10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Love & Friendship (2016 Feature Film)

Marisol Gómez Mouakad | Puerto Rico, Mexico | 2016 | color | DCP | 90 min | Spanish, English | e.s.

Cheerful, effervescent Jane Austen film – and this time not an Austen that has been filmed countless times. A free adaptation of Lady Susan, a novella about a pretty widow who shakes up the lives of everyone around her in a villainous way. Fresh acting, spirited writing.

They say forewarned is forearmed. But however many bad stories Reginald De Courcy (Xavier Samuel) has heard about Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), as soon as she moves in as a guest with his sister and brother-in-law, he falls irredeemably for her charms. His sister Catherine has to look on resignedly as Reginald is taken in by the much older widow, who is well known for her manipulative and adulterous behaviour. Love & Friendship is the ironic title of this cheerfully venomous love satire based on Jane Austen’s never-previously-filmed novella in letters, Lady Susan. While Susan makes up clever plans with her American best friend, Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), the men in her life remain blind to her cunning behaviour. The American Whit Stillman (Damsels in Distress, The Last Days of Disco) gives a sizzling impulse to this very British story set in the late 18th century. A villainous, up-tempo period piece full of pleasure.

Place: CINEMA 1

Date: 7 April 2016

Time: 14:15

Duration: 1:30

Place: CINEMA 1

Date: 8 April 2016

Time: 22:30

Duration: 1:30

Place: CINEMA 1

Date: 10 April 2016

Time: 17:00

Duration: 1:45

Year in



Whit Stillman


Richard van Oosterhout


Kate Beckinsale
Chloë Sevigny
Xavier Samuel
Emma Greenwell
Tom Bennett
Stephen Fry
Jemma Redgrave




Sophie Corra




94 min


Mark Suozzo


Katie Holly
Louranne Bourrachot
Raymond van der Kaaij

Production Company

Blinder Films Ltd.
Chic Films
Revolver Amsterdam

Production Design

Anna Rackard


Protagonist Pictures


Whit Stillman
based on the novella by Jane Austen

Year of Production


Whit STILLMAN (1952, USA) is a writer, producer and director who has fulfilled those functions for all of his features. He started his career as a journalist for magazines and newspapers, including Village Voice, The Guardian and Vogue, before taking his first steps to becoming a filmmaker. His first feature, Metropolitan (1990), was welcomed with an Oscar nomination, after which he produced his second movie, Barcelona, in 1994 and his third, The Last Days of Disco in 1998, which he also wrote a novel about. After thirteen years of silence he made the film Damsels in Distress (2011). Love & Friendship (2016) is his fifth feature film.



Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), Homicide: Life on the Street (1996, TV series, 1 episode: The Heart of a Saturday Night), The Last Days of Disco (1998), Damsels in Distress (2011), The Cosmopolitan (2014, TV series, 1 episode: Pilot), Love & Friendship (2016)