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DESERT HEARTS + SHORT FILM

DESERT HEARTS + SHORT FILM

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DESERT HEARTS + SHORT FILM

  • Directed by Donna Deitch
  • Starring Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers, Dean Butler, Alex McArthur
  • screens w/ Short Film FROM A TO Q
  • 1986 | 96mins | USA | rated (18)

Director Donna Deitch makes a strong impression in her first feature film, a 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.



Screening prior to DESERT HEARTS on the night, we'll see the short film FROM A TO Q!


FROM A TO Q [2021]

Director: Emmalie El Fadli

Starring: Sophie Rivers, Holly Ashman


When Alex wakes suddenly from a dream in which she confesses her love to a girl, her whole world is turned upside down.