TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese LGBT drama “MONEYBOYS” will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in July.
On Thursday (June 3), the movie made it onto the list of the festival's “Un Certain Regard” section. Directed by Chinese-Australian Chen Bo Yilin (陳熠霖), the production team features a number of European professionals.
Chen studied at Film Academy Vienna and was nominated by the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival for the short film “Little Precious,” CNA reported. Some of Taiwan's youngest and brightest talents are in “MONEYBOYS,” including lead actors Kai Ko (柯震東, Ko Chen-tung) and JC Lin (林哲熹).
They are a gay couple in the movie, with Ko's character Fei leaving his hometown to become a sex worker. They meet years after this, when Lin’s role has settled down as a husband and dad, but Fei's feelings toward his ex return strongly.
As for the nomination, Ko expressed his gratitude and said, “I hope the pandemic will be over soon and people can go to the theater.”
Lin told UDN the way the film was made was really unique and that he is looking forward to the screening of the film and to sharing his joy with fans.
Award-winning actress Jodie Foster will be a special guest at the opening ceremony on July 6 and receive an honorary Palme d’Or. The world premiere of “MONEYBOYS” will take place at Cannes around the same time.