Anchor and Hope

Contemporary World Cinema | 2017 | 112 minutes

SIFF Says:

After his debut feature film 10.000 KM (SIFF, 2014) became an international success, Carlos Marques-Marcet returns with this alternative dark rom-com about diverging needs in a relationship. Young gay couple Kat (Natalia Tena, the HARRY POTTER series) and Eva (Oona Chaplin, “Game of Thrones”) enjoy a simple bohemian existence on a tightly packed riverboat chugging its way along London’s channels, a life inspired in no small part by Eva’s former commune-living mother. Enter Roger, Kat’s jovial bumbling friend from Barcelona who, along with his good humor, also brings sperm (his “little fishies”) needed to create a human that Kat herself can’t provide. A hasty drunken agreement is made, some little fishies are artificially inseminated, and Eva’s long-awaited pregnancy begins. One problem: No one—not a boat remodeler, nor a part-time salsa instructor, nor a general vagabond, is sure of what role they want or are capable of playing in the baby’s life, their confidence waning to dire levels as the gravitas of a child looms large. Smart yet accessible, Kat and Eva’s emotional trip offers a genuine meditation on modern love and family.

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Film Credits
Carlos Marques-Marcet
Natalia Tena, Oona Chaplin, David Verdaguer, Geraldine Chaplin
SIFF 2018