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The Teacher

Wo de linghun shi ai zuo de
dir. Chen Ming-lang
Taiwan 2019, 91’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Theatrical Screenings
St 20 Nov, 12:30
Muranów
Muranów
Mo 22 Nov, 18:00
Kinoteka 2
Kinoteka 2
Online Availability
17 Nov, 10:00 – 29 Nov
Additional Materials
Awards and festivals
World premiere: Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Golden Horse FF 2019 - Best Supporting Actress
Credits
Taiwan 2019
Duration: 91’
director: Chen Ming-lang
screenplay: Chen Ming-lang
cinematography: Eden Feng
editing: Chen Hsiao-tong
music: Tseng Yun-fang
cast: Oscar Chiu, Sam Chang, Winnie Chang, He Zi-hua
producer: Gene Yao, Steven Tu, Kuo Bo-tsun, Chiou Zi-ning
executive producer: Gene Yao, Steven Tu
production: Immedi8 Pictures Co., Ltd, Swallow Wings Films Co., Ltd
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour
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Film description

The film is set in 2019, right before the introduction of the legislation legalizing same-sex marriages. Kevin is a young, popular teacher, openly expressing his support for the upcoming changes. It seems like he can do this freely, the society, too, is in favor. But the situation takes a drastically different turn when a rumor starts circling around the school, claiming that Kevin might be HIV positive.

This brilliantly played, nuanced drama about relationships put to the test and a fight for dignity is also a story of misunderstandings and miscommunications. The director shows more than just the complex social situation – the moment of historical change is not an idyllic process – but he also focuses on the protagonist’s relationship with his partner, his wife, and the mother he is still living with. The complex family constellations are the stage of the battle between honesty and the need to uphold appearances, between trust and betrayal, between the need for love and fearing for one’s job and everyday survival.

text:
Jagoda Murczyńska

Chen Ming-lang

Studied film at NYU, where he received the Ang Lee scholarship. His debut, "Tomorrow Comes Today" (2013) premiered at the Taipei Film Festival, and the script of the film received an award at Taiwan Ministry of Culture Department’s screenplay competition. His next film, "The Teacher," received two Golden Horse nominations.

Filmography:

2013 Ni de jintian he wo de mingtian / Tomorrow Comes Today 

2019 Nauczyciel / Wo de linghun shi ai zuo de / The Teacher

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