Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2016
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 82 minutes


Does true love exist? If so, can it survive seemingly insurmountable challenges? The absorbing hybrid documentary LOVETRUE illuminates different kinds of love—familial, romantic, and creative—and how these bonds grow stronger (or collapse) over time. In Alaska, naïve dreamer Blake worries she’ll get stuck working as a stripper, especially after she falls for her ambitious boyfriend Joel. Bohemian Hawaiian surf enthusiast Coconut Willie is serious about being a good dad to his toddler son, even though he struggles with anger toward his cheating ex. And in New York City, talented singer-songwriter Victory Boyd wrestles with questions of faith, fidelity, and hope after her parents’ marriage implodes due to her father’s indiscretions. LOVETRUE uses surrealistic flourishes, such as a fellow dancer dubbed “Older Blake” who vocalizes the younger Blake’s hopes and fears, to add disorienting complexity to its big questions. In the end, each person’s vignette crescendos to a resolution—and although not everyone experiences a happy ending, LOVETRUE’s subjects face the future with dogged optimism. —A.Z.

CIFF41 Screenings

Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 7:50 PM

Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 3:00 PM

New Direction Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Alma Har'el

Alma Har'el was born and raised in Israel. She also edits and produces. Har'el began her career as a video DJ and later directed music videos for Sigur Rós, Beirut, and The Rolling Stones. She has also filmed commercials for Airbnb and Stella Artois and worked as the Global Creative Director at RYOT.

"Paul Smith: The Reddest Herring" (2008), "Bombay Beach" (2011), LOVETRUE (2016)

Alma Har'el, Christopher Leggett, Rafael Marmor, Rhea Scott

Alma Har'el

Terry Yates, Alma Har'el

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