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USA / 2018 / 85:00

Director: Yen Tan

The year is 1985 and you’re listening to Madonna on your Walkman. Meanwhile, young gay men are trying to find the strength to tell their estranged families that they are dying. Expanding from his short film of the same title (featured at Inside Out 2016), director Yen Tan further underscores one such story.

It’s been three years since Adrian returned from New York to spend Christmas with his Bible Belt family in Fort Worth, Texas. Hiding behind the guise of a successful life in the Big Apple, he struggles to divulge the truth about his sexuality and his health, before it’s too late. But being honest is proving to be more difficult than he expected.

Beautifully shot in black and white, and featuring moving performances by Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis, 1985 intimately and compassionately captures one man’s life during the first wave of the AIDS crisis.