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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long)

Ang Lee  |   Taiwan, Hong Kong, United States, China
Action, Historical, Romance

Set against 19th-century China’s breathtaking landscape, this action-packed, box office smash from acclaimed director Ang Lee features stunning martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix).


Fairy Folk

Karan Gour  |   India
English, Hindi  
Comedy, Romance, Sex and Sexuality

A shapeshifting creature upends the lives of a squabbling couple seeking to rekindle their romance in this utterly unique and delightfully off-kilter fable that explores notions of gender, love, and longing.


Falcon Lake

Charlotte Le Bon  |   Canada, France
English, French  
Coming of Age, Mystery, Romance

A 14-year-old boy vacationing with his family in rural Quebec falls for a rebellious older girl in this tenderly-observed, haunting rumination on first love.


My Policeman

Michael Grandage  |   United Kingdom, United States
Historical, LGBTQ, Romance

A tale of forbidden romance and changing social conventions that follows the relationships between three people—and their emotional journey spanning decades.


My Sailor, My Love

Klaus Härö  |   Finland, Ireland
Drama, Family Affairs, Romance

A retired sea captain’s strained relationship with his adult daughter is further tested when he embarks on a new romance with a widowed housekeeper.


One Fine Morning (Un Beau Matin)

Mia Hansen-Løve  |   France
Romance, Sex and Sexuality, Women Centered

From Cannes winner Mia Hansen-Løve comes this engrossing story of a young widow whose friendship with a married friend soon blossoms into a passionate love affair.


Return to Dust

Li Ruijun  |   China
Drama, Romance, Social Commentary

A surprisingly tender bond develops between two social outcasts in this sweeping meditation on the joys and sorrows of life on the margins in rural China.


Under the Fig Trees

Erige Sehiri  |   Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar
Coming of Age, Drama, Romance

A day in the Tunisian fig harvest: fruit pickers young and old gossip, squabble, flirt and reminisce, seeking connection and reflecting on love and life in this sun-dappled slice of life.