Uitkijk Specials – New Queer Cinema: Happy Together

11 June - Filmtheater de Uitkijk, Amsterdam
21:00 - €12,50 - Free for members

We’ve teamed up again with Amsterdam’s most romantic cinema, Filmtheater de Uitkijk. Aside from their assorted agenda, the entirely student-run theater not only offers a diverse array of films but also curates bimonthly ‘specials’—themed series of movies that screen every Tuesday night.

This summer’s special is New Queer Cinema. This curated selection of films explores the revolutionary wave of narratives that emerged during the turbulent mid-1980s. “Amidst the AIDS crisis and the rising conservatism under Reagan, mainstream media painted a one-sided and unrepresentative picture of the queer community. In response, brave and unconventional filmmakers rose to reclaim their narratives, laying the groundwork for what B. Ruby Rich defined in the early 1990s as NEW QUEER CINEMA. Rich described this genre as a collection of works that, while not sharing a uniform cinematic language, were united in foregrounding queer narratives that had previously been merely implicit.”

One of the selections is Happy Together (1997): a poetic and intoxicating portrait of broken love. Lai and Ho travel through Argentina together, caught in a stormy relationship full of passion and destructive jealousy. Upon their arrival from Hong Kong in Argentina, their paths diverge after a fierce argument. Ho (Leslie Cheung) heads to Buenos Aires, while Lai (Tony Leung) takes a job as a doorman in a tango bar and tries to get his life back on track. Despite everything, Lai longs to be happy together with Ho again.

Subbacultcha members can attend the screening of Happy Together for free. There are limited spots available. Please make a reservation by sending an email to citing ‘Happy Together’ in the subject line + your name in the email. Not a members? Sign up here. Or purchase a regular ticket here.

Happy Together (1997, Wong Kar-wai)