Intercultural Prog: 1985
Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, "Gotham") returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his younger brother Andrew while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Academy Award Nominee Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Golden Globe Award Winner Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly, their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him. Shot on black-and-white super 16mm film, 1985 takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family.
'A moving cinematic sketch of a HIV-infected man living through the height of the plague.' Glenn Kenny, New York Times
'1985 feels like a missing minor classic from the decade that preceded the rise of the so-called New Queer Cinema.' Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
'A compassionate, beautifully acted film.' The Guardian
'A fine piece of cinematic craftsmanship.' Indiewire
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