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Derek Jarman’s THE GARDEN (1990)
December 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival presents:
Special World AIDS Day screening!
Free and open to the public! Derek Jarman’s THE GARDEN (1990)- New Restoration
Half waking dream and half fiery polemic, The Garden was born of director Jarman’s rage over continued anti-gay discrimination and the sluggardly response to the AIDS crisis—he had been diagnosed HIV positive in 1988.
Starring Tilda Swinton, this uniquely kaleidoscopic film shows the filmmaker’s genius at its most coruscating, making space in its breadth of vision for an over-the-top Hollywood-style musical number, nightmare images of tar-and-feather queer persecution, and footage of the particularly menacing-looking nuclear power plant that overlooks Jarman’s own garden, the point from which his film begins and a cherished spot which he must keep to tending even as his body begins to betray him.
Writhing with sorrow and anger, and yet so vividly alive to the loveliness of being, The Garden is a baleful and beautiful epistle from the brink of the beyond. (Derek Jarman, UK, 95min., 1990)
Presented by the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival, which currently unfurls a (roughly) monthly program of films across the academic year. This is the final screening of the fall semester. Look for more events in early 2020.
The Festival is hosted by the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with support from the Peck School of the Arts and the UWM Union Cinema.
Much thanks, also, for the ongoing support of our programming to: the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Eldon E. Murray Foundation Fund; Milwaukee Pride; Michael Ross and D.A. Leonard; and the Cream City Foundation’s Sutton Place Fund.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!