Paranoid Park

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An unsolved murder at Portland's infamous Paranoid Park brings detectives to a local high school, propelling a young skater into a moral odyssey where he must not only deal with the pain and disconnect of adolescence but the consequences of his own actions. As director of MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, GOOD WILL HUNTING, TO DIE FOR and ELEPHANT, Gus Van Sant has created some of the most memorable films about youth ever committed to film. At the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, he was awarded the 60th Anniversary Prize for Paranoid Park which is largely considered on of his finest films. Based on the novel by Blake Nelson and photographed by the incomparable Christopher Doyle (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE), the film has captivated audiences worldwide, becoming a unanimous standout at the Cannes, New York and Toronto Film Festivals.

Acclaim

"One of the most moving films of Gus Van Sants fascinating career...The films visual beauty is so striking."
Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES
"Lovely and Lyrical."
A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES
"A beauty of a movie."
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"EXQUISITE. A sublime coming-of-age film. And it is gorgeous. so far beyond the earlier work that you might be hard-pressed to guess the films were by the same auteur."
Mark Peranson, Cinemascope Magazine
"GRADE A! SEDUCTIVE AND MEMORABLE.... A film I cant wait to get lost in again."
Scott Tobias, The Onion AV Club
"DAMN BRILLIANT. Packs an emotional wallop."
Erica Abeel, Filmmaker Magazine
"One of the 10 best films of the year. RAPTUROUSLY BEAUTIFUL...THRILLING."
Amy Taubin, Art Forum
"A MASTERPIECE. THE BEST FILM I'VE SEEN SO FAR THIS YEAR. That might sound like faint praise, so let me phrase it this way: I will be astonished if I see a better film this year."
Noah Forrest, Movie City News
"Masterful. Truly uncanny. Van Sant comes close to inventing his own film language. Wonderfully lucid: It makes confusion something tangible and heartbreak the msot natural thing in life."
J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Moody, mesmerizing. Deeply moving...Heartfelt."
David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"******! Unforgettable. Bursting with incredible visuals. Van Sant has created his most compassionate film about a lost boy since My Own Private Idaho."
Melissa Anderson, Time Out NY

Awards

60th Anniversary Award 2007
Cannes Film Festival 2007
Official Selection
Toronto Film Festival 2007
Official Selection
New York Film Festival 2007
Official Selection
Portland International Film Festival 2008
Nominee - Best Feature, Best Director, Producer Award
Independent Spirit Awards 2008
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Opens 3/07/2008

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Paranoid Park
US | 2008 | U | 80 min
Mar 7, 2008

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