Gerry

Filmed in the stunning deserts of northern Argentina, Utah, and Death Valley, Gerry falls into the category of minimalist road movie—trek movie, actually—as two friends (Casey Affleck and Matt Damon, both named Gerry) set off on foot in the wild in search of the elusive. Very soon they are completely lost, disoriented, and in peril. Inspired by a real-life story and largely improvised on location, the film calls to mind Antonioni’s searching, existential meditations of the ‘60s, or perhaps the mystical visions of Andrei Tarkovsky or Béla Tarr. While the mystery of their destination challenges, the com-plexities of the journey provide a visually striking opportunity to think about where you might be going, the power of nature, the bonds of friendship and Van Sant’s continuing willingness to explore the possibilities of filmmaking.

Genres: Drama

Other Films by Gus Van Sant

Milk

Leading an all-star cast (Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco) in Van Sant’s intimate and meticulously researched biographical drama, Sean Penn gives an astonishingly sensitive and astute performance as political iconoclast Harvey Milk, the self-described “Mayor of Castro Street.” “Milk tells Milk’s story as one of a transformed life, a victory for individual freedom over

Last Days

Michael Pitt portrays a hauntingly familiar figure in this meditation—dedicated to Kurt Cobain—on the final days in the life of a famed musician retreating from the clamor of the world and its myriad, insistent demands. “Success is subjective,” an earnest Yellow Pages salesman tells Blake (Pitt), as he invites him to consider how a directory

Elephant

Winner of the Palme d ‘Or and Best Director awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Van Sant drew inspiration for his key protagonists from the real-life Columbine High School tragedy. Rather than attempting to offer easy explanations, Van Sant creates a highly stylized evocation of a day in the life of a “normal” American high

My Own Private Idaho

Due to a last minute scheduling conflict, Gus Van Sant will be unable to attend the screening. However, we are pleased to announce that Idaho cinematographer Eric Edwards will be joining us in his place. Drawing upon the inherent “road movie” qualities of Prince Hal and Falstaff’s adventures in Henry IV, indie auteur Gus Van

Drugstore Cowboy

Van Sant’s acclaimed second feature is a daring and uncompromising look at outlaw junkie life based on the novel by James Fogle. Set in Portland in the early ‘70s, Matt Dillon gives the performance of his career as Bob Hughes, the superstitious leader of an awkward band of addicts who go directly to the source