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Film Event

Desert Hearts

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Set in 1959, the bold and beautiful film Desert Hearts follows uptight New York professor, Vivian Bell, as she heads west to Reno to get a divorce. While staying at a ranch for divorcing women, she meets Cay, a free-spirited sculptor whose reputation precedes her. One thing leads to another and before you know it, director Donna Deitch becomes the first lesbian director to have a sex scene between women viewed by general movie theatre audiences. When speaking about raising funds for the film, Deitch stated that: "In San Francisco I sold it as politics. In New York as Art. In LA I convinced them it would be a box office hit." Thirty-five years after the film’s premiere, all three remain true.

Director Donna Deitch will join us via Skype for a Q&A following the film.

“Deitch takes lesbian cinema back to its future.”
OUT Magazine
One of the greatest lesbian films of all time.
“Deitch’s direction was inspired and deliberate.”
Directed by: Donna Deitch
Featuring: Helen Shaver Patricia Charbonneau Audra Lindley Gwen Welles Dean Butler
Country: USA Year: 1985 Runtime: 91 mins Rating: STC