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Kamikaze Hearts

Directed by Juliet Bashore

Release: 1986
Runtime: 77 mins
Country: U.S.
Language: English

Alternately distressing, instructive, contestable, and fascinating, Juliet Bashore’s quasi-documentary plunge into the 1980s porn industry takes an unsparing look at issues of misogyny, drug abuse, and exploitation via the story of two women—the naive newcomer Tigr and her partner, the magnetic, imperious porn veteran Sharon Mitchell — caught in a toxic romance.

By turns mesmerizing and unsettling, Kamikaze Hearts is both a fascinating record of pre-gentrification San Francisco’s X-rated underground and an intense, searing love story. The film offers a disturbing glimpse of the modification of bodies, feelings, and lives. New restoration!

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Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Color: Color


Venue City Date
Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles Los Angeles 1653019200May 20 - May 27, 2022
Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan New York 1653624000May 27 - June 2, 2022
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission San Francisco 1653019200May 20 - May 28, 2022
Austin Film Society Austin 1652414400May 13 - May 17, 2022
BAM Rose Cinemas Brooklyn 1652414400May 13 - May 20, 2022
Cicada Cinema Bloomington 1661313600August 24 - August 31, 2022
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1652932800May 19 - May 23, 2022
Denver Film / Sie FilmCenter Denver 1652932800May 19 - May 24, 2022
Lightbox Film Center Philadelphia 1654747200June 9 - June 14, 2022
Nitehawk Cinema Brooklyn 1658203200July 19 - July 20, 2022
Stray Cat Film Center Kansas City 1655870400June 22 - June 27, 2022
Suns Cinema Washington 1654833600June 10 - June 17, 2022
The Beacon Seattle 1653019200May 20 - May 23, 2022
Winnipeg Cinematheque Winnipeg 1653019200May 20 - May 27, 2022