BENT – Sacramento LGBTQ Film Festival

BENT – Sacramento LGBTQ Film Festival


Opening Night Film

Director: Yen Tan
2018 | USA | 85 min
Friday, October 12; 9:15pm


Coming home for Christmas after living in NYC for three years, Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, Gotham, Carol) struggles to reconcile his current life in with that of his religious, conservative family back in small town Texas. His father (Michael Chiklis, Emmy/Golden Globe winner, The Shield) is cold and distant, while his mother (Virginia Madsen, Academy Award Nominee, Sideways) presses him about meeting up with his childhood girlfriend. Adrian begins to feel the full weight of the choice before him: to be honest with his family about who he is and face the consequences, or to return to New York without revealing his truth.

Yen Tan’s (Pit Stop) nostalgic and gorgeously realized new film features standout performances from the ensemble and is shot on exquisitely-rendered black-and-white 16mm film captures the period brilliantly.

Interview below with Director, Yen Tan, Actors: Corey Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen and more from SXSW 2018


1985 Official Trailer