Magazine article Screen International

Love Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Love Film Festival

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Dirs: Manuela Dias, Juancho Cardona, Vinicius Coimbra, Bruno Safadi. Brazil-Colombia. 2014. 100mins

An engagingly freewheeling love-story, spanning continents and years, Love Film Festival plays perfectly into the programming hands of film festivals around the world. A love tortuous love affair set against the back drop a series of film festivals, the film is directed in sections by different directors, but united by the lead performances by Leandra Leal and Manolo Cardona as film-makers who struggle to keep up their affair as films and other partners come into the equation.

It is a film that engages in parts, stutters in others, but rather bravely aims to be a fully-fledged and rather old-fashioned romantic drama.

The film, which premiered at the Rio Film Festival, may paint a slightly rosy picture of the world of short film festivals - all love, lust, romance, booze and walking in slow motion through beautiful night-time streets apparently - but the balance between ego, art, love and romance does ring true, plus the delightful Leandra Leal (so good in Wolf At The Door) brings some real class to the proceedings.

Filmed in four countries - Portugal, Brazil, Colombia and the United States -, this movie is a documentary about fictional characters. It tells the story of Lucy and Adrian, respectively a Brazilian scriptwriter and a Colombian actor/filmmaker, who fall in love at a film festival in 2009. They have a love affair over six years, always meeting at film festivals around the world.

Their on-off relationship begins (directed by Vinicius Coimbra) in 2009 in Porto, Portugal, for the 13th annual Portuguese-Brazilian short film festival where they spot each other having a lonely solo dinner. Soon they are spending time together, talking films - he loves Park Chan-wook - and taking selfies (old-fashioned style with a real camera) and gradually falling in lustful and romantic love.

The film then switches to 2010 (with this section directed by Bruno Safadi) and the 20th Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival. Things are now tense between the couple - she had spent time with him in Bogota, but he was busy making his film (and tending the needs of his lead actress) to pay her appropriate attention. …

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