Mala Noche 1986
Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by maverick writer Walt Curtis, the film is set in Portland, populated by non-professionals, and shot in high-contrast black and white (with a couple of color interludes).
Mala Noche follows the struggling author on his quest to connect with Johnny, the pretty illegal alien who rode a train to Puddletown from Mexico and who is far cagier than his silence would suggest. Johnny keeps Walt at arm's length, even when money is offered, sticking around for the things he can get from the desperate store clerk and playing at street games that skirt the edges of danger. The closest that Walt ever gets to sleeping with Johnny is Robert, a.k.a. Pepper, the even quieter sidekick. Over the course of a couple of weeks, the boys move in and out of Walt's life, twist him in knots, and also get more trouble than they bargained for.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:17:55 | 7.44 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Director: Gus Van Sant
Cast: Tim Streeter, Doug Cooeyate, Ray Monge
Country: USA
Genre: Drama

• Gus Van Sant interview (24:53)
• Walt Curtis, the Peckerneck Poet: a documentary about the author of the book Mala Noche, directed by animator and friend Bill Plympton (1:03:16)
• Storyboard gallery
• Original trailer edited by Van Sant (1:30)

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