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Eternal Summer

Sheng xia guang nian
dir. Leste Chen
Taiwan 2006, 96’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
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Theatrical Screenings
Th 18 Nov, 15:15
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Su 21 Nov, 21:15
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17 Nov, 10:00 – 29 Nov
Additional Materials
Awards and festivals
World premiere: Busan International Film Festival Golden Horse FF 2006 - Best New Performer
Taiwan 2006
Duration: 96’
director: Leste Chen
screenplay: Leste Chen, Hsu Cheng-ping, Wang Chi-yao
cinematography: Charlie Lam
editing: Ku Hsaio-Yun
music: Howie Chou, Zane Yang
cast: Chang Hsiao-chuan, Ray Chang, Kate Yeung
producer: Leste Chen, Patrick Mao Huang, Yang Hsu-fen
production: Rolling Film Entertainment, Flash Forward Entertainment, Three Dots Entertainment Company
language: Mandarin, English
colouration: colour

Film description

A perfectly composed melodrama about three young people experiencing the passions of love for the first time. Jonathan and Shane have been friends since they were kids and the teacher put the top student and the little rebel together to help the latter in his studies. As teenagers, they meet Carrie, who has just moved from Taiwan to Hong Kong. The girl is drawn to Jonathan, but he is struggling to admit to himself that his heart belongs to Shane.

This touching story about true friendships, painful loneliness, and discovering unwanted feelings that can change your life became one of the most iconic LGBTIQ+ films in Chinese-language cinema. It was not the first film about a boy’s feelings for his friend, but the summer aura and the atmosphere ripe with emotions that the filmmakers managed to create has successfully seduced the audiences in Taiwan and beyond. The nostalgic look at the last high school moments, the torture of a hidden feeling, and the fear of rejection – it has all the necessary elements of a teenage romance, enclosed in captivating frames and completed with atmospheric music.

For the 15th anniversary of the premiere, the film was restored and digitized so that the next generations can freely discover its charm.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Leste Chen

Born in 1981 in Taipei, studied at Fu Hsin Trade & Arts School. His first award nominated film was his short film "Kuan Fung," which was nominated for the 2004 Venice IFF International Film Critics Week Competition and Tokyo Film Festival. In 2006 h is feature film "Eternal Summer" became a smash hit in Asia, making it the most classic LGBTQ youth cinema in Mandarin film industry. In addition, he is not only a film director but also a MV director who has worked with several famous singers such as Mayday, Jolin Tsai, Fish Liang, Rainie Yang. In recent years, he is best known for films like "The Great Hypnotist," "Battle of Memories" and recent hit "Upcoming Summer".

Selected filmography:

2005 Dziedzictwo / Zhai bian / Heriloom

2006 Wieczne lato / Sheng xia guang nian / Eternal Summer

2012 Shuai xing shenghuo zhi mori nixi / Doomsday Reverse

2014 Mistrz hipnozy / Cui mian da shi / The Great Hypnotist

2017 Ji yi da shi / Battle of Memories

2021 Mi mi fang ke / Home Sweet Home

2021 Sheng xia wei lai / Upcoming Summer

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