Program 10: Anchor and Hope (Tierra firme)
Directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet
One of the most refreshing things about Anchor and Hope is that sexual orientation isn’t really a plot point. Nobody comes out. There are no homophobic characters or issues. It’s essentially a romantic comedy/drama that happens to feature a lesbian couple rather than a straight one. A breath of fresh air, truly.
Kat (Natalia Tena, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Eva (Oona Chaplin, Game of Thrones) are a long-term couple living on their houseboat and traveling the canals of London. They’ve got an easy comradery and a healthy respect for one another. But Eva is restless, worried something’s missing. They’ve discussed the possibility of having a child in the past, and it was never the right time. But Eva hears her biological clock ticking – loudly – and they broach the subject once again.
Enter Roger (David Verdaguer), Kat’s childhood friend who comes to stay on the boat with them for a few weeks. Roger is a partier and well-versed in hook-ups and one-night-stands, but he’s got a great sense of humor, a big heart and he loves Kat and Eva so much that he offers to be their sperm donor. The perfect solution! Everything seems great until Eva actually becomes pregnant and Kat begins to question whether a happy little family unit is really what she wants.
Director Carlos Marques-Marcet does a beautiful job of putting us right into the lives of these people: the close quarters of the houseboat, the calm earthiness of the canals, the small towns where stops are made, and the quirky folks met along the way. We feel like we’re right there, a part of it all as we watch this very likable trio try to figure out life and ultimately realize that sometimes the only course of action is just to drop anchor and hope it all works out.
— Georgia Beers
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- ASECAN AWARD, BEST FILM – Seville European Film Festival
- GAUDI AWARD, BEST NON-CATALAN LANGUAGE FILM – Catalan Film Academy
- GAUDI AWARD, BEST MALE LEAD (David Verdaguer) – Catalan Film Academy
- AUDIENCE AWARD, BEST FEMALE FEATURE – Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam LGBTQ Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Frameline San Francisco Int’l LGBTQ Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – BFI Flare London LGBTQ+ Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – OUTshine Miami LGBT Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – SXSW Film Festival