DESERT HEARTS - Out at the Movies
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Out at the Movies Co-Presented by L.I. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

New Digital Restoration! DESERT HEARTS
Thursday, August 24 at 7:30 pm
Members $11 | Public $16  |  Free for Young Film Fan members!

A new restoration of Donna Deitch’s landmark lesbian romance about a New York professor who travels to Reno in 1959 for a divorce and finds passion under the desert sun with a casino dealer one decade her junior.

Long before Todd Haynes’ Carol, Director Donna Deitch made her directorial debut with the simple story of a lesbian love affair, based on Jane Rule's 1964 novel Desert of the Heart. Helen Shaver stars as Vivian Bell, an uptight 35-year-old Columbia University professor who travels to Reno to get a divorce. She arrives in Reno on her way to Frances Parker's (Audra Lindley) ranch, where she is staying to establish six weeks of residency in order to obtain the divorce. Once at the ranch, Vivian catches the fancy of Frances's adopted daughter Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), a casino worker ten years younger than herself. Vivien tries to remain unruffled as Cay makes unabashed overtures to her. Cay thinks that all Vivian needs is the love of another woman, and soon enough the two are in each other's arms. (USA, 1985, 96 min., English, R, DCP | Dir. Donna Deitch)