Five short films about queer desire in Taiwan offer a unique snapshot of the island’s cultural landscape. The directors of these exciting new films locate desire and conflict in a diverse set of locations, ranging from saunas and swimming pools, to schools and military bases. Featuring stories of secret liaisons, powerful bonds, hidden emotions, and stark truths, Made In Taiwan shines a spotlight on the island’s rich tradition of LGBTQ+ filmmaking and is presented in partnership with Cinema Queer International Film Festival, Stockholm.
The Summer of 12
Dir Kuan-Ling Kuo | Taiwan | 2019 | 25 min
Amongst the young members of a swimming team, the onset of early puberty begins to turn innocent camaraderie into something more intimate.
Dir Jhi-Han Yu | Taiwan | 2019 | 18 min
Hao works as a janitor at a gay spa. One day, he chats with Kai, an attractive customer, but things do not go as expected.
Dir Pin-Wen Wang | Taiwan | 2018 | 11 min
New to BDSM, young military officer Lee Jun-zhong must complete a risky task in order to prove his loyalty to his master. But can he overcome his doubts and fear to face his inner desires?
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.
Dir Yan-Xun Li / Origin Sun Studio | Taiwan | 2017 | 15 min
Hai, a boy who was born and raised on a small island, has a taboo relationship with Tai, a sailor whose ship regularly docks at the harbour.
Presented in partnership with Cinema Queer International Film Festival, Stockholm. With support from the Ministry of Culture (Taiwan)