Twilight's Kiss (Suk Suk)

Director: Ray Yeung
2019 | Hong Kong | 92m
GENRE: Aging/Elders | Drama | East Asian | Gay | Romance
SECTION: Live Q&A's | Narrative Features
Expected Guests: Features LIVE Q&A with director Ray Yeung, Actor Ben Yuen, actor Patra Au Ga Man and producer Teresa Kwong

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The challenges facing aging gay men are dramatized with great warmth in this Hong Kong-set portrait of a new love affair from director Ray Yeung (Front Cover, Frameline40). Hoi and Pak have both acknowledged their sexuality late in life. Pak is a married cab driver when he makes a pass at Hoi on a park bench, and they've both raised children. But together they find a camaraderie and passion that have been missing thus far in their lives. As affection potentially turns to love, the question of what each man is willing to give up becomes a pressing matter.

Yeung's nuanced script augments the central narrative of Hoi and Pak's developing relationship with memorable subsidiary characters. Though Hoi lives with his Christian fundamentalist son, he also consorts with a lively group of activists who are mobilizing support for a gay senior center. Hong Kong’s LGBTQ+ community—and gay elders across the globe—have often struggled for visibility; but with the kind of heartfelt representation seen in strong films like Twilight’s Kiss (Suk Suk)—which screened at the Berlin International Film Festival—the possibility for progressive movement in both arenas seems likelier.

—ROD ARMSTRONG

Buying note: This is a digital screening, available to view between 12:01am Thursday, June 25 and 11:59pm Sunday, June 28. We suggest watching it at 6:30pm Friday, June 26 followed by the live Q&A.

SPONSORED BY
San Francisco Symphony

CO-PRESENTED BY
CAAM, Lavendar Seniors, Open House

  • Language: Cantonese with English subtitles
  • Premiere Status: North American