我如花似玉的儿子 | My Fair Son

My Fair Son

When young art student Ray moves in with his estranged businessman father after years of separation, the two tentatively begin to reconcile their many differences — including Ray’s revelation that he’s gay, which his father struggles to accept. Ray’s sexual orientation becomes even more of an issue when he falls in love with one of his dad’s male employees.

Directed by Zi’en Cui | Starring : Junrui Wang, Weiming Wang, Bo Yu, Guifeng Wang, Ziqiang Li | Presented at N/A

少年花草黄 | Whitered in a Blooming Season

Withered in a Blooming Season

Brotherly love goes too far when Feng gets his twin sister pregnant while both of them are still in high school, creating a problem that’s bigger than both of them. Convincing his gay friend Le Le to take the blame seems like the best option. But engineering a relationship between his pregnant sister and a boy who admittedly likes other boys produces some very unexpected results.

Directed by Zi’en Cui | Starring : Guifeng Wang, Jiao Le, Alex Shiyue, Xianqwen, Renan Wang | Presented at Vancouver Film Festival

夜景 | Night Scene

Night Scene

An docudrama about male sex workers in Beijing, descending on parks, nightclubs and other public spaces to interview both real-life “rent boys” and actors posing as prostitutes. Their candid confessions provide a peek into Beijing’s street hustler culture, touching on common themes like gay rights, class disparities and the pursuit of real romance.

Directed by Zi’en Cui | Starring : Yang Gao, Haobin Liang, Bin Qiao, Yinghan Ge, Zhaoda Sun | Presented at N/A

星星相吸惜 | Star Appeal

Star Appeal

Chinese filmmaker Cui Zi’en directs this gay-themed sci-fi drama about Xiao Bo, a bisexual man who discovers a stranger by the roadside, naked and claiming to be from Mars. Xiao Bo takes the Martian home to his live-in boyfriend and girlfriend, and together, they begin instructing him in the ways of earthlings. But when the mysterious stranger lapses into a coma, only the discovery of true love can bring him around.

Directed by Zi’en Cui | Starring : Bo Yu, Guifeng Wang, Jian Hou, Xiwen Zhang, Weiming Wang | Presented at Vancouver Film Festival

哎呀呀,去哺乳 | Feeding Boys, Ayaya

Feeding Boys, Ayaya

Director Zi’en Cui’s drama provides a stark look at male prostitution in China. The film centers on Dabin, a Christian evangelist determined to reform every hustler on the streets, especially his little brother, Xiao, who runs off after an argument with Dabin. While searching for his brother, Dabin tries to convert many young hustlers, but he also gains a broader understanding of why so many boys resort to prostitution. Ge Jia and Jian Hu star.

Directed by Zi’en Cui | Starring : Jian Hou, Bin Yu, Ge Jia, Jian Zhang, Xiwen Zhang | Presented at Vancouver Film Festival, Pusan Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Festival

丑角登场 | Enter the Clowns

Enter the clownsf

Xiao Bo lives in a world where the lines defining men from women are constantly dissolving. He kneels at the deathbed of his father who has become a woman, and whose dying wish is to have oral sex with his/her son. His boyfriend “Nana” has also undergone a sex change, but Xiao Bo no longer finds her attractive as a woman. A sexual chain reaction ensues that wreaks havoc on traditional Chinese roles that govern male and female, parent and child. Filmmaker, novelist and queer activist Cui Zi’en caused an international sensation with his shockingly transgressive debut. Inspired by the likes of Andy Warhol and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, but set within a specifically Chinese context, Enter the Clowns is “a movie that says everything you know about sexual identity and gender orientation is wrong” (Tony Rayns, Time Out). “Cui may be unique as China’s first gay filmmaker, but it is… in the international pantheon of queer filmmakers that we must ultimately locate him” (Chris Berry).

Directed by Zi’en Cui | Starring : Bo Yu, Bing Chen, Narenqimuge, Xiaoyu Yu, Ge Jia | Presented at Jeonju Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Vancouver Film Festival, Ghent Film Festival, Flanders Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival

旧约 | The Old Testament

Old Testament

This three-part film explores homosexuality in communist China. In “Psalter,” the brother of a married man does the unthinkable and invites his lover to live in their household. In “Proverbs,” a married man divorces his wife and makes the full commitment to his openly gay lover. But once living together, things don’t turn out the way the couple expects. And “Song of Solomon” looks into a relationship complicated by AIDS.

Directed by Zi’en Cui | Starring : Bo Yu, Qing Yang, Ran Ma, Zhengyang Zhao, Huanan Du | Presented at Berlin Film Festival

男男女女 | Men and Women

Men and Women

Xiao Bo arrives in Beijing, gets a job at a boutique, and is invited to stay with his lady boss, Ah Qing, and her husband, Kang. Knowing that Xiao Bo is still single, Ah Qing recommends her best female friend, Ah Meng, to him. After a few dates, Ah Meng starts to suspect Xiao Bo is gay. She tells Ah Qing, who then informs Kang. After learning this, Kang attempts to rape Xiao Bo when Ah Qing isn’t at home. Xiao Bo leaves the house, quits the job and joins his old friend, Chong Chong, and realizes that he has a gay lover, Gui Gui. Some time later, Ah Qing confesses to Kang that she had an affair… with Ah Meng. On the other hand, Chong Chong tries to “convert” Xiao Bo, much to the dismay of Gui Gui.

Directed by Bingjian Liu | Starring : Qing Yang, Bo Yu, Kang Zhang, Jiangang Wei, Zi’en Cui | Presented at Locarno Film Festival, Mar del Plata Film Festival, Vancouver Film Festival, Pusan Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Singapore Film Festival