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Plot, Details & Awards

Paranoid Park

Rated R for some disturbing images, language and sexual content.

R In Theaters 03/7/2008 , 84min.
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Plot & Details

A teenage skateboarder has a run-in with a security guard that results in the man's death. Confused, fearful, and evasive, the teen wanders the streets of Portland as his life takes a turn for the worse in director Gus Van Sant's screen adaptation of author Blake Nelson's grim coming-of-age tome. Alex (Gabe Nevins) is a withdrawn 16-year-old boy who has recently discovered Paranoid Park -- a massive skate park in Portland, OR. The Portland skate punks built Paranoid Park so they could have a place to cruise the concrete without being hassled by the cops. One day, after befriending a local skater and anarchist at the park, Alex decides that a little adventure might be just the thing to help him forget about his problems back home. When Alex and his new friend attempt to hop a train and a security guard gives chase, tragedy strikes so quickly that the two teens are barely able to comprehend what has just happened. In the aftermath of the fatal accident, one man is robbed of life and two teens are left to ponder the consequences of their youthful recklessness. Alex doesn't think that anyone will believe him if he explains how events really unfolded that night, but why would anyone have cause to think he wasn't telling the truth in the first place? As the police launch an investigation into the death and Alex begins to express himself in a deeply personal diary, the audience is able to experience the pain and confusion of adolescence from the perspective of a young boy who was only seeking to escape from reality when suddenly confronted by the concept of mortality.

Awards

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Director Gus Van Sant Won
2008 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Christopher Doyle Won
2008 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Rain Kathy Li Won

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Cannes Film Festival Special 60th Anniversary Award Gus Van Sant Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature David Allen Cress Nominated
2007 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Gus Van Sant Nominated
2007 Independent Spirit Awards Producers Award Neil Kopp Won
2007 Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature Neil Kopp Nominated

New York Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 New York Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Rotterdam International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Rotterdam International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Vancouver International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Vancouver International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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