Saturday, May 14, 2011

News: New Days

Gus Van Sant during the Cannes Film Festival.
(Gus Van Sant/ New York Times, 2011)

Filmmaker Gus Van Sant's latest film, Restless, deals with a young person with cancer and how it affects the lives of her friends and family. It premiered at Cannes this month. Some are saying it marks a return to minimalist yet experimental style the director has grappled with in previous films, such as Elephant and Last Days. In a broader context, it's another film on the theme of premature death; more accurately, the context surrounding a premature death, that the director has long been preoccupied by. See this brief but interesting interview in the New York Times for more information.