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Double Bill: Gus Van Sant

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As one of the most influential directors of American independent moviemaking, as well as a key figure of New Queer Cinema, Gus Van Sant has always stood out for possessing a very eclectic voice of his own, paired with a keen ability to speak both the independent and the mainstream languages on screen.
While his sweet, utterly funny Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot has hit cinemas worldwide in recent months, we’re excited to revisit two of Van Sant’s earlier achievements: both very different but equally endearing voyages through the dreams and pains of American adolescence.

Paranoid Park

Gus Van Sant United States, 2007

Following his big win for Elephant, indie auteur Gus Van Sant returned to Cannes with this dreamlike tale of guilt and loneliness in suburbia. Shot by Christopher Doyle, the legendary DP best known for his work with Wong Kar-Wai, Paranoid Park is a haunting feast for the senses!

Mala Noche

Gus Van Sant United States, 1985

In the 80s, American cinema entered a grungy Golden Age, as a generation of indie films blossomed from modest origins. Made for $25,000 on 16mm, this debut from Gus Van Sant (Elephant, Milk) is a quintessentially American classic, as well as a vital precursor of the New Queer Cinema movement.

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