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With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Santís debut feature Mala Noche heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Set in Van Santís 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 Noche was 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 directorís work.

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Special 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 book Mala Noche, directed by animator and friend Bill Plympton Storyboard gallery Original trailer edited by Van Sant PLUS: A new essay by film critic Dennis Lim

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