1985 (Opening Night Film & Party)
New York City Premiere
Dir. Yen Tan, USA, 2018, 85 mins
Set during the early AIDS crisis, Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, GOTHAM, CAROL) returns to his Texas hometown for Christmas, keeping quiet about his sexuality and HIV status. Award-winning writer-director and NewFest alum Yen Tan (PIT STOP, CIAO) delivers a poignant period piece about a gay man tying up loose ends—whether it’s with his conservative parents (Academy Award-nominee Virginia Madsen and Emmy Award-winner Michael Chiklis), a high school ex-girlfriend (Jamie Chung), or his younger brother (Aidan Langford, BOSCH), who shows an interest in Madonna and may be following in Adrian’s footsteps.
Shot on crisp black-and-white super 16mm film and featuring career-best performances from its cast, Tan’s powerfully textured 1985 is a new queer classic—addressing the AIDS crisis in a sensitive, reflective and, most importantly, modern light.
Writer: Yen Tan
Cast: Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung, Tina Parker, Bill Heck, Ryan Piers Williams
IN PERSON:Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis
Q&A with filmmaker and cast to follow
Ticket includes film and entrance to the Opening Night Party at Plunge Rooftop Lounge at the Gansevoort Meatpacking, hosted in partnership with Stoli. With special guest DJ Sammy Jo [Scissor Sisters].