MALA NOCHE

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MALA NOCHE

Gus Van Sant
USA, 1985
Fiction, 78min, OmdU

MALA NOCHE

Gus Van Sant
USA, 1985
Fiction, 78min, OmdU

Cast: 
Tim Streeter
Walt
Doug Cooeyate
Johnny
Ray Monge
Pepper
Screenplay: 
Gus Van Sant nach einer Vorlage von Walt Curtis
Sound: 
Pat Baum
Camera: 
John Campell
Editor: 
Gus Van Sant
Composer: 
Creighton Lindsay
Decoration: 
Gus Van Sant

Production: 
Northern Film Company
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant's debut feature Mala Noche heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Set in Van Sant's hometown of Portland, Oregon, the film evokes a world of transient workers, dead-end day-shifters, and bars and seedy apartments bathed in a profound nighttime, as it follows a romantic deadbeat with a wayward crush on a handsome Mexican immigrant. Mala Noche was an important prelude to the New Queer Cinema of the Nineties and is a fascinating time capsule from a time and place that continues to haunt its director's work.