Gus Van Sant
Gucci Presents: Ouverture Of Something That Never Ended (2020)
In November 2020, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele presented his latest collection as a seven-part mini-series created together with Gus Van Sant. At the center is the Italian performer Silvia Calderoni (who will also be a guest again at Kampnagel in December with her group Motus). Van Sant follows her through Rome with his camera and creates a colorful utopia of life. The series begins in Calderoni's apartment, where philosopher Paul Preciado addresses her with a critique of gender ascriptions and proclaims the revolution of love and desire. In the following episodes, Calderoni meets Arlo Parks in a café, rehearses a bolero choreography with Sasha Waltz and her ensemble in the theater, and encounters the musician Florence Welch in a second-hand Guccci store, where she programmatically writes "Tomorrow could be different" on a piece of paper. Calderoni is joined again and again by musicians such as Billie Eilish or Harry Stlyes, who talks to the 82-year-old Italian art historian and Transavantgarde theorist Achille Bonito Oliva. In a cinematic flow of music, philosophical sentences, stylish outfits and beautiful images, Van Sant celebrates individuality and art with this mini-series.
Gus Green Van Sant Jr. (b. 1952) is an American filmmaker, painter, screenwriter, photographer and musician from Louisville, Kentucky. With films in both independent and mainstream cinema, Van Sant has become one of the most prominent film auteurs in the world over the past 35 years and is considered an outstanding representative of a New Queer Cinema movement. In addition to the Palme d'Or in Cannes and two Academy Awards, Van Sant has won numerous awards. His best-known films include »My Own Private Idaho«, »Good Will Hunting«, »Finding Forrester«, »Elephant«, »Last Days«, »Milk« and »The Sea of Trees«. Also running at the Summer Festival this year is TROUBLE, Van Sant’s first production for the theater and a Summer Festival co-production.
More films by Gus Van Sant at Alabama Kino as part of the Kampnagel Summer Festival:
MON 8/22: My Own Private Idaho (1991)
TUE 8/23: Milk (2008)
WED 8/24: Last Days (2005)