|Gus Van Sant
Sneak Preview & Retrospective Double Feature!
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From his striking debut in 1985 with MALA NOCHE to independent landmarks DRUGSTORE
COWBOY and MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, Gus Van Sant established himself as one of the
leading personal voices in American cinema. In the years since, his combination of
stylistic experimentation and heartfelt interest in contemporary life has distinguished
films as diverse as TO DIE FOR, GOOD WILL HUNTING and the audacious ELEPHANT and LAST
DAYS. The Aero screens a selection of highlights from van Sant's illustrious career, as
well as a sneak preview of his latest masterpiece, PARANOID PARK, winner of a
spcial 60th anniversary prize at Cannes last year.
Friday, February 29 7:30 PM
Gus Van Sant Double Feature:
MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, 1991, Fine Line Feature,
104 min. River Phoenix plays a troubled narcoleptic looking for a family, and Keanu
Reeves is a street hustler trying to flee his, in this beautiful and thoroughly
original drama. Director Gus Van Sant uses Shakespeare by way of Orson Welles (the
film owes a great deal to Welles's CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT) to create his underlying structure,
but the characters and elegant use of Pacific Northwest settings are all his own. A
seminal work in the history of American independent film, MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO is both
heartbreaking and inspiring, and contains career-best work from Phoenix and Reeves.
DRUGSTORE COWBOY, 1989, MGM Repertory, 102 min.
Devilishly charming Matt Dillon is the head honcho of a quartet of
neer-do-well addicts (the superb Kelly Lynch, James LeGros and Heather
Graham round out the foursome) who support their habits by robbing drugstores in the
mid-1970s Northwest. Director Gus Van Sant expertly shifts his matter-of-fact tone
from humorous to gut-wrenching, proving a potent force to be reckoned with in his first
major film. The picture that made critics stand up and really take notice of Matt
Dillons multi-faceted talent. With James Remar as Dillons cop nemesis
and William Burroughs as a junkie ex-priest.
Saturday, March 1 7:30 PM
PARANOID PARK, 2008, IFC, 84 min. Director Gus
Van Sant returns to the teenage milieu of ELEPHANT with this visually striking and
emotionally affecting adaptation of Blake Nelson's coming of age novel. Gabe Nevins plays
Alex, a teenage skateboarder involved in the accidental killing of a security guard who
struggles to wipe the incident out of his mind. With help from legendary cinematographer
Christopher Doyle (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE), Van Sant crafts a moving, impressionistic
portrait of a troubled youth. PARANOID PARK won the special 60th Anniversary Award at the
2007 Cannes Film Festival.