Paranoid Park (2007)





Awards:4 wins & 4 nominations

Bodil Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Nominated Bodil Best American Film (Bedste amerikanske film) Gus Van Sant
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won BSFC Award Best Cinematography
Christopher Doyle
Rain Li
Best Director
Gus Van Sant
Also for Milk (2008/I).
Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2007 Won 60th Anniversary Prize Gus Van Sant
Nominated Golden Palm Gus Van Sant
Independent Spirit Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won Producers Award Neil Kopp
Also for Old Joy (2006).
Nominated Independent Spirit Award Best Director
Gus Van Sant
Best Feature
Neil Kopp
David Allen Cress (as David Cress)

Paranoid Park is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Blake Nelson and takes place in Portland, Oregon. It stars Gabe Nevins as a teenage skateboarder who accidentally kills a security guard.

Van Sant wrote the draft script in two days after reading and deciding to adapt Nelson''s novel. To cast the film''s youths, Van Sant posted an opening casting call on social networking website MySpace inviting teenagers to audition for speaking roles, as well as experienced skateboarders to act as extras. Filming began in October 2005 and took place at various locations in and around Portland. Scenes at the fictional Eastside Skatepark were filmed at Burnside Skatepark which was, like Eastside, built illegally by skateboarders.

Paranoid Park premiered on May 21, at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was given a limited release on March 7, 2008. It grossed over US$4,481,000 from its $3 million budget.[1] The film received mostly positive reviews; some praised the direction and cinematography in particular, though others believed the film to be overly stylized and slow paced. It won one Independent Spirit Award, two Boston Society of Film Critics awards and the Cannes Film Festival''s special 60th anniversary prize.

The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train that was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience.





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