Winner of three awards at Taiwan’s prestigious Golden Horse Film Festival, Dear Tenant is a moving portrait of unconditional love, gay identity, and the ties that bind—centering around a trio of people who form their own chosen family within the confines of their apartment building. Over the past five years, kind-hearted gay man Mr. Lin (an extraordinary Mo Tzu-yi) has formed a rich, caring bond with the aging Mrs. Chou (Chen Shu-fang) and her young grandson—moving far beyond the expected tenant-landlord dynamics. When Mrs. Chou dies unexpectedly, complicated questions of inheritance and guardianship quickly arise. Facing a wave of outside judgment and suspicion, Mr. Lin soon realizes that small-minded prejudice can carry grave consequences.
Blending a slowburn family drama, courtroom intrigue, and an impassioned plea for LGBTQ+ equality, writer-director Cheng Yu-Chieh finds the perfect balance between a compassionate character study in the vein of Taiwanese master Edward Yang (Yi Yi) and a good old-fashioned tearjerker in this box office hit.
Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between Thu, Jun 17 and Sun, Jun 27. We suggest watching it at 8:30pm PDT Sat, Jun 26. Be sure to also check out the related Frameline Talk "Taiwan Focus."
FOCUS ON TAIWAN SUPPORTED BY
Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C.) and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles
- Language: In Mandarin with English subtitles