For cinema lovers, an intriguing exhibition on the American film director Gus Van Sant is taking place at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris.
With 16 movies, Gus Van Sant has proved himself as the heir of the beat generation, the group of authors whose literature explored and influenced American culture in the post-World War II era.
His style ? An omnipresent youth in his movies incarnated by actors like Keanu Reeves, James Franco, River Phoenix, Mia Wasikowska…
His films typically deal with themes of marginalized subcultures, in particular homosexuality. Van Sant is considered one of the most prominent authors of the new queer cinema movement.
His characters are often excluded or marginalized : the murderer teen in “Elephant” which depicts the Columbine shootings in 1999, a poor kid who is not taken seriously in “Will Hunting” with Matt Damon, a suicidal artist in “Last Days” which recounts the three last days of Kurt Cobain before he shot himself…
Gus Van Sant is not just a film director. He is a the same time a painter, photographer, musician and an author.
The exhibition will last until the 31 June 2016.
Van Sant present a series of collages, portraits and photos taken with a polaroid in the 1980’s, as well as comments on his movies and on his work process.
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