The Delta (film)

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The Delta
The Delta film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ira Sachs
Screenplay by Ira Sachs
Mauricio Zacharias
Distributed by Strand Releasing [1]
Release date
  • September 9, 1996 (1996-09-09)
Running time
85 min [1]
CountryUnited States

The Delta is an American dramatic LGBT film directed by Ira Sachs. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 1996. [2] The 85 minute film was shot with 16mm film. [3] It won the "Outstanding Emerging Talent" award at Outfest in 1997, [2] and was also nominated for the "Producer's Award" (for producer Margot Bridger) at the 1997 and 1998 Independent Spirit Awards. [4]



The Delta tells the story of 18-year-old Lincoln Bloom (Shayne Gray), who, after leading a relatively straight teenage life, is slowly drawn into the LGBT world and discovers he is bisexual. After visiting various shady establishments (including gay bars, video arcades, etc.) and engaging in sexual acts with "men he didn't know," Lincoln meets Minh Nguyen (Thang Chan), a Vietnamese immigrant, and travels down river with him in a cabin cruiser. In a doomed relationship, the two bond with each other, Lincoln neglecting to tell his girlfriend and leading two parallel lives.



The Delta was filmed entirely in Memphis, Tennessee, Sachs's hometown, [5] and includes scenes of Memphis locations. [1] [6]


The film received mostly positive reviews, with IndieWire calling it the "essence of independent film." [7] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it " evocative that it is poetic in its impact." [8] However, it was also criticized by The New York Times [4] and others for leaving viewers with too many questions and moving too abruptly from plotline to plotline.

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