05 Oct – 18 Oct

SQIFF

SQIFF

Shorts: Gods and/or Monsters

Queer East takes its first virtual visit to Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Queer International Film Festival, presenting a wild programme of six short films that give a glimpse into just some of what East and Southeast Asian queer cinema have to offer. Showcasing new and rediscovered works – and some things in between – it features daring touches of the supernatural, the horrific, the surreal, and the downright weird.


The Glamorous Boys of Tang
Dir Hui-Yu Su | Taiwan | 2018 | 15 min
Hui-Yu Su’s film captures a glitter-scattered, blood-splattered orgy, invoking scenes from the screenplay of the 1985 Taiwanese cult film Tang Chao Chi Li Nan that were not filmed due to budgetary restrictions and censorship.


Alienation
Dir Kang-Chien Chiu | Taiwan | 1966 | 6 min
This experimental short features a caterpillar crawling on a wall, a naked man seemingly masturbating, poetic captions and stills of crucifixion-like poses. Considered lost for 52 years, Alienation was found and restored in 2019.


Echo Each Other
Dir Pin-Ru Chen | Taiwan | 2017 | 15 min
It’s difficult making the transition from being single to starting a relationship. So how should we cope? Echo Each Other abandons spoken dialogue, instead using sign and body language to silently communicate with the audience.


Reality Fragment 160921
Dir Qigemu – April Lin and Jasmine Lin | UK | 2017 | 14 min
The film follows two people in their process of reality-curation. How do their multiple lived worlds, each their own amalgamation of memories, sensations, and thoughts, coexist with presentations of distance, history, and totality?


Adorable
Dir Cheng-Hsu Chung | Taiwan, UK | 2018 | 6 min
This animation presents a journey of sexuality, evoking the fantasies of freedom offered by gender fluidity, and developments in contemporary queer culture.


Kiss of the Rabbit God
Dir Andrew Thomas Huang | US | 2018 | 15 min
A Chinese-American restaurant worker falls in love with an 18th century Qing dynasty god, who visits him at night and leads him on a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery.


Presented in partnership with Scottish Queer International Film Festival. With support from the Ministry of Culture (Taiwan) and Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute / Taiwan Docs.

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