A ROMANCE GROWS AS A DISTANT WAR DRAWS NEAR. A PAINFUL GOODBYE TO A YOUNG SOLDIER. HAVEN'T YOU SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE?
Sunset takes a familiar trope -- the “off-to-war” goodbye -- and renders it with unashamedly queer characters who face a unique set of challenges. Peter and Arnie find each other in the shadowy gay world of the early 1940’s. After the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, they must decide if they are willing to fight for a country that does not accept them. Each wrestles with a dilemma that is both highly specific to their sexuality and undeniably universal. Honor, responsibility and patriotism collide with sexuality, otherness, and of course, love.
We chose to tell this story because, since gay people are not born into LGBTQ families, they do not grow up hearing stories of queer heroes, and because, at present, most of the community have only a tenuous understanding of where they have been. By giving voice to a voiceless history, we create a fuller present: one connected to the past, and therefore to the future.
More importantly, Peter and Arnie’s story allows us to tap into an eternal ache: the desire to be seen and loved for who you are. To connect with someone in a real way, no matter how brief the time or precarious the circumstances.
And then, somehow, to find the strength to say goodbye.
- Katie Ennis & Gary S. Jaffe