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LGBT Center presents "Dark Habits" (Spain, 1983)

  • Savannah's LGBT Center 1515 Bull Street Savannah, GA, 31401 United States (map)

Savannah’s LGBT Center, 1515 Bull St., hosts the latest installment of a new series known as “The Look Back.” This ongoing showcase of edgy, queer-oriented cinema from around the world is a collaboration between The House of Gunt’s Max Arnzen and yours truly. The goal is to provide a chance for locals and visitors alike to view respected and sometimes obscure examples of feature narrative films and documentaries that spotlight the full range of LGBTQ experiences — and to do so in an intimate environment that is welcoming to all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

All of these screenings are free and open to the public, and there are even free concessions, as well. I will note, though, that voluntary donations in any amount are certainly accepted and appreciated. So, if you come and enjoy yourself, please do consider throwing a few dollars in the jar to help us cover the costs of licensing these films and buying the snacks!

This month’s selection is famed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s controversial 1983 melodrama “Dark Habits,” which caused quite a stir when it premiered at the Venice Film Fest. It seems many devout Catholics in the crowd took great exception to this slyly humorous tale of a cabaret singer who, after her boyfriend dies of a drug overdose, hides from the police inside a bizarre convent of non-traditional nuns, each of whom represents a different sin. A transitional film for the director, it remains one of his least-known efforts here in the U.S., yet it helped to cement his international reputation as a fearless auteur unafraid of mocking the status quo. Showtime is 7 p.m.