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Dear Friends,

in 1991, River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves, portraying two street prostitutes in My Own Private Idaho, took us on a trip to the dark side of the USA – a seedy, disturbing and vulnerable place entirely at odds with the great American Dream. It also launched one of Hollywood’s most unusual and distinct cinematic careers with Gus van Sant.

Since then, oscillating between classic Hollywood productions like Good Will Hunting or Milk, and highly experimental, challenging art house movies such as Drugstore Cowboy, Elephant or Last Days, Gus van Sant is one of the very few directors to work within and without Hollywood with remarkable ease and credibility, shaping a strangely addictive and consistently courageous filmography.

If anything, it is a recurring affinity for the fragile and excluded – addicts, hustlers, politicians, rock stars – and for youth, at that breaking point where innocence ends, that unites van Sant’s vast and diverse body of work.

Gus van Sant offers us a profoundly humane view of the world. It is a cinema defined by tenderness and slowness, preferring to observe rather than manipulate. A cinema of gaps and open endings, where mood reigns over meaning, where what we see and hear doesn’t quite add up, leaving us wondering.

In a suitably meandering interview with mono.kultur, Gus van Sant talked about his second chance as a director, inventing films on the spot and why Hollywood always wins.

Visually, the issue is heavily influenced by Gus van Sant’s quiet cinematic style, submitting itself to an endless horizon of American landscapes, leaving ample space to words, skies, and the occasional figure drifting into sight.

Winter will come to an end, we have been assured, and in the meantime, you can pass the time with our very latest issue, available as usual through our online store mono.konsum, and at the trusted book dealer of your choice very soon indeed.

Enjoy and all our best,


mono.kultur #38
“I’m not actually involved, but I’m observing.”

Winter 2014/2015 / English / 15 x 20 cm / 44 Pages
Interview by Anna Saulwick
Introduction by Kai von Rabenau
Film Stills by Gus van Sant
Design by Linda Riedl

One Comment

  1. loo wrote:

    It ‘looks’ Wim Wenders issue more than Gus.

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 05:25 | Permalink

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  4. [...] isn’t much we can add to the excellent review over at magCulture as far as the design of our latest issue featuring the great Gus van Sant is concerned. Like van Sant’s cinema, the issue is a quiet affair, setting up a few basic [...]