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A Place Like Home: The Cinema of Gus Van Sant

19.02.2018 - Gus Van Sant, moderated by Marten Rabarts

There is no denying that Gus Van Sant is a living legend of US cinema. Van Sant emerged in the 1980s as a trailblazer of the young auteur cinema movement, and although his films often represent homosexual relationships, they do not politicise or overtly thematise them. His empathy for characters living on the fringes of society has resulted in a body of work committed to themes of unrequited love, alienation and non-normative concepts of family. Van Sant shares insights about his latest, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (Competition), as well as about his experiences working between art house and big budgets and what it means to be one of the most influential outsiders in indie film today.


Gus Van Sant

photo of Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant is a director, screenwriter, producer, photographer and musician. Since his directorial debut MALA NOCHE screened in Panorama in 1986, he has been a regular guest at the Berlinale. In 2003, his film ELEPHANT won the Palme d’Or and Best Director at Cannes. He has made films with William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, and music videos for David Bowie and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His works include the award-winning PARANOID PARK (2007) and the Oscar-winning biopic MILK (2008). His most recent Berlinale Competition contribution was the drama PROMISED LAND in 2013.

Moderated by

Marten Rabarts

photo of Marten Rabarts

Marten Rabarts translated a background and education in theatre and dance into the independent film industry of New York, L.A. and London in the 1980s. He moved to the Netherlands in the 1990s, where he headed the Binger Filmlab as Artistic Director for 12 years. In 2012, he moved to Mumbai to become Head of Development and Training of the National Film Development Corporation of India. He returned to Amsterdam in 2015 to become Head of EYE International for the promotion of Dutch cinema in world markets.