Portland pals Gus Van Sant and Blake Nelson adapt the young-adult novel Paranoid Park into a dreamy, elliptical film.
The idea of indie auteur Gus Van Sant filming a young-adult novel might seem odd at first, but a closer look suggests more than a little destiny at play in the director's latest, Paranoid Park, adapted from Blake Nelson's 2006 novel of the same name. The film, which advances the dreamy, elliptical style of Van Sant's recent work by adding noirish elements to it, opens with a haunting image of Portland, Oregon's St. Johns Bridge, set to the eerie strains of Nino Rota's score for Federico Fellini's Juliet of the Spirits. It's a perfect way to kick off the proceedings––not only because Portland plays such a dramatic role in the film but also because the city itself practically conspired to bring together Paranoid Park's two creators.
Van Sant and Nelson had, in fact, hovered around each other over the years in
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