene’s Ghost
Dir-Scr Nijla Mumin | USA
A black LA teenager is torn between traditional Islam and notoriety for becoming the popular #HalalHottie in this powerful take on identity and sexuality.
Read more about Jinn
Dir-Scr Shin Dong-seok | South Korea
Writer-director Shin Dong-seok delivers a devastating debut, an emotionally wrenching family drama that heralds a serious new voice in cinema.
Read more about Last Child
Dir Yim Soon-rye | South Korea
A young woman jettisons city life for a rural existence, producing a lot of mouthwatering food along the way in this charming take on the quarter-life crisis.
Read more about Little Forest
Dir Hikaru Toda | UK-Japan-France
Hikaru Toda’s involving documentary reveals the hidden side of Japanese society, highlighting the diverse human-rights work done by the country’s first LGBT law firm.
Read more about Of Love & Law
Dir-Scr Susana Nobre | Portugal-France
This generous and soothing portrait depicts the early days of parenthood, as a mother engages in caring for her newborn daughter.
Read more about Ordinary Time
Dir-Scr John Butler | USA-Ireland
Matt Bomer plays a heartbroken Los Angeles weatherman trying to fill the void left by his Latino ex-boyfriend, in this cross-cultural comedy drama.
Read more about Papi Chulo
Dir-Scr Jean-Paul Civeyrac | France
Oh, to be young, intense, romantic and profoundly cinephilic – Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s drama captures it all, in a story of a filmmaker’s years of apprenticeship.
Read more about A Paris Education
Dir Leena Yadav | India
In Old Delhi, a father decides to get his teenage son’s attention by posing as a pretty girl on social media.
Read more about Rajma Chawal
Dir Ali Jaberansari | Iran-UK-Netherlands
Pitch-perfect deadpan humour helps paint a picture of Tehran as you’ve never seen it before, heralding an exciting new voice in contemporary Iranian cinema.
Read more about Tehran: City of Love
Dir Morgan Neville | USA
A critical and commercial success in the US, this entrancing documentary focuses on Fred Rogers, the beloved children’s TV presenter who redefined entertainment for the young.
Read more about Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
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