Video Essay. Anaphora: Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park"

Anaphora is an on-going series of video essays exploring the neglected films by major directors. Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park (2007) is showing May 17–June 15, 2019 on Mubi in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland as part of the series Cannes Takeover.Gus Van Sant can be a difficult director for which to wave the flag at present. You just never know if he’ll be making a pleasant if weightless drama designed to play endlessly on cable channels in need of harmless programming or if he’s going to make the single most haunting film you’ll see in a given year. After almost a decade of not-quites and outright critical disasters, he made Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot, which looked like a run-of-the-mill inspirational movie but in fact contained some of his most engaged and empathetic filmmaking to date, housed a murderer’s
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