The 2nd Queer East Film Festival is happening this week, and the lineup of films is as diverse as the people who love them. Here are six films you shouldn’t miss at one of Toronto’s most LGBTQ-friendly film festivals.
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These are six films you shouldn’t miss at the 2nd Queer East Film Festival, which will take place in theaters throughout London from September 15th to 26th, 2021.
– Films to Watch –
Naoko Ogigami’s Close-Knit – Japan | 2017 – 127 minutes Section: Japan in Focus
Tomo, a schoolgirl, has a tumultuous relationship with her mother Hiromi, who one day abandons her to pursue a guy. Tomo is left on her alone and goes to her uncle’s apartment, where she discovers him living with his gorgeous transsexual lover Rinko. Rinko is kind and accepting, and Tomo realizes that this is how a family should be. The three of them adapt to a new way of life, but is society ready to accept their happiness? Close-Knit, directed by Naoko Ogigami, is a sympathetic depiction of family life that has received a slew of accolades, including the Teddy Jury Award and Panorama Crowd Award at the 67th Berlinale, as well as audience honors at the Udine Far East Film Festival. (2021 QEFF)
Monday, September 20th, 2021 | 6:15 pm | Curzon Hoxton
Hajime Tsuda’s Daughters – Japan | 2020 – 104 minutes Section: Japan in Focus
Daughters is about two young ladies named Koharu and Ayano who share a flat in Tokyo. They are inseparable and just care about having a good time. But their lives are turned upside down when Ayano unexpectedly gets pregnant. She has no idea who the father is, but she chooses to have the child anyway. Koharu decides to stay by Ayano’s side and support her, but the pregnancy progressively changes their lifestyle and puts their relationship to the test. Daughters, which follows the lives of two women in a committed relationship for 10 months, raises questions about what a family should be and if a film has to include LGBT stories to offer an alternative queer viewpoint. (2021 QEFF)
Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 | Genesis Cinema | 6:30 p.m.
Section: Focus Taiwan by Tsai Ming-Liang – Taiwan, France | 2020 – 127 minutes
Kang lives alone in a large home with a view of the wind- and rain-battered trees. Non lives in a tiny Bangkok apartment where he meticulously cooks traditional meals from his hometown. When Kang and Non meet, their sorrow and loneliness are soothed by soft caresses as they find solace in each other. The experimental film from acclaimed director Tsai Ming-Liang pushes the limits of abstract reality, reducing his delicate cinematic language to its purest form. Days received a number of prizes at various film festivals, including the Teddy Jury Award at the 70th Berlinale. Kang is portrayed by Lee Kang-Sheng, who enables us to connect with the passage of time in all of its meticulous richness once again. (2021 QEFF)
Date and time of screening: September 19th, 2021 | Sunday | Curzon Soho | 12:00 pm
Yu-Chieh Cheng’s Dear Tenant – Taiwan | 2020 – 112 minutes Section: Focus Taiwan
Mr. Lin is a tenant in Mrs. Chou’s rooftop flat, which she owns despite the fact that she has late-stage diabetes. Lin assists with her everyday requirements and cares for her orphaned nine-year-old grandson, Yo-Yu. When Yo-uncle Yu’s comes to Taiwan, however, he finds that the flat has been officially transferred to the little child whom Lin has legally adopted. The scene is prepared for a confrontation that reveals a side of the apparently ideal tenant that was previously unknown. Dear Tenant is a touching depiction of unconditional love that asks if Taiwanese society is ready to accommodate families that defy traditional patterns after the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2019. This cinema financial smash received three Golden Horse Awards, including one for actor Mo Tzu-outstanding Yi’s performance.
Date: Sunday, September 26th, 2021 | Genesis Cinema | 5:50 p.m.
Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell – Japan | 1995 – 82 minutes Section: Focus Japan
This 1995 animated film, adapted from Masamune Shirow’s manga, is regarded as a classic in the field of animation. In 2029, humans and technology have become so interwoven that individuals may transfer their mind into synthetic bodies, as shown in Ghost in the Shell. Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg policeman, is in charge of a special police security squad charged with hunting down “ghost hackers,” criminals who can secretly tap into other people’s bodies and brains. Ghost in the Shell has been praised for its reversal of conventional gender norms and portrayal of fluid sexuality. It imagines a world in which sexual reproduction has given place to mechanical duplication. Mamoru Oshii’s film is a magnificent work of action filmmaking that is both a high-octane adventure and a philosophical study on what it means to be human. (2021) (QAFF) (QAFF) (QAFF) (QAFF)
Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 | The Lexi Cinema | 8:45 p.m.
Teddy Chin’s Miss Andy – Taiwan, Malaysia | 2020 – 108 minutes Taiwan Focused Section
Evon, previously known as Andy, a transsexual woman residing in Malaysia, is the subject of Miss Andy. She is prejudiced in a culture that limits LGBTQ+ liberties since she transitioned late in life after losing her marriage, career, and family. Evon’s life seems to be dismal until she meets an illegal migrant worker and her kid, who are on the run with nowhere to go and no one to care for them. Evon gives them a place to stay, and her relationship with the couple gradually transforms her life as she develops the courage to trust others. Lee-Zen Lee gives an excellent performance in Teddy Chin’s dramatic, sad picture, which underlines the value of little acts of kindness. (2021 QEFF)
Date: Saturday, September 25th, 2021 | Genesis Cinema | 9:00 p.m.
Please visit https://queereast.org.uk for more details.
The following is information about the festival: The Queer East Film Festival is an LGBTQ+ film festival that features queer filmmaking from East and Southeast Asia that is seldom seen. The festival examines the factors that have created the contemporary LGBT environment in Asia and seeks to promote more inclusive narratives, with the goal of amplifying the voices of Asian communities in the UK.
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