Join DC APA for a screening of Taiwanese film “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” The screening is presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), Washington, DC. Arvin Chen’s latest film, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” “is a whimsical, light-hearted comedy that explores where and we get our notions of love and happiness. The film examines how society’s expectations and demands doesn’t necessarily promote individual happiness in modern day Taipei.
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” reunites director Arvin Chen with his “Au Revoir Taipei”.editor, Justin Guerrieri. Justin Guerriri, editor of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” will be in DC for the film’s October 6 screening. Guerrieri will take part in a Q & A session after the film.
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” tells the story of Weichung, a closeted gay man, who begins questioning his marriage of 9 years after his wife announces her desire for a second child. Meanwhile, his younger sister Mandy has abuptly broken off her engagement she becomes alarmed at the prospect of lifelong domesticity.
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” examines where our notions of love and happiness come from. Taiwan has changed a lot in the 30 years since my parents left the island. Martial law ended, Taiwan transitioned to a democracy, and McDonald’s was introduced. When a country goes through so many changes rapidly, people begin to question traditional ideas about what constitutes a fulfilled and satisfying life. “Will You Sill Love Me Tomorrow?” shows characters receiving different messages about love from various sources such as family, friends, the wedding album industry, and Korean dramas.
The film also explores the tensions between that arise when what makes an individual happy doesn’t align with what society wants of them. It’s particularly interesting to me to see this topic explored in a Taiwanese setting where historically, major life decisions like choosing a college major have been determined by what society needs of you rather than personal interest. My friend’s father desperately wanted to be an engineer as a young man in Taiwan but college majors were determined by college entrance exam scores. High-scoring students were admitted to engineering school but the highest scoring students were sent to medical school. My friend’s father intentionally got questions wrong in an attempt to attend engineering school. However, the year he took his college entrance exam, the scores were generally lower and he still had one of the highest scores which meant that he was not admitted to engineering school but medical school instead. For Weichung, pursuing romance and desire means neglecting his familial responsibilities. I’m curious to see how Weichung balances his personal desires with what society wants of him.
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” takes place in Taipei which has been called the Portland of Asia. This is a city where a hike in the mountains is just a metro ride away and people’s idea of fun is eating the night away. Taipei’s cute cafes and art galleries provide a fine setting for a romantic comedy. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” The film was shot in Taipei for four months. Guerriri, who was raised in the Washington, DC area, stayed in Taipei all throughout filming. Editing was completed 10 weeks after production.
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” premiered at Berlin and Tribeca. You can catch the film’s screening on October 6, 2013 at 2 PM in the Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art. The screening is FREE and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The screening is sponsored by the Tapiei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), Washington, DC. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” will be released nationwide in December 2013 by Film Movement.
The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the editor, Justin Guerrieri. Guerreiri studied film at USC where he met director, Arvin Chen. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” is Guerrieri’s third film with Chen. Guerrieri also edited “Mei” which won the Silver Bear in Berlin in 1997 and Chen’s feature “Au Revoir Taipei”. Guerrieri’s feature directorial debut, “Trail of Blood” will be released by Lionsgate later this year. “Trail of Blood” is a thriller that Guerrieri also wrote and directed with his brother.
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The Film: “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”
Screening Time: Sunday, October 6, 2013, 2 PM
The Venue: Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art.
Run Time: 104 minutes
Q & A Session with Justin Guerrieri