China, USA | 2023 | 90 min. | N-13
As the city of Chengdu changes, the future of the beloved club Funky Town is unclear. For a vibrant group of DJs, drag performers, lovers, ravers, and skaters this is a sanctuary for underground partying which allows them to thrive after the sun sets. It’s the one place that accepts them for who they really are, whilst they run away from their problems during the day. With construction cranes looming from an encroaching metro station, the friends are forced to face what brought them to the party in the first place and make the most of their remaining time there. The Last Year of Darkness is a coming-of-age film that celebrates the ephemerality of youth – from love to loss, from throwing up to growing up.