Taiwan is back with more LGBTI-themed features!
Narrative film is a motion picture that tells a cohesive, often fictional, story with cause and effect events through filmmaking techniques. It entails two components: the story itself and the process of telling the story or narrative. The latter involves filmmaking techniques that have developed over time such as directing, cinematography, and screenwriting.
BLtai listed down some upcoming Taiwanese LGBTI narrative films published on Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) website—which are slated to be released this year until 2025 —and are now in the pre- and post-production stages.
1. Who Killed Billy Billie (2023)
Billy is queer and depressed. He self-harms and is constantly bullied for his feminine appearance. After his biological father came out, he left an old camera to Billy. Billy’s mother remarried three times and moved to the United States with her current stepfather. After Billy’s younger sister drowned, the family was abandoned by their stepfather and had to return to Taiwan.
One day, after taking a bath, Billy muttered to himself, “I promise to accompany you,” with several medicine jars beside him. He then sat on the toilet and fantasized about having sex with a snail, feeling both pleasure and disgust.
2. Red Envelope (2023)
Andy and his Taiwanese husband, Ilan, recently registered their marriage in Taiwan. To celebrate, they visit their favorite food stall at the local night market for dinner. As Andy spots a red envelope on the ground and picks it up, an elderly Taiwanese woman, known as Ama, suddenly appears. According to local tradition, she tells Andy that he is the chosen husband of her deceased granddaughter, Xin-yi. Therefore, they must get married before Xin-yi’s one-hundredth-day memorial, or she will be stuck in limbo forever. Andy and Ilan are shocked and quickly walk away, while Ama hopes that Andy will return soon.