There are three unavoidable realities in New York City – death, taxes and real estate. Directed by Richard Loncraine (Wimbledon, Richard III) Ruth & Alex confronts the third of those inevitabilities in Brooklyn, the hipsters’ paradise of today.

Without an elevator, Alex, a painter, struggles to climb the stairs to their apartment, and they face the dreaded prospect of finding a new place to live. Their long farewell puts a human face on a real household stuck in New York’s real estate frenzy.