ELEPHANT

V'03

ELEPHANT

Gus Van Sant
USA, 2003
Fiction, 81min, OmdU

ELEPHANT

Gus Van Sant
USA, 2003
Fiction, 81min, OmdU

Cast: 
Alex Frost
Alex
Eric Deulen
Eric
John Robinson
John
Elias McConnell
Elias
Jordan Taylor
Jordan
Timothy Bottoms
Mr. McFarland
Matt Malloy
Mr. Luce
Screenplay: 
Gus Van Sant
Sound: 
Leslie Shatz
Camera: 
Harris Savides
Editor: 
Gus Van Sant

Production: 
Produktion Meno Film 122 Hudson Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10013, USA T 212 334 30 95 danywolf@aol.com
World Sales: 
HBO Films London Warner House 98 Theobalds Road WC1X 8WB London, Großbritannien T 20 7984 5051 rosabosch@hbo.com
Distribution in Austria: 
Stadtkino Filmverleih Spittelberggasse 3 T 1 522 48 14 stadtkino@nextra.at
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Developing the influence of Bela Tarr (as well as Tarkovsky) on his own work, Gus Van Sant has crafted a powerful, poetic retelling of the Columbine High School massacre. The films strongest suit is its refusal to pander to classic TV-drama clichés of heroic students or deserved targets much of the action is almost impossible to predict. Yet, simply by tackling such an incendiary topic as Columbine Van Sant risks, and somewhat falls victim to, not completely exploring the subject matter. And the directors decision to be somewhat objective and not take a stand on the kids state of mind is a double-edged sword: the film bravely challenges the audience to participate in determining the root causes of such events, but it also invites lazy and simplistic psychological explanations for such behavior. (Stephen Garrett)