1991 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 22' 00

FIRST COMES LOVE is like a stretched-out number from a musical, with four perfectly choreographed traditional weddings, set to a schizoid yet amusing medley of popular love songs. The celebratory atmosphere is interrupted midway through to remind us that many countries still refuse to legitimize homosexual unions. Singing and dancing resume until the happy couples leave, leaving behind a dwindling crowd and altar boys gently sweeping the rice from the sidewalks like snow.
The film makes no attempt to defend or discredit the institution of marriage. On the contrary, it brings out the emotions surrounding this event, as well as the ethical questions it raises in gay and straight couples alike.
"Elegant and uncluttered... Throughout the film, the filmmaker maintains a graceful distance, crafting a critique that doesn't condescend to the reality and true emotions she captures. Friedrich, a virtuoso of clarity, reframes the personal as political and intimately shares her point with the audience."
–Manohla Dargis.


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
rental fee 90,00 €

distribution format DCP on server (SMPTE 2K)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 30 fps
sound sound
rental fee 90,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (SD)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound sound
rental fee 90,00 €