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Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Location la: Bartos Screening Room

Madame  姑奶奶 (Gu nainai) 

Dir. Qiu Jiongjiong. 2010, 120 mins. In Chinese with English subtitles. This vibrant portrait of trans performer ‘Bilan de Linphel’ (birth name Fan Qihui) is both intimate and exhilaratingly expansive. Filmed by Qiu over a couple of days of interviews, plus several weeks recording their stage shows in Beijing, the film alternates episodes of confessional autobiography with magnificent queer performances of torch-song standards. A tailor by trade, Fan belts out the cynical, broken-hearted, yet proudly defiant lyrics of jazzy numbers with a raw, expressive voice and an awe-inspiring command of the stage. Interspersed are Fan’s angry, tearful, or bitterly ironic tales of being a queer person in contemporary China.  

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.