The Map of Sex and Love

March 8 (Tuesday showing, 7 pm only)
The Map of Sex and Love
(China, 2001, 133 min)

A provocative but rooted portrayal of sexuality, both gay and straight, The Map of Sex and Love looks at three interrelated characters and their pasts. Director Evans Chan illustrates each character’s passion through their stories of Nazi Gold, war-torn Belgrade, and rubber bands, with postcolonial Hong Kong as the backdrop. While making the traditional Chinese dish pomelo fish stew as a tribute to her mother, Mimi (Cherie Ho) meets Larry (Victor Ma), a gay dancer who is interested in Mimi’s dedication to a dish that takes two months to prepare. Haunted by a trip to Eastern Europe, Mimi becomes upset when Larry discusses his gay sexuality. Larry then hooks up with Wei Ming (Bernardo Chow), who is creating a documentary about the building and development of Hong Kong Disneyland. A film that borders on avant-garde experiment and cinéma vérité, The Map of Sex and Love will challenge audiences’ assumptions about the human experience of love. This film is sponsored by the Schulze Speaker Series and is screened in conjunction with the director’s visit to UNC.