“the form of love is just like the way we use our hands: most people prefer their right hands－as man loves woman ; but some of them were born left-handers, just like man falls in love with another man and two women in love.”
Doctor Li Yinhe , sociologist
On December the 14th, 2001 , The 1st Beijing Gay & Lesbian Film Festival was held in
Peking University Library.
LOVE－Oration to the 1st Beijing Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
This is the first great celebration in the history of China’s gay & lesbian films. all the native Chinese gay & lesbian fiction films, which were independently produced, are all included in this film festival, here we have : <East Palace West Palace>（1996）,<男男女女>(1999),<Fish and Elephant>(2000),<Lan Yu>(2001) and <Old Testament>(2001) .
< East Palace West Palace >Written by Wang Xiaobo, Directed by Zhang Yuan, Si Han and Hu Jun acted the leading roles. This film breaks the priggish division of the two genders, directly faces the freeness of sexual orientation, envisages the sexual-indistinguishable love of natural body. The role Xiao Shi in the film could be called a heterosexual person, and Alan, a gay, constructs a severe menace to him. The most wonderful sense is when Xiao shi, as a policeman, is deeply attracted by his arrestee, he starts to chase him around involuntarily. <East Palace West Palace> overthrows the traditional central conception of power/male/ heterosexual, strikes down the so-called original classical love model, then normalizes the other discriminated one: love between the same sex gender. Different from the eulogizing tone of <East Palace West Palace>,<Nan Nan Nv Nv> and <Fish and Elephant> were respectively produced in 1999 and 2000.。Written by Cui Zien, directed by Liu Bingjian, the film <Nan Nan Nv Nv> tells a story of Xiao Bo, a boy who have no sense of sex gender. The whole story goes without any twists and turns, and all the actors act as the way they were themselves, the film comes out as a reappearance of daily life.With an unromantic rhythm, the film abandons all the fussily stagy possibilities. Homosexual, bisexual, uncertain sexual orientation, these all seem so common in the film. They were not monsters, the real one is the monstrous vision. Through this film, the old and morbid vision will be purified.
<Fish and Elephant>, written and directed by Li Yu, narrates the complex love among three women, without romancing, without exaggeration and accent, the film shows a pure character by its succinct composition. In the film, Pan Yi and Stone acquaint each other and fall in love, it seems so real that as if they were not acting. The director Li Yu put the dramatic polt at the edge of the main story, and used some traditional Hollywood movie elements, after disassemble and refrigerate, and then tightly built them behind the love among women.
<The Old Testament>, written and directed by Cui Zien himself, by flowing and hand photograph style and unfettered queer estate, go deep into both homosexually emotion and gender order, carry out a new road of films. <The Old Testament> include three narrative paragraphs: poems 1981, apothegms 1991 and songs 2001. Chorus without accompaniment to achieve the climax sings every narrative paragraph: the first part is “ Xiaobo get married”, the second part is “ Xiaohao out of work” and the third part is “ xiaobo sale himself” < The Old Testament> related with punishment and death everywhere, quote the relationship of God and human in the time of the old testament. However this is not a tragedy and not means pessimism world. The New Testament is forwardly, go ahead and the time of The New Testament will be come.
The film <lanyu>, adapt by e-novel <Beijing stories> was exhibited in the French Canne Film Festival of this year, and also got 4 great award and another audience favor award in 台湾电影金马奖 which just ring down the curtain. This film’s gut frame is very familiar for the readers of e novels, what the audience expectant is to confirm the letters with the pictures of Lan Yu. The original of this film is from a Chinese lady, the director come from Hong Kong and the players from China mainland. The production work gathered the effort of film staffs from both mainland and Hong Kong, it is the highest investment in mainland to make the homosexual film by now.
This is the first time of all these films mentioned above to be shown in China Mainland.
I believe that celebrations like this, once here is the first time, there would be the next time.
Author: Cui Zien