1985

M 85 mins

About the film

Release Date: Apr 25, 2019
Director: Yen Tan
Actors: Cory Michael Smith, Jamie Chung, Michael Chiklis, Virginia Madsen
Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) 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 teen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung), 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.

“Sensitively observed…a model of eloquent restraint” - The Hollywood Reporter.
“Excellent drama…nothing here rings false” – Variety.
“Deeply emotional…earns its tears honestly” – The Wrap.
“Subtle and gripping…a fine piece of cinematic craftmanship” – IndieWire.
“1985 breaks your heart in the precise way it sets out to” – Out Magazine.
“A stunning love letter... a gripping reminder that the social drama need not be loud and tumultuous for it to be effective” - Film Inquiry.

Barcelona IGLFF 2018 Winner - Best Feature
Champs-Elysees FF 2018 Winner - Best American Feature
LA Outfest 2018 Winner - Outstanding Screenwriting

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