Cannes Film Festival Review: C.B Yi’s ‘Moneyboys’

LGBTQ films set in mainland China remain a rarity due to the government’s strict censorship regime. Nearly 30 years after Farewell My Concubine was banned for its overtly queer themes, stories about gay life in the country are few and far between, with many productions forced to abandon ship and shoot elsewhere. Moneyboys is a curious film for this very reason -- a rare depiction of contemporary gay life in China, filmed in neighbouring Taiwan, by a first time director who moved from a rural Chinese village to Austria as a teenager. This might by why, at first glance, C.B Yi's film doesn’t feel culturally specific in its approach to the subject matter, as the heart of the drama appears to be a universally relatable tale of gay self
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