BARFLY
1987, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min, USA, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Legendary L.A. scribe Charles Bukowski penned the semiautobiographical screenplay for this gritty but graceful profile of an alcoholic writer. Mickey Rourke stars as Henry Chinaski, subsisting on menial jobs and the occasional writing gig as he spends the nights drinking and fighting with bartender Eddie (Frank Stallone). Golden Globe nominee Faye Dunaway costars as the kindred spirit who takes up with Henry after the two meet at another local saloon.


DESERT HEARTS
1985, Janus Films, 96 min, USA, Dir: Donna Deitch

Director Donna Deitch’s feature debut was this pioneering, 1950s-set lesbian romance adapted from Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart. New York English professor Helen Shaver meets Reno casino worker Patricia Charbonneau at a Nevada ranch that caters to women finalizing their divorces; the two are soon attracted to each other despite their different backgrounds. “An astonishingly polished and nuanced first film.” - Paul Attanasio, The Washington Post.


FELIZ AÑO TIJUANA
HAPPY NEW YEAR TIJUANA
2017, 73 min, Mexico/USA, Dir: Andrew van Baal

Alejandro Serna (Luis Deveze), a Chicano studies professor in the U.S., finds himself alone in Tijuana on New Year’s Eve after missing his flight to his Mexican hometown of León. During a walk, he has a surprise encounter with Ana (Kristine Veta), an attractive American and one of his former students. She invites Alejandro to spend New Year’s with her Mexican friends, a celebration that unleashes an overwhelming flood of emotions - some of them new and very dangerous. This unique look at how luck and chance can change one’s outlook on life is buoyed by outstanding performances and an engaging, dramatic story with plenty of comedic undertones.


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