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Coby and Stephen Are in Love     


Coby and Stephen
Are in Love 

Dir. Luka Yuanyuan YANG, Carlo NASISSE | United States, Mainland China | 2019 | 31 Min.

German Premiere

Language:  English
Subtitle:  Chinese

21/10, 20:00-22:30
Sinema Transtopia

Coby Yee, a 92-year-old retired nightclub dancer and icon from San Francisco Chinatown’s

golden age, and Stephen King, a man 20 years her junior who has been an experimental

filmmaker since the 1960s anti-war movement. They have found an unlikely love in each other

through matching outfits, dance, and art. Coby updated Stephen’s wardrobe soon after they

started dating, she hand-makes all of their clothes and ensures that they never leave the house

without matching outfits from head to toe. Stephen has become Coby’s personal archivist, he

creates photo albums and collages constructed from glamorous images of Coby, from the past

and the present. As their final performance in Las Vegas approaches, Coby and Stephen start

to prepare their last dance on the curtain call.


Director’s Bibliography:

Luka Yuanyuan Yang (b.1989, Beijing) is a visual artist and filmmaker. She does visual

storytelling through film, photography, artist books and performance. By creating narratives

where facts and fiction coexist, she challenges the rigid and conventional interpretation of

history and gives voices to subjects that have been forgotten, silenced, and misinterpreted. She

was graduated from London College of Communications, University of the Arts London with a

BA (hons) in photography.

Carlo Nasisse is a cinematographer and director whose work explores the relationships

between humans, landscape, and politics. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, PBS,

SXSW, Slamdance, SFFILM, Big Sky, and Camden Film Festival.

Festivals / Awards:

  • Atlanta Film Festival 2021

  • “HiShorts!” Film Festival 2021

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