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Close-up of Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix in their roles; Reeves wears a dark leather jacket, Phoenix looks over his shoulder, he wears dark sunglasses and a brown and red jacket.
© My Own Private Idaho
Close-up of Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix in their roles; Reeves wears a dark leather jacket, Phoenix looks over his shoulder, he wears dark sunglasses and a brown and red jacket.
© My Own Private Idaho
International Summer Festival 2022
Film

Gus Van Sant

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Tickets:

9 Euro (50% conc. with Festivalkarte). Tickets are available directly at Alabama Kino (via Ticketlink or 040 28 80 30 70)

Dates

Monday

8/22/22

8:00 PM

Alabama Cinema

104 Min. (OmU)

This film marked the beginning of New Queer Cinema and Van Sant’s global career: The director transfers Shakespeare into the sex work milieu and allows River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves to reach great acting form by sending them on a journey to themselves. The two actors were among the most sought-after young stars in Hollywood at the time; Keanu Reeves went on to make a global career with films such as »Matrix,« River Phoenix died in 1993. As an iconic on-screen couple, they made film history with »My Private Idaho« (original title: »My Own Private Idaho«).

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:

TUE 8/23: Milk (2008)

WED 8/24: Last Days (2005)

SAT 8/27: Gucci Presents: Ouverture Of Something That Never Ended (2020)

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»Gus Van Sant Jr. made a big bold leap to join Jim Jarmusch and the Coen brothers in the front ranks of America's most innovative independent film makers.«

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Direction, Screenplay: Gus Van Sant, Cinematography: John J. Campbell, Eric Alan Edwards Editing: Curtiss Clayton Music: Bill Stafford Production: Laurie Parker

Cast: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert, Chiara Caselli, Udo Kier, Rodney Harvey, Michael Parker, Jessie Thomas, Flea, Sally Curtice, Tom Troupe, Grace Zabriskie, Robert Lee Pitchlynn, Mickey Cottrell, Vana O'Brien, James Caviezel, Gus Van Sant

Country: USA Year: 1991 Language/Subtitles: English/German

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