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A Brighter Summer Day

This singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, directed by Edward Yang, is among the most praised titles in all contemporary film.

Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, A Brighter Summer Day is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation. A film of both sprawling scope and tender intimacy, this novelistic, patiently observed epic centres on the gradual, inexorable fall of a young teenager (Chang Chen, in his first role) from innocence to juvenile delinquency, and is set against a simmering backdrop of restless youth, rock and roll, and political turmoil.

Coming soon: Yi Yi, Edward Yang’s critically acclaimed epic about a middle-class family in Taipei, screens in our Taiwan Films at HOME season in Oct 2022.

Turning 18, a tender documentary portrait of emerging queer desire, also screens as part of our Pride 2022 season.