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France, USA 2007 | 85min
Paranoid Park tells about a brutal killing that takes place near the favourite spot of a group of Oregon skaters, and the effect it has on one of the youths. The 16-year-old Alex has accidentally caused the death of an aged night guard and cannot comprehend what has happened, not to mention relieve his heart, tormented by unconscious pain, of it.
Gus Van Sant seems to have a perfect understanding of the emotional landscape of the youths, and he has created a film with some of the most beautiful and challenging images, sounds and atmospheres of his entire career. PARANOID PARK echoes with the complicated moral overtones of his early masterpieces such as "Drugstore Cowboy". The hypnotic cinematography is the handiwork of Chris Doyle, famous for his work with Wong Kar-wai.
Director: Gus Van Sant
Prod: Marin Karmitz, Nathanael Karmitz
Scr: Gus Van Sant
DoP: Christopher Doyle, Rain Kathy Li
Ed: Gus Van Sant
Cast: Gabe Nevins, Daniel Liu, Taylor Momsen, Jake Miller, Lauren McKinney
World Sales: MK2
Festivals and awards: Cannes (in competition, 60th Anniversary Prize), Espoo, Toronto, Edinburgh, Raindance, New York