Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2021

Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre  
Date: 2021.09.20 - 2021.09.25
Price: Standard ticket: $85. Tickets are now available at URBTIX 
Screening Schedule:
20/9 (Mon) 8pm Spider Lilies*
23/9 (Thu) 8pm Wrath of Desire*
24/9 (Fri) 8pm Splendid Float*
25/9 (Sat) 7pm Drifting Flowers*
25/9 (Sat) 3pm Papa and Daddy (Hong Kong Premiere)*
*With after-screening discussion
Tickets are now available at URBTIX.
Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2021: Director in Focus - Zero Chou

Director Zero Chou's cinematographic work about Taiwan's LGBTQ+ community has gained her a solid national and international reputation. Perhaps most famous for her “Tongzhi Trilogy” - Splendid Float (2004), Spider Lilies (2007) and Drifting Flowers (2008) - Chou has been awarded Outstanding Taiwanese Film of the Year and two other awards at the 41st Golden Horse Awards, and a Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Lately, she has been devoting her time and energy to her Six Asian Cities Rainbow Project: a series of LGBTQ+ related stories happening in six different cities across Asia. Wrath of Desire (2020) - the fourth episode in the series - is a romantic thriller that examines the relationship between gender and desire, which also aims to encourage the audience to discover their own inner selves.

Spider Lilies
Director: Zero Chou
Cast: Rainie Yang, Isabella Leong, Shen Jian-hung, Jay Shih, Kris Shen
Taiwan | 2007 | 97’ | In Mandarin, Taiwanese and Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Colour

20/9 (Mon) 8pm *

*Speaker Lucetta Y. L. Kam, Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University, will attend after-screening talk. (conducted in Cantonese)

Winner of The Teddy Bear Award-Best Feature at Berlin International Film Festival 2007
Winner of Best Feature Film Award at Asian Film Festival Rome 2007

A story that carefully explores the mysterious relationship between two women. Jade, a webcam girl, visits the tattoo parlour of Takeko and becomes obsessed with her tattoo of a golden spider lily. She asks Takeko to give her the same tattoo, but she refuses as the tattoo has deep personal significance for her. Jade finds herself falling for Takeko and their paths become intertwined, challenging Takeko’s solitary existence. As they learn more about each other, a tragic series of events ensues.
Wrath of Desire
Director: Zero Chou
Cast: Peace Yang, Chia Wei Weng, Yu Ting Hsu, Shang Ho Huang
Taiwan | 2020 | 119’ | In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Colour

23/9 (Thu) 8pm *
*Director Zero Chou will attend after-screening talk. (conducted in Mandarin/Cantonese)

Rebels With a Cause Competition – Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2020
Official Selection – Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2021, Osaka Asian Film Festival 2021

Androgynous Phoenix Du (Peace Yang), the illegitimate daughter of a presidential candidate, kills the thug who broke into her apartment to silence her. Assigned to her case is prosecutor Jade Liu (Weng Chia-wei), still guilt-ridden from the suicide of her brother and her strict Catholic upbringing. They share a night of passion that ends up changing the course of their lives – before Jade demands a three and a half year sentence for Phoenix for manslaughter. From prison, Phoenix writes Jade hundreds of letters and begs her to wait for her release. But in fear of her own desire, Jade marries Meng Ye, the genderless young man she saved from prison who reminds her of her brother.

Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2021: Asian Focus

Splendid Float
Director: Zero Chou
Cast: James Chen, I-chin Zhuon, I-hang Ma, Yu-chi Lai, Ming-zhang Wang, Wawa Wang
Taiwan | 2004 | 72’ | In Mandarin and Taiwanese with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Colour

24/9 (Fri) 8pm *
*Speaker Timmy Chih-Ting Chen, Research Assistant Professor at the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University, will attend after-screening talk. (conducted in English) 

Vancouver International Film Festival 2004, Pusan International Film Festival 2004, 48th London International Film Festival, The FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award, 1st CJ Asian Independent Film Festival, 53th Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival

By day, A-Wei is a Taoist priest, officiating at funerals – but by night, he is Rose, the most beautiful drag queen on the scene. One day, he is called to the seaside to perform the last rites for a drowning victim. When he goes to the family, he realises that the deceased is his lover, A-Yang. Heartbroken, he must act professionally, but when he returns home he celebrates their love with a magnificent farewell party in drag.

Drifting Flowers
Director: Zero Chou
Cast: Serena Fang, Lu Yi-ching, Chao Yi-Lan, Herb Hsu, Sam Wang
Taiwan | 2008 | 97’ | In Mandarin & Taiwanese with Chinese & English subtitles | DCP | Colour

25/9 (Sat) 7pm *

*Speaker Jia Tan, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, will attend after-screening talk. (conducted in Cantonese)

Official Selection – Berlin International Film Festival 2007, Winner of Best Feature Film at Calgary G & L Film Festival 2008, winner of Lesbianism and Genre Award, Bilbao International GLT Film Festival 2009

Three interconnected tales about women living in very different eras. Eight-year-old Meigo discovers the bitter taste of first love when she accidentally witnesses her sister kissing their band’s tomboy accordionist, Diego. In another vignette, aging Lily develops an unexpected bond with her gay friend Yen, and they find themselves supporting each other. Finally, we see Diego as a young woman, struggling with her gender identity in the years before she joined the band.

Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2021: Asian Focus
Papa and Daddy (Hong Kong Premiere)
Director: Nancy Chen
Cast: Melvin Sia, Mike Lin, Miranda Lu
Taiwan | 2021 | 140’ | In Mandarin with English Subtitles | DCP | Colour

25/9 (Sat) 3pm*
*Speaker Jerome Yau, co-founder of Hong Kong Marriage Equality, will attend after-screening talk. (conducted in Cantonese)

This ground-breaking Taiwanese web series focuses on the journey of a long-term couple Damian and Jie as they fall in love and start their own family. The lovers face obstacles along the way including the complications of surrogacy and discrimination that they face from their families and from society. And they also have to answer the all important question from their beloved son Kai Kai, “Why do I have two fathers?” If you enjoyed the popular Hong Kong TV series “Ossan’s Love,” you must not miss this Taiwanese series which is equally funny, sweet, heartfelt and daring.

Tickets are now available at URBTIX.

Ticket Price: $85/ $68*
*20% discount for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder. Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.
*20% off for HKAC Individual members & HKAC BEE. Discount is only available at the URBTIX Sales Counters, members must present a valid membership card upon purchase. 
*20% off for each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.

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Co-presented by: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

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