You are here

Desert Hearts

Film/Video

Desert Hearts, image courtesy of Janus Films.
Desert Hearts, image courtesy of Janus Films.
Desert Hearts, image courtesy of Janus Films.
Desert Hearts, image courtesy of Janus Films.

Desert Hearts

(Donna Deitch, 1985)

New Digital Restoration

Thu, Oct 12, 2017 7 PM

Groundbreaking and ripe for rediscovery, Desert Hearts was nearly unprecedented in American film as a woman-produced, woman-directed feature depicting a positive lesbian love story. Set in 1959 and based on the beloved novel by Jane Rule, the movie centers on a repressed east coast professor (Helen Shaver) who arrives in Reno, New Mexico, for a divorce when she catches the eye of a younger, free-spirited casino worker (Patricia Charbonneau). Their burgeoning romance unfolds against the breathtaking desert landscape, enhanced by smoldering chemistry between the actresses and sumptuous cinematography by a young Robert Elswit. (96 mins., DCP)

Special-event parking is available in the Union Garage. Please pay with $5 cash.

PARKING UPDATE: Construction at 15th and High. For more information click here.

Sign up to receive center event updates directly in your inbox.

Enjoy an array of benefits including free gallery admission, ticket discounts, and more.

Find us, follow us, and continue the conversation wherever you are online.

Your support makes a meaningful difference!