The first feature-length drama about AIDS, Buddies has long been unavailable until now. MQFF is proud to present a new 2K digital restoration of the film. When David (David Schachter) volunteers to be a “buddy” to an AIDS patient, the gay community centre assigns him to Robert (Geoff Edholm), a politically impassioned gardener abandoned by his friends and lovers. Revolving around the confines of Robert’s Manhattan hospital room, director Arthur J. Bressan Jr (who sadly succumbed to the disease not long after completing the film) skilfully unfolds this devastating two-hander as David is slowly changed by knowing Robert and so too are we. This is a timeless and affecting portrait of a devastating era in gay history.