Queer East Festival 2024
17 — 28 April
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Dear Tenant (UK Premiere)
Taiwan, 2020

Feature, Focus Taiwan, UK Premiere,
Directed by
Yu-Chieh Cheng
Running time
112 min mins

Mr. Lin is a tenant in the rooftop apartment owned by the elderly Mrs. Chou, who is suffering from late-stage diabetes. Lin helps tend to her daily needs and looks after her nine-year old grandson, the orphaned Yo-Yu. But when Yo-Yu’s uncle returns to Taiwan, he discovers that the ownership of the apartment has been transferred to the young boy, whom Lin has legally adopted. The stage is set for a conflict that uncovers a very different side to the seemingly perfect tenant. Dear Tenant is a heartfelt portrayal of unconditional love that explores whether, following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2019, Taiwanese society is ready to accept families who dare to break with conventional forms. This box office hit won three Golden Horse Awards, including for actor Mo Tzu-Yi, who gives a stunning performance.

With a pre-recorded introduction by the director Yu-Chieh Cheng.

Director Bio

Yu-Chieh Cheng is an acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker and actor whose work includes Do Over (2006), Yang Yang (2009), and Wawa No Cidal (2015). His films have won prizes at the Golden Horse Awards and the Taipei Film Festival.

Additional info

With support from the Ministry of Culture (Taiwan), and Taiwan Tourism Bureau London Office.


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