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January 25 @ 18:00 - 20:00
UNICORN NIGHTS presents: A 20th Anniversary screening of BENT (1997) in acknowledgement of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and LGBT History Month.
In 1930s Berlin, Max (Clive Owen) sleeps with German officer Wolf (Nikolaj Waldau), only to see him killed by his fellow Nazis the next morning. Fleeing with his boyfriend, Rudy (Brian Webber), Max is eventually caught and forced to beat his partner to death on a train to prove they have no connection. He’s then sent to Dachau concentration camp and meets Horst (Lothaire Bluteau), a proud gay man also bound for the camp. Despite their harsh surroundings, the two fall in love.
One of the most beautifully harrowing films about being an LGBTQ person during the Holocaust in WW2. Featuring powerful performances from stars Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau, Ian McKellen and a small but searingly memorable role by Mick Jagger as the drag queen Greta. His soaring rendition of Philip Glass’s Streets of Berlin, which rings out across the debauchery and urban rubble below, is a transcendent moment in a film of near-unrelenting bleakness.
Based on the play of the same name by Martin Sherman who also wrote the screenplay.