Open your heart to that most intoxicating of emotions, as the BFI's UK-wide celebration of LOVE comes to Watershed, with a season full of films and events to make you fall in love with cinema all over again...
Lovers, libertines and the lovesick - join us from October onwards to rekindle old flames and embrace new ones. From classic big screen romances like Casablanca and Brief Encounter to the crazed burning passion of True Romance and contemporary clinches such as Blue Is The Warmest Colour there's a love story waiting for you this Autumn.
Take a look at what's in store below - from late night screenings to family friendly films and workshops, one thing's for sure, it's going to be an affair to remember.
LOVE is Like... Late Nights | Fridays in October
Experience the full spectrum of emotions with this season of late night sensory cinema, curated by Watershed’s Future Producers 2015 - from the playfulness and joy of Amélie (Fri 2 Oct, 23:00), to the tempestuous affairs of Adèle in Blue is The Warmest Colour (Fri 16 Oct, 23:00) and the flush of first love with Let The Right One In (Fri 30 Oct, 23:00). Reignite your love affair with cinema and ask yourself - can love give you inner strength (Punch Drunk Love - Fri 9 Oct, 23:00) and in this digital age, can a computer touch your heart (Her, Fri 23 Oct, 23:00)?
Watch and Weep Brunches | Sundays in November
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine...
Get swept off your feet and into the arms of some of cinema's finest love stories - each set against the backdrop of history - with a Sunday Brunch season of screenings where you'll definitely need a tissue or two.
Discover (or rediscover) some of cinema's most enduring love stories from Rick and Ilsa's timeless rekindled love in Casablanca and Scarlett and Rhet's tempestuously torrid affair in Gone With the Wind to Lisa and Stefan's unrequited pain in Letter From an Unknown Woman to Peter and June's heavenly romance where love is A Matter of Life and Death and Omar and Johnny's groundbreaking love story in My Beautiful Laundrette.
Stranger Than LOVE - Jim Jarmusch Late Night Double Bill | Fri 27 Nov
Explore what one of America's most singular independent filmmakers, Jim Jarmusch, has to say about the universal theme of love in a deliciously droll double bill of two of his finest films, Mystery Train and Night on Earth. Plus a night of wild rhythm and vlues in the Café/Bar! Curated by Julia Morrish, UWE MA Curation student on placement at Watershed.
LOVE Family Arts Festival | Fri 23 Oct - Sun 1 Nov
As part of the Family Arts Festival - a nationwide celebration of the arts especially for family audiences - we'll be screening Inside Out during October half term for you and your little loved ones. Don't forget to join us on Sun 1 Nov for a free Love Tea Dance with a Difference where you can connect with Inside Out's themes of love and positive mental health in a fun and playful way. With colourful, interactive arts and technology games and activities suitable for all the family, just drop-in for as long or as little as you like!
Three From The Heart | November
Fall in love once again (or perhaps for the first time) with three reissued classics that are returning to the big screen. See two sides of David Lean with both his achingly intimate tale of repressed romance in buttoned up middle-class England (Brief Encounter, Fri 6 - Sun 8 Nov) and his sweeping historical epic set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution (Doctor Zhivago, from Fri 27 Nov for at least one week), plus explore the darker corners of cinema's little black book with the acid cocktail of amour fou that is Tony Scott's True Romance (Fri 20 - Sun 22 Nov).
Wings of Desire | Sun 1 Nov at 20:30
Wim Wenders' hauntingly beautiful cinematic poem to the divided city of Berlin, guardian angels and the tragic beauty of falling in love is an event that absolutely cannot be missed on the big screen. Venues across the UK will be joining in a shared celebration of this angelic masterpiece. Preceded by a specially recorded audio piece from Tut Vu Vu and Kathryn Elkin.
Afrika Eye Film Festival | November
Afrika Eye - the South West's biggest celebration of African cinema and culture - returns to Watershed from Fri 13 - Sun 15 Nov for another great lineup of screenings, talks, debates, live music and workshops. The three LOVE events as part of the festival are Hyenas (Fri 13 Nov, 20:00), Cairo Station (Sat 14 Nov, 15:20) and Price of Love (Sun 15 Nov, 11:00).
These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.