From Signe Baumane, director of Rocks in My Pockets, comes a new award-winning animated feature about a spirited young woman determined to find love in the bewildering world. My Love Affair With Marriage follows Zelma on her 23-year quest for perfect love and lasting marriage set against a backdrop of historic events in Eastern Europe.
Told from a woman’s point of view, the film blends historical, biological, societal, and emotional arcs with a lively sense of humor and musical numbers. This animated film for adults tackles the issues of love, gender norms, domestic violence, fantasies and toxic relationships to propel a woman's journey toward independence and liberation.
Starring the Voices of
and Matthew Modine as Bo
with 23 other top theater, film, and TV actors
My Love Affair With Marriage premiered at Tribeca Festival in June 2022 and went on to screen at over 100 film festivals around the world winning 25 awards. The film is available in a number of European countries and has been released in North America through 8 Above. Director Signe Baumane made a 20-city tour around the U.S. presenting the film to audiences, holding Q&As and giving away original drawings from the film. See Screenings Page for cities, dates and filmmaker appearances.
The film was considered for the 2024 Academy Awards in three categories:
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Original Score - Kristian Sensini, music; Signe Baumane, lyrics
Best Original Song - Kristian Sensini, music; Signe Baumane, lyrics;
Storm Large, singer
What they are saying about
My Love Affair With Marriage:
"Written and directed with wild imagination... It’s a moody, unpredictable tale of love and loss, stuffed with vivid metaphors, Soviet period detail and pedagogical sequences about the physiology of love. The glue holding these disparate pieces together is the film’s gloriously tactile aesthetic... it is remarkably beautiful." - The New York Times
"The nine years between Baumane’s first feature and this one speak to the work involved in making a non-CG animated film, and the fundraising needed when operating outside the studio system (the credits thank 1,685 individual backers). With its fine mix of dark humor, healthy anger and self-compassion, this portrait of the artist as a young woman is the work of an inspired filmmaker, and it was worth the wait." - The Hollywood Reporter
"Funny, moving, and visually stunning throughout" - RogerEbert.com
"One of the best female resistance films of the year" - HuffPost
"A joyfully exuberant piece of work that manages to conduct some serious examination of human behavior whilst always being nothing less than gloriously entertaining." - Cineuropa
"A masterclass in human behavior" - Cartoon Brew
“My Love Affair With Marriage is an incredibly detailed animated feature chronicling the life of one young woman, and it also just so happens to be one of the best films of the year.” - Caillou Pettis Movie Reviews|
"Both poignant and deeply funny in the way only the best films can be. This animated feature film is a must watch" - Animation for Adults
"An outstanding feminist film that will undoubtedly win over audiences everywhere.“ - ReelNewsDaily
"A feast of independent animation production... a narrative complex miracle... Unmissable." - Zippy Frames
“Un voyage fantastique au centre du corps humain” - Le Monde
Writer, Director, Animator Signe Baumane
Storm Large sings Lion / My Love Affair With Marriage
with clips from the film.
The complete Soundtrack Album
of "My Love Affair With Marriage" on Spotify:
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