GagaOOLala is a Taiwan-based streaming service which aims to bring together queer stories of all genres from around the world. As the first LGBT-focused media platform in Asia, GagaOOLala curates feature films, shorts, documentaries, and series from the past few years, as well as producing its own original content. This month’s bulletin takes on the theme of mundane queerness, and the memories of our most unassuming encounters which, years on, become some of our most valuable. Here are our recommendations.
Drifting Flowers (2008) dir. Zero Chou
Part of the ground-breaking collection of queer cinema belonging to award-winning Taiwanese director Zero Chou, Drifting Flowers catches glimpses of three queer stories, traversing the country across time. Be it the love story between Jing, a blind singer, and her bands’ butch accordionist Diego, the tale of Lily and Yen, two old queer friends on opposite sides of a lavender marriage, or Diego’s youthful memories of a first discovery of sexuality, the film focuses on the everyday queer experience, leaving behind traditional narrative tools to capture these intimate moments. They are not stories of marginalisation, or internal turmoil, but rather daily portraits of characters who happen to be queer, whose highs and lows are not just determined by their sexualities. Set against a breath-taking soundtrack, and tinted with the moody, muted colours of memory, Drifting Flowers is sure to remind us of our own memories – those vivid, those hazy, and those forgotten, until now.
Watch Drifting Flowers here.