26. Gus Van Sant
Chris Fujiwara

Gus Van Sant occupies an unstable position in contemporary American cinema. On the one hand, he has made commercially successful films in a mainstream style, featuring strong lead performances, and focusing on themes of outsiders (Good Will Hunting, Milk). On the other hand, he has turned his back on a mass audience by making blatantly experimental and ambiguous films in a visual style that is alternately soothing (with slowly unfolding long takes) and jarring (with disruptions of mood and point of view). Elephant is one of the most extreme films in the latter group, an attempt to depict a notorious real-life event (the Columbine High School massacre of 1999) in a highly formalized style, without building a conventional narrative framework or offering any of the typical kinds of explanations for such tragedies.

26. ガス・ヴァン・サント