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Desert Hearts

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Co-Presented with Wicked Queer!

Friday, October 6 – Monday, October 9

(1985) dir Donna Deitch w/Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audrey Lindley [96 min; DCP]
Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first film, DESERT HEARTS, was groundbreaking upon its 1986 release: a love story about two women, produced and directed by a woman. In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell (Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce, but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against the breathtaking desert landscape. With smoldering chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, DESERT HEARTS beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor.

“The romance remains a cultural and sociological icon… as sizzling as ever.” – Lydia Marcus, The Advocate

“Deitch takes lesbian cinema back to its future.” – Armond White, Out Magazine

“Reads between the lines of desire and self-assessment to locate the liminal place where the notion of personal identity begins and ends.” – Clayton Dillard, Slant

“If you found the movie ‘Carol’ to be lacking in emotion and natural warmth, you will enjoy this luminous, heartwarming love story with a Western backdrop and touch of Patsy Cline.” – Merryn Johns, Curve

“A remarkably self-assured, landmark film.” – Hollywood Reporter

“A passionate, beautiful controlled drama.” – The Times of London


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Friday 10/6
at 5:30 7:30 PM
Saturday 10/7
at 1:30 3:30 5:30 7:30 PM
Sunday 10/8
at 1:30 3:30 5:30 7:30 PM
Monday 10/9
at 8:30 PM

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