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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.
IndieWire
“Deitch’s direction was inspired and deliberate.”
Criterion
Directed by: Donna Deitch
Featuring: Helen Shaver Patricia Charbonneau Audra Lindley Gwen Welles Dean Butler
Country: USA Year: 1985 Runtime: 91 mins Rating: STC