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Buddies

Director(s)
Arthur J. Bressan Jr.
Country
USA
Year
1985
Language
English
Duration
81 min

The first narrative feature about the AIDS epidemic, Arthur J. Bressan Jr.’s BUDDIES is one of the essential, lesser-known works of American LGBT cinema : perceptive, powerful and necessary.

Otherwise known for his work in pornography (FORBIDDEN LETTERS, JUICE) and activist documentaries (GAY U.S.A.), Arthur J. Bressan Jr. wrote and directed BUDDIES, one of the greatest lesser-known works of American independent and LGBT cinema, and the first feature film to tackle the subject of the AIDS crisis. In the first years of the epidemic, David (David Schachter), a young yuppie working in publishing, volunteers to be the “buddy” of a man dying of AIDS. Assigned to an older activist named Robert (Geoff Edholm), he keeps a journal of his experience, and one bears witness to his political awakening, as their friendship unfolds, encounter to encounter, conversation to conversation : at once tender and tense, complex and necessary. Confronted with death, the two men’s intimacy, vulnerability and sense of community become a potent political statement. 10 days following the film’s premiere in 1985, Ronald Reagan would say the word “AIDS” for the first time; Bressan and Edholm would die from its complications in 1987 and 1989, respectively. Restored in 2018 by Vinegar Syndrome, BUDDIES was shown last February at the Berlinale, for the 40-year anniversary of the Panorama section. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the 2K version, on the big screen, restored from the original 16mm negatives.

 

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Director(s)
Arthur J. Bressan Jr.
Country
USA
Year
1985
Language
English
Duration
81 min
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