World soundtrack awards
Archived: 1985 (2018)

director: Yen Tan

composer: Curtis Heath
With: Jamie Chung, Virginia Madsen, a.o.

duration: 85 minutes
Drama, Youth / Coming-Of-Age

Official Selection - Global Cinema
Film Fest Gent - 1985

"If the Oscars' shut-out of the French film 'BPM (Beats Per Minute)' is any indication, Hollywood is still put off by AIDS films, no matter how brilliant. '1985' is arresting in the same way as Robin Campillo's epic portrait of ACT UP Paris, though its story is much quieter. Set in Texas, '1985' follows a young man named Adrian (Cory Michael Smith), who returns to his small Texas hometown to visit his family for Christmas. It's clear in the weighted silences and stilted small talk that Adrian hasn't kept in close touch with his religious family. The film is shot in black-and-white, a simple yet effective way to signal the past that also creates a sense of walls closing in. Writer-director  Yen Tan  renders Adrian's world with understated intensity; each frame feels so precise, as if the scenery is holding its breath along with Adrian." (Indiewire) 

ATTENTION: due to a problem with the sound of the copy, the first screening of 1985 had to be cancelled. The problem has been solved, so the 16/10 and the 18/10 screenings will take place as was originally planned.


director: Yen Tan
composer: Curtis Heath
producer: Ash Christian, Hutch
screenplay: Yen Tan, Story by Hutch
Editor: Hutch, Yen Tan
Cinematography: Hutch

production company: RainMaker Films

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch subt.
Country: United States of America
year: 2018


YEN TAN (1975): Love Stories (2011, short), Happy Birthday (2002), Deadroom (2005), Ciao (2008), Coda (2008, short), Wanted (2011, short), Pit Stop (2013), Until We Could (2014, short), The Outfit (2015, short), 1985 (2016, short), 1985 (2018).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,66


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