A total of 15 Taiwanese films are set to feature at this year's Queer East Film Festival in London from Sep. 15 to 26. This year's festival presents a diverse Asian queer narrative, rethinking the meaning of "family" and highlighting innovative contemporary works, whilst also giving UK audiences the chance to watch some classic LGBTQ+ cinema from the region.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture, the festival will screen recent Taiwanese works such as the experimental feature "Days (日子)" from Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮), Zero Chou (周美玲)'s "Secrets of 1979 (弓蕉園的秘," and "Miss Andy (迷失安迪)" by Teddy Chin (陳立謙). Mou Tun-fei (牟敦芾)'s "The End of the Track(跑道終點)," a heart-breaking piece of cinema which was banned by Taiwan's authoritarian government in 1970, is also set to hit the silver screen.
The festival will include several shorts from Taiwan - Su Hui-Yu (蘇匯宇)'s visual artwork "The Women's Revenge (女性的復仇)," whilst works from new directors, such as Tsai Chia-hsuan (蔡佳璇)'s "Moving in Between (游移之身)" and Weng Yu-tong (翁語彤)'s "Undercurrent (宵禁)," will be screened in conjunction with feature films on similar topics. The festival will close with Cheng Yu-chieh (鄭有傑)'s portrayal of an unconditional family in a Taiwan that has legalised same-sex marriage, "Dear Tenant (親愛的房客)."
Director Tsai will be attending a live online filmmakers Q&A session, whilst Zero Zhou and Yu-Chieh Cheng will be greeting audiences with pre-recorded videos before screenings. There will also be three group panels featuring an online dialogue with Taiwanese directors and the founder of the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival, among others.