Derek Jarman & Paul Humfress • U.K. • 1976
A soldier becomes the object of his commander's desire.
Stripped of rank and exiled to a remote Sardinian outpost, Roman soldier and suspected Christian Sebastian becomes the object of his commanding officer's aggressive desire. As Sebastian turns his back on his fellow soldiers in favor of his own mystical longings, the sun-bleached Mediterranean idyll becomes a psycho-sexual hothouse where lust sets the stage for a shocking tableau of martyrdom.
Audaciously filmed in Latin dialogue and featuring a score by cult composer Brian Eno, Sebastiane is both a milestone of British independent film and a pioneering work of queer cinema. Derek Jarman’s feature film debut premiered at Berlin, Locarno, Outfest, and Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival.