When tomboy Lola (Zaira Romero) meets glamorous Carmen (Rosy Rodríguez), sparks fly. There’s one problem: Carmen is engaged to Lola’s cousin Rafa. Meanwhile, Lola’s stern father has plans to marry off his daughter at the earliest opportunity. Nevertheless, the young women grow increasingly close while working at the local market, where Lola’s family sell fruit and vegetables and Carmen’s have an antiques stall. When marriage is viewed as the single most important thing a woman can aspire to, the relationship these two women envisage may not quite fit the values of a patriarchal society.
With its lean, resonant script and impressive performances by Romero and Rodríguez, this gritty exploration of the emotional terrain of first love is a heartfelt directorial debut by Arantxa Echevarría.
Romance 2020 81 mins Director: Rachel Hirons
Alexandra Roach (Utopia) and George MacKay (1917) play a couple hopelessly navigating the world of millennial dating, in Rachel Hirons’ distinctly filthy and cringe-heavy comedy.
Drama 2020 101 mins Director: Bruce Labruce
A young man with a fetish for himself, a mother he thought was dead and a twin brother he knew nothing about.
Comedy 2021 105 mins Director: Jacques Audiard
Jacques Audiard ventures into new territory with a vibrant take on love and Paris, as four characters cross amorous paths in the modern city.
Comedy 2021 103 mins Director: Marley Morrison
AJ discovers it’s not so bad being on a family holiday when she meets flirtatious lifeguard Isla in this smart and funny first feature.
Drama 2021 121 mins Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
A triptych of charming romantic mishaps from Ryusuke Hamaguchi, director of the Oscar and Bafta-nominated Drive My Car.
BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival Presents
Drama 2021 70 mins Director: Daniel Sánchez López
Two young men fall for each other over the course of a single day in this disarmingly tender debut from director Daniel Sánchez López.
Biopic 2020 118 mins Director: Francis Lee
Francis Lee follows up God’s Own Country with a film that is every bit as immersive, tactile and emotionally powerful, aided by the devastatingly good Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.
Romance 2021 81 mins Director: Stelios Kammitsis
Picturesque drama about the familial ties that bind us, the boys that catch our eye, and the twists and turns that lead us home.
Drama 2019 91 mins Director: Laurent Micheli
Tender exploration of family relationships and identity as Lola, a young transgender girl, embarks on a journey with her estranged father to scatter her mother’s ashes.
Documentary 2021 95 mins
An immersive profile of ground-breaking and influential choreographer and founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Comedy 2021 120 mins
Javier Bardem is a beleaguered Spanish factory boss in ruthless pursuit of winning an award for excellence in this waspish corporate comedy.
Documentary 2021 76 mins Director: Lee Cooper
An intimate portrait of ageing and friendship, we follow David Raven as he dons his sequins and eyelashes to prepare for a special birthday performance as ‘Maisie Trollette’, Britain’s Oldest Performing Drag Artiste.
Fantasy 2017 133 mins Director: Terry Gilliam
Two decades in the making, Terry Gilliam’s wildly imaginative Cervantes adaptation is finally with us, and it’s everything we have come to expect from this visionary filmmaker.
Comedy 2022 97 mins Director: Sophie Hyde
Nancy Stokes (Emma Thompson), a retired school teacher and widow, is yearning for adventure and really good sex, in comedian Katy Brand’s witty drama.
Thriller 2021 96 mins Director: Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith
In Charlotte Colbert’s strikingly gothic film, an ageing actor recovering from a mastectomy taps into a mysterious power at a remote Scottish retreat.
Drama 2021 102 mins Director: Harry Wootliff
Ruth Wilson is at her best in this compelling drama about a lonely woman whose life is changed by Tom Burke, the dangerous stranger who offers something different.