What we’re flipping through.
It’s 2012 and photographer Valentina Rosselli is living with her lover, Theo Steen, in Milan. She’s been with him for a year but refuses to commit to anything more than what they already have. When she is offered a photography assignment to capture people involved in a shadier form of desire, she goes into a world that reveals parts of her she never knew existed. In 1929 Venice, Belle, an alter ego of a socialite, plays out her fantasies by leading a secret life of a courtesan. Decades set them apart but little do Valentina and Belle know that their lives are intertwined.
A Hundred Flowers
The year is 1957 and the place is China. Chairman Mao is in power and has declared a new openness in society: The intellectuals fear it a trick and Sheng, a teacher, has promised his wife Kai Ying that he will not jeopardise their family’s safety. One morning before their son Tao’s sixth birthday, Sheng is taken away and sent to labour camp for writing a letter criticising the Communist Party. A year later, Sheng is still not home and Kai Ying struggles to hold her family together while members of her household hide guilty secrets and fight to find peace in a world where order is falling.