TRIBUTE - GUS VAN SANT

Gus Van Sant has been winning over critics and audiences alike since bursting onto the scene with his widely acclaimed feature film "Mala Noche" (1985), which won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Independent Film of 1987. Van Sant’s body of work includes many hallmarks of 90’s independent cinema, notably "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989), "My Own Private Idaho" (1991) and "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues" (1993). His direction of Nicole Kidman in the black comedy "To Die For" (1995) won a Golden Globe Award and was screened at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. Van Sant received a Best Director Academy Award nomination for "Good Will Hunting" (1997), which received a total of nine nomination. He followed with the controversial remake of a classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Psycho" (1998), which was the first shot-for-shot recreation film.
The new millennium brought the release of the literary drama "Finding Forrester" (2000).
Van Sant returned to his indie roots with the beautiful and austere "Gerry" (2000), which he wrote with film’s stars Matt Damon and Casey Affleck. The experience of making the improvisational "Gerry" informed the making of Van Sant’s next film "Elephant" (2003), which premiered in competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, where it garned the Palme d’Or and Best Director prizes. His last feature "Last Days", which screened at BNFF, is a fictional meditation on the inner turmol that engulfs a brilliant but troubled musician in the final hours of his life.


GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997)
ELEPHANT (2003)
LAST DAYS (2005)

 
   
 
 
 
 
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