Director: Emily Harris and Ate de Jong
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: UK, Netherlands
Running Time: 101 min
Sponsored by: Debra Felman and David Warshal
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Sharing the quirky undertones of the 2009 hit, (500) Days of Summer, LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER shines as a Romeo and Juliet story for the modern age with a touch of prickly humor.
When Arthur (Johnny Flynn), a working class wannabe artist, first meets Vida (Lydia Wilson), a wealthy Jewish cellist, sparks fly. As Vida and Arthur’s relationship grows more serious, however, so too do the complications posed by their very different upbringings. Taking the next step in their relationship, the giddy lovers move in together, knowing that their families are not exactly convinced they have made the right choice.
Peppered with quirky animated sequences and an indie soundtrack that hits all the right notes, LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER does not fall short in realism as it explores the dynamics of this inter-faith couple’s sincere attempts to make it work in contemporary London. Flynn and Wilson deliver terrific performances as the star-crossed lovers, alongside a solid supporting cast that includes Olivier Award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply) and Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones).
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Special Guests: Ate de Jong, co-director of Love Is Thicker Than Water.
For Fans of: (500) Days of Summer, British cinema, Drop Dead Fred, Johnny Flynn, indies, rom-coms
Official Selection: Chicago International Film Festival, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Toronto Jewish Film Festival, and Washington Jewish Film Festival
Reviews: “Joyful, funny and utterly compelling.” (Stephen Fry)
A young woman attends a Jewish dating event dressed in religious garb with the hope of getting married to an Orthodox Jew and discovers that she’s not the only one in disguise.
Official Selection: Boston Jewish Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival, Nashville Jewish Film Festival, Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival, Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Washington Jewish Film Festival, and Warsaw Jewish Film Festival