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Spider Lilies

Ci qing
dir. Zero Chou
Taiwan 2007, 97’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
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Theatrical Screenings
St 20 Nov, 14:45
Su 21 Nov, 10:00
Kinoteka 3
Kinoteka 3
Online Availability
17 Nov, 10:00 – 29 Nov
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Awards and festivals
World premiere: Berlin International Film Festival Berlin IFF 2007 - Teddy Award for Best Feature Film
Taiwan 2007
Duration: 97’
director: Zero Chou
screenplay: Singing Chen
cinematography: Liu Hoho
editing: Hsiao Ju-kuan
music: Chang Chien-yu
cast: Rainie Yang, Isabella Leong, Kris Shen
producer: Isaac Li
production: 3rd Vision Films
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

A cult, pioneering film by one of the most important Asian LGBTQI+ directors. Jade is a girl working on an online sex cam. To make her videos more attractive, she decided to get a tattoo. She makes an appointment with the tattoo artist Takeko who unexpectedly turns out to be her childhood neighbor – and her first love.

This sensuous, nuanced beautifully shot film shows the complex emotional connection between the women and reveals painful stories from their pasts. At the same time, it is a film about the first generation growing up in the internet era – like all generations before, they too are lost in their emotions and, despite the unlimited access to media and messengers, surprisingly lonely.

At the time when the film was made, it was a breakthrough. The director had a very difficult time finding actresses willing to star in a film about love between women, so she had to look for her protagonists not only in Taiwan, but also in Hong Kong – this is where she found Isabella Leong who plays Takeko. But the role of the film cannot be overstated – it turned out to be of great importance not only to the audiences in Taiwan, but also in the more conservative Asian countries.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Zero Chou

Director and screenwriter, graduate of the Philosophy Faculty of the National Chengchi University. She worked as a journalist, and made several documentaries shown at worldwide film festivals in the 1990s and 2000s. Her feature debut about drag queens, "Splendid Float" (2004), received three Golden Horse Awards – including Best Taiwanese Film of the Year. Her feature films focus mostly on LGBTQI+ protagonists. Together with her partner, cinematographer Hoho Liu, she is developing the "Over the Rainbow" project whose goal is to produce a series of LGBTIQ+ films in six different Asian metropolises. She is the only Taiwanese director, apart from Ang Lee and Hou Hsiao-hsien, invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – the body that awards Oscars.

Selected filmography:

2002 Si jiao luo / Corners (dok.)

2004 Yan guang si she ge wu tuan / Splendid Float

2007 Pajęcze lilie / Ci qing / Spider Lilies

2012 Hua yang / Ripples of Desire

2017 We Are Gamily / Wei Hun Nan Nv

2020 Ai Sha / Wrath of Desire

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