Madly explores love in all its permutations in six short films from a vibrant group of filmmakers representing Japan, Argentina, the UK, the US, India, and Australia. All forms of love are on display in this anthology. And all manners of feelings expressed from jubilance to depression are done so strongly. In Afterbirth, actress Mia Wasikowska goes behind the camera to tell the story of a young mother’s postpartum struggles; Gael García Bernal explores how pregnancy affects one couple’s already ambivalent relationship in Love of My Life; and ghosts of past relationships are resurrected in Natasha Khan’s I Do. These stories of love never shy away from taboo either: Sion Sono’s Love of Love delves into underground sex clubs in Japan, and Anurag Kashyap’s Clean Shaven uncovers the social relevance of a woman’s pubic hair. Love can even be delightfully irreverent at moments, Dance Dance Dance from Sebastian Silva features an eye-roll from Jesus. Madly, after all, is a contemporary portrait of love in all its glorious, sad, ecstatic, empowering, and erotic manifestations.
Actress Mia Wasikowska made her directing debut with Long, Clear View. Anurag Kashyap directed one of the highest rated Bollywood films, Gangs of Wasseypur. One of Latin America’s greatest talents, Gael García Bernal made his directorial debut with Déficit. Japanese indie legend Sion Sono has been a filmmaker for over three decades. Sebastian Silva won the Grand Jury Award at Sundance for The Maid. The musical genius behind Bat for Lashes, Natasha Khan is making her directorial debut in Madly.