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Sixth Taiwan International Queer Film Festival opens in Taipei
歡慶同婚元年 第六屆酷兒影展起跑

Actor Chris Wu attends the opening of the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival in Taipei on Thursday last week.

Photo courtesy of TIQFF

The 6th Taiwan International Queer Film Festival (TIQFF) kicked off on Thursday last week. With this year’s theme of “Together,” the LGBT community is proudly celebrating the legalization of same-sex marriage together. The film festival takes place at Shin Kong Cinemas in Taipei until Sunday before moving to the Kaohsiung Film Archive in Kaohsiung between Aug. 28 and Sept. 8.

TIQFF features 60 films from home and abroad, including several high-quality short films. Gentleman Spa, directed by Yu Jhi-han, is a short film that tells the story of a chubby janitor at a massage parlor who finally meets his prince charming. It has earned acclaim at international film festivals, including the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, also known as Frameline.

The festival’s ambassador for this year, Golden Bell Award-winning actor Chris Wu, encourages the public to see the LGBT-themed films, and says he hopes that everyone in Taiwan will be treated equally. Wu debuted in the 2007 film Fragile in Love by director Mickey Chen, a gay icon who passed away late last year.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






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