With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant's debut featureMala Nocheheralded 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 Nochewas an important prelude to the New Queer Cinema of the nineties and is a fascinating capsule from a time and place that continues to haunt its director's work.
Gus Van Sant
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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Gus Van Sant
New interview with Van Sant
Walt Curtis, the Peckerneck Poet: a documentary about the author of the bookMala Noche, directed by animator and friend Bill Plympton