Mala Noche

Mala Noche

Criterion Collection Edition #407

With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant’s debut feature MALA NOCHE heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Set in Van Sant’s 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 director’s work.

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Mala Noche
  • Mala Noche

    Directed by Gus Van Sant • 1985 • United States

    With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant’s debut feature MALA NOCHE heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Set in Van Sant’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, the film evokes a world o...

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  • Gus Van Sant on MALA NOCHE

    The following interview with writer-director Gus Van Sant was recorded in January 2007.

  • Walt Curtis: The Peckerneck Poet

    Directed by animator and filmmaker Bill Plympton, this 1995 documentary provides a glimpse into the life of poet Walt Curtis, on whose memoir MALA NOCHE is based.