Anchor and Hope
Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Spain, 111 Minutes
Eva and Kat’s carefree world is turned upside down when Eva presents Kat with an ultimatum: she wants a child. Is their unconventional lifestyle possible with a baby? This charmingly different comedy explores the intricacies of love, relationships, and what it means to be a family.
Kat and her girlfriend Eva live in bohemian bliss on their London barge, floating to a new mooring every couple of weeks. Kat (Natalia Tena, Game of Thrones, The L Word) is content with the status quo, but Eva (Oona Chaplin, Game of Thrones) wants a baby. The fortuitous arrival of Kat’s straight pal Roger, in addition to too much tequila, conquers Kat’s doubts—at least momentarily.
Anchor and Hope starts as a raucous, ribald comedy of manners and becomes more thoughtful without ever losing its de touch. The writing is sharp and the performances are stellar. Chaplin gives a layered performance as a woman working hard to ignore the ris in her relationship, and Chaplin’s real-life mother, Geraldine, is an added bonus as Eva’s ex-hippie mom, Germaine. Award-winning director Carlos Marques-Marcet makes fine use of London’s canals in this not-for-tourists view of the city. The gritty but romantic setting is the final touch on an ideal romcom: funny, sweet, and sad, with a trio of characters like real people (only cuter, hipper, and having more sex).
Director: Adrienne Levy, USA, 4 Minutes
Kylie, a heterosexual falls in love with Liz, an out lesbian. Although their love for each other is passionate and true, Kylie’s fear of coming out overpowers the relationship and ultimately leads to its demise. This short is written by (and stars) Indianapolis native Liz Baxter, based on a true-life event. You might have seen Liz on Fox’s Love Connection with Andy Cohen last season.