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Queens of Qing Dynasty

July 13, 2023

Queens of Qing Dynasty

(Dir. Ashley McKenzie, 2022)

Los Angeles premiere!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


2220 Arts + Archives
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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In a remote small town, a neurodivergent teen forms an unlikely rapport  with an international student from Shanghai volunteering at the hospital  where they are a patient. Between the two, a bond forms, cemented by  their candid conversations, nightly text messages, and exchange of their  deepest secrets. The boundaries of their friendship quickly expand into  something special, altering their inner alchemy.

Queens of the Qing Dynasty is a queer story that breaches the absurd and poetic, the platonic and the  romantic. Both intimate and intense, it explores the intrinsic beauty  and innate flaws of what it is to be human, the profundity of  connection, and the vortex of mental illness. The electronic music score  blurs between cinema foley and sound design to create a feeling of an  alternate plane. Queens of the Qing Dynasty is an affectionate ode to women, asexuals, and neurodiverse and  genderqueer individuals who exist beyond the norms of society by writer  and director Ashley McKenzie, who was previously featured at Acropolis with Werewolf (2016).

In person: Beatrice Loayza

Daring. Destabilizing in the best, mind expanding way.

- Nicolas Rapold, Artforum

A rare, cathartic, and humane commodity. McKenzie has given us a movie worth talking about.

- Adam Nayman, Cinema Scope

Impressive. Showcases McKenzie’s flair for complex characters hoping to break free from their ennui.

- Scout Tafoya,

Wonderfull bizarre... understands queerness the way that bell hooks did: as a 'self that is at odds with everything around it.'

- Beatrice Loayza, The New York Times

Strikes  a bold balance between internal and external observation: The film’s  very intentional performance rhythms and detail-oriented mise-en-scène  continually unsettle.

- Lawrence Garcia, MUBI Notebook

(Available to download after screening date)

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