The backbone of the whole LIAF mission. We’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,600 entries to put together a series of screenings that showcase the best 126 new films across 10 competitive programmes.
This programme takes a look at all aspects of emotion – love and hate, sadness, anxiety and confusion. Subjects range from four women talking candidly about the nitty-gritty of their first loves and fumbling attempts at sexual expression, an ode to a lost age of internet love, the bizarre connection between a man, a woman, a snail and a fly and several other little gems.
At Barbican book tickets
Summers Puke is Winters Delight (Sawako Kabuki, Japan)
Painful events become memories over time. This deliriously explicit film is truly demented, but with a serious core buried deep within its delightful insanity.
Lovestreams (Sean Buckelew, USA)
An ode to a lost age of internet love.
My Mum’s Bonkers (Naomi Van Niekerk, South Africa)
My mum’s bonkers. Out of one eye she cries Puccini, out of the other she reprimands me.
First Hand Memories (Haruka Umemura, Japan)
A girl looks at her surrounding world through a core of toilet paper.
The Bridge over the River (Jadwiga Kowalska, Switzerland)
A man on a bridge, separated from the love of his life. Wanting to be with her one last time, he decides to go and seek her in the hereafter.
Hucho Hucho (Juan Carve, Uruguay)
J tells his grandson about the huchen – a fish that returns to the exact place where it was born after years of travelling the sea. Now it’s time to say goodbye and do the same thing.
69 Sec (Laura Nicolas, Belgium)
A depiction of love as geometric shape. Stylish, sexy.
Out of Internal Worlds (Helen Unt, Estonia)
A fly rubs its hands together. A man and a woman, inside and out, balanced within and between each other. The fly takes flight, slugs move. The fly buzzes.
Moczarski’s Case (Tomasz Siwiński, Poland)
The true story of the encounter between a resistance officer under Nazi-occupied Poland during WW2 and a Nazi general, Jurgen Stroop, the liquidator of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Under Mirabeau Bridge (Marjorie Caup, France)
Under the Mirabeau Bridge flows the River Seine and our love.
Link (Robert Loebel, Germany)
Two characters are linked by their hair, influencing each other by every move they make.
Last Summer, in the Garden (Bekky O’Neil, Canada)
I Like Girls (Diane Obomsawin, Canada)