ACMI & MQFF present
Opening Night – Private Desert (Open Captions)
A tale in two parts – lovers who’ve not met, separated by miles of desert – a journey of transcendence, of knowing one's true desires.
Burned-out cop, Daniel, throws caution to the wind and sets out to find his online crush Sara who ghosted him suddenly. Travelling 2,000 miles across regional Brazil in search of her, Daniel finds himself in a game of cat and mouse. But when Daniel finally finds Sara, she’s not quite what he expected.
Set against a backdrop of provincial conservatism in contemporary Brazil, Private Desert is a journey of the heart that will change Sara and Daniel forever. In the tradition of A Fantastic Woman and Strawberry and Chocolate, the film is a swoony, sun-baked romance and a triumphant affirmation of queer love.
CONTENT ADVICE: English language is not subtitled
Red Carpet at 6pm with the screening at 6.30pm followed by the official MQFF32 Opening Night Party
Couple the brilliant construction with the intense performances from Saboia and Fasanaro, and we have one of the more memorable foreign romance films in recent memory.
Screens with short film
Graveyard Shift (2022)
Directed by Morgan Flint | Australia | 7 mins
When Brian rises from the dead, he finds an unexpected companion in Jesse, a convenience store clerk. Excited to explore the world, they embark on a late-night adventure - but Brian soon realises that a second chance at life comes with gruesome side-effects.
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