From Friday, July 13th to Thursday, July 19th,
Le CiNéMa Club presents
FOUR BOYS IN A VOLVO
A Film by
Gus Van Sant
With Lucien, Danny, Joe, and Mark
Directed by: Gus Van Sant - Written by: Ken Woodard - Produced by: Steve Nealy
- Cinematography: Harris Savides - Music: Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz - Editor: Wade Evans
USA - 1996 - 4 min
→FOUR BOYS IN A VOLVO
, Gus Van Sant
To mark the U.S. release of Gus Van Sant’s splendid latest feature Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Le CiNéMa Club is thrilled to present this week Four Boys in a Volvo, a beautiful and rarely seen short film directed by the great American filmmaker, in a restored version by the Academy Film Archive. In a couple of minutes and sequences, Gus Van Sant kidnaps our eyes, bringing us along the journey of four teens driving through the open road of an American desert landscape.
The short film was made from material shot for a Levi’s commercial on which Gus Van Sant was given complete freedom. Van Sant delivered the ad, and separately made his own short film; one that feels complete in and unto itself. The stunning, natural-lit frames are the result of what might be the filmmaker’s first collaboration with his long-time collaborator, the much revered, and sadly passed, cinematographer Harris Savides. The pair later worked together on all of Van Sant’s features from Gerry (2002) to Restless (2011). In Four Boys in a Volvo, repeating images of a car driving through a desert road remind us of Van Sant’s later films Gerry or Last Days (2005). This elliptical film conveys one of the filmmaker’s most beloved themes; a portrait of youth in search of meaning and escape.
Gus Van Sant’s latest feature Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot is a moving and uplifting film based on the memoir of the same title by artist and cartoonist John Callahan — with wonderful performances by Joaquim Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Jack Black, Rooney Mara, Kim Gordon, Udo Kier and Beth Ditto. It is released in select theaters in the U.S. this Friday, July 13th 2018.
Le CiNéMa Club would like to thank Gus Van Sant and the Academy Film Archive for making Four Boys in a Volvo available on the site.
Trailer for Gus Van Sant’s latest feature Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot, opening this week in select U.S. theaters
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Written by: Ken Woodard
Produced by: Steve Nealy
Cinematography: Harris Savides
Music: Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz
Editor: Wade Evans
USA - 1996 - 4 min