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Dear Tenant

Qinai de fangke
dir. Cheng Yu-chieh
Taiwan 2020, 106’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Theatrical Screenings
St 20 Nov, 18:30
Kinoteka 2
Kinoteka 2
Su 21 Nov, 10:00
Kinoteka 1
Kinoteka 1
Online Availability
17 Nov, 10:00 – 29 Nov
Additional Materials
Awards and festivals
World premiere: Taipei Film Festival Golden Horse FF 2020 - Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Film Score Taipei FF 2020 - Best Actor Asian Film Awards 2021 - Nominee for Best Actor
Credits
Taiwan 2020
Duration: 106’
director: Cheng Yu-chieh
screenplay: Cheng Yu-chieh
cinematography: Cheung Yu-hon
editing: Chen Hsiao-tung, Cheng Yu-chieh
music: Fran Chen
VFX supervisor: Liu Wei-yi
cast: Mo Tzu-yi, Chen Shu-fang, Bai Run-yin, Jay Shih, Yao Chun-yao
producer: Yang Ya-che, Cheng Yu-chieh
executive producer: Lin Shih-ken
production: FiLMOSA Ltd
language: Mandarin, Minnan
colouration: colour
Section Partner

Film description

Chien-yi is subletting a space on the roof of an old lady’s apartment. He is cooking for her, takes care of her health, and picks her grandson up from school. The boy is the son of his partner of many years, whose sudden death has left a painful mark on the entire family. When Ms. Chou passes away, things get even more complicated. A criminal mystery, touchingly intertwined with an emotional drama, provokes many questions about the meaning of blood relations and the call of the heart.

The works on the script were already very advanced when Taiwan legalized same-sex marriages. But the great joy and relief experienced by same-sex families has a blind spot – the adoption of children remains unregulated. The film touches upon one of the problems that non-heteronormative families can encounter, showing the subject in a very broad, surprising way. Cheng stresses that he was interested not so much in same-sex relationships, but in the complexities of family relations. He wanted to look at the way that dependencies are shaped between people who create familiar ties through feelings – not just the feelings between partners, but also the whole network of older and younger generations surrounding the couple that decides to go through life together.

text:
Jagoda Murczyńska

Cheng Yu-chieh

Born in Taiwan in 1977, Yu-Chieh Cheng is a director, screenwriter, actor and producer of Taiwanese film and television. "Dear Tenant" is his fourth feature film.

Filmography:

2006 Yi nian zhi chu / Do Over

2009 Yang Yang

2014 Panay

2020 Drogi współlokatorze / Qinai de fangke / Dear Tenant

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