MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO
11 FEBRUARY 2017 / FABRICA
(GUS VAN SANT, 1991)
CERT 15 / 104 MINS / USA
PART OF THE QUEER DREAMS SEASON
in assocation with Eyes Wide Open Cinema
We begin our series on a road. There's not another road anywhere that looks like this road - I mean, exactly like this road. It's one kind of place. One of a kind... like someone's face...
Mike (River Phoenix) and Scott (Keanu Reeves) are two sex workers hustling around the US to make ends meet. However, Mike’s narcolepsy means he must rely on Scott’s friendship to ensure his safety during their travels. When Mike goes in search of his long lost family, the two find themselves on a precarious journey of discovery and change. One of the earliest films in the trend now referred to as New Queer Cinema, and one of the most well-known representations of male sex work and male bisexuality, this is a remarkable feature in queer cinematic history, as well as being a gritty, sexy, and stylish road movie.