Queer East 2021 Closing Night: Dear Tenant (UK Premiere)

Queer East 2021 Closing Night: Dear Tenant (UK Premiere)

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  • Sun 26 Sep
  • 112 minutes
  • Director: Yu-Chieh Cheng
  • Taiwan (2020)


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 Tzu-Yi Mo, who gives a stunning performance.

Part of Queer East 2021, an LGBTQ+ film festival showcasing East and Southeast Asian queer cinema, in London from 15 to 26 September.

This screening is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan.