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National Premiere / Co-production REf

Teatro Argentina
October 7th - 10th 2021

Gus Van Sant



Gus Van Sant is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author who has earned acclaim as both an independent and mainstream filmmaker. His films typically deal with themes of marginalized subcultures, in particular homosexuality; as a result, Van Sant is considered one of the most prominent auteurs of the New Queer Cinema movement. He made his feature-length cinematic directorial debut with Mala Noche (1985). His second feature, Drugstore Cowboy (1989), was highly acclaimed, and earned him screenwriting awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle and the award for Best Director from the National Society of Film Critics. His next film, My Own Private Idaho (1991), was similarly praised, as was the black comedy To Die For (1995), the drama Good Will Hunting (1997), and the biographical film Milk (2008); for the latter two, Van Sant was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and both films received Best Picture nominations. In 2003, Van Sant’s film about the Columbine High School massacre, Elephant, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Van Sant also received the festival’s Best Director Award that same year. In addition to directing, Van Sant has written the screenplays for several of his earlier works, and is the author of a novel, Pink. A book of his photography, 108 Portraits, has also been published, and he has released two musical albums.



Text and direction: Gus Van Sant
Music and lyrics: Gus Van Sant
With: Carolina Amaral, Diogo Fernandes, Francisco Monteiro, Helena Caldeira, João Gouveia, Lucas Dutra, Martim Martins, Miguel Amorim, Valdemar Brito
Artistic collaboration and dramaturgy: John Romão
Musical direction: Paulo Furtado / The Legendary Tigerman
Vocal direction: João Henriques
Set design: José Capela
Set Assistant: Assistance António Pedro Faria 
Set images: José Carlos Duarte
Light design: Rui Monteiro
Sound design: João Neves
Sound technician: Rui Antunes
Costumes: Joyce Doret
Technical direction: Gi Carvalho


Production Credits

Executive production: Francisca Aires
Production: BoCA (Lisbon)
Co-production: National Theatre D. Maria II, deSingel, Romaeuropa Festival, Onassis Foundation, Kampnagel, La Comédie de Reims, Théâtre de la Cité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie, Teatro Calderón
Supports: Teatro Thalia, Suspenso

Commissioned project by BoCA