Your Name Engraved Herein 2020
The Name Engraved in Your Heart (original title)
1h 58min | Romance | 23 December 2020 (USA)
In 1988, martial law ends in Taiwan and two schoolboys, A-han and Birdy, are about to enter into an illicit love affair after meeting in the school band led by a Canadian priest named Oliver. While the whole country commemorates the late president, the two boys bask in each other’s presence as A-han’s affection for Birdy is awakened. However, society is homophobic and the threat of violence and social shaming enacted by adults and their fellow teens causes the two to come into conflict as they edge closer to physically enacting on their passions for each other. Birdy pushes A-han away by pretending to fall in love with a girl and this misunderstanding separates them. In desperation, A-han confessed to Father Oliver about his sexuality, only to be cut off again but love knows no bounds and the boys are meant to be together – Inspired by real events, the film is emblematic of the changes in Taiwan which became the first country in Asia to legalise gay marriage.
Lan Yu 2001
R | 1h 26min | Drama, Romance | 22 November 2001 (Hong Kong)
A young, gay student has a relationship with an older, successful businessman. The handsome playboy-businessman must choose between his comfortable, yet closeted straight life, or an honest, yet subversive life with the student.
Mary Lou 2009
Tamid oto chalom (original title)
35min | Drama, Musical, Romance | TV Series (2009– )
A musical series composed of songs by Israeli singer Tsvik Pick tells the story of a boy named Meir. Meir’s mother, stage name Mary Lou, is a talented singer and a great Tsvik admirer. One day, however, he suddenly leaves Meira and his father without explanation. The boy sets out to look for her and firmly believes that one day they will meet again. In addition to Tsvick Pick’s songs, he is accompanied during his search by Shuli’s best friend. The last part of the triangle of young people is Gabriel.
Funny Boy 2020
1h 49min | Drama | 10 December 2020 (USA)
Explores Arjie’s sexual awakening from a young boy to a teenager who falls in love with a male classmate, just as political tensions escalate between the Sinhalese and Tamils in the years leading up to the 1983 uprisings.
His Mother’s Eyes 2011
Les yeux de sa mère (original title)
1h 45min | Drama | 23 March 2011 (France)
Torn apart by ambition? An investigative writer’s next target is a famed anchorwoman, whose daughter travels from Spain after attending the daughter’s father’s funeral. A boxer is training for a fight under the watchful eyes of his parents.