The Wedding Banquet
Dir. Ang Lee, 1993, USA/Taiwan, 106 mins, 35mm
“Funny and poignant” –The New York Times
Gay landlord Wai-Tung Gao (Winston Chon) agrees to marry his tenant Wei-Wei (May Chin), a struggling artist, to appease his socially conservative parents back in Taiwan and help grant her a green card. It’s a win-win until Mr. and Mrs. Gao announce a trip to America and the faux couple have to orchestrate a full-blown wedding extravaganza to keep his family from finding about the marriage of convenience—and Wai-Tung’s inconvenient live-in boyfriend Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein). This touching and riotously funny comedy of manners set a new standard for both Asian-American and LGBTQ representation onscreen, and marked the second of many fruitful collaborations between director Ang Lee and co-writer/producer James Schamus (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN). Screening in 35mm.
With co-writer/producer James Schamus in person
Part of the Coming Out Again program–an ongoing series in collaboration with Quad Cinema that surveys lesser-known landmarks of LGBTQ film history.
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