Capital Celluloid 2020 – Day 37: Thu Feb 6

Gerry (Van Sant, 2002): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.40pm

This 35mm presentation, also being shown on February 22nd, is part of the Big Screen Classics strand at BFI Southbank. Full details here.

Guardian review (full version here):
If you can imagine Dude, Where's My Car? rewritten by Samuel Beckett, you have some idea of what this intriguing, ferociously austere, but subtly and unlocatably humorous picture feels like. It was evidently a labour of love for director Gus Van Sant and his two principals, Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, and made before his latest film, Elephant - the powerful Columbine nightmare which this year deservedly carried off the Golden Palm at Cannes. Gerry is actually a riveting companion-piece to Elephant, and together they make up a remarkable career triumph for Van Sant after the soupy drama Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester, his woeful flirtations with the commercial mainstream. It is not precisely a return to Van Sant's widely publicised indie roots, but actually a vivid progression, a bold excursion into a European cinematic sensibility, which Van Sant cooks up with some Americana of his own devising.
Peter Bradshaw

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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