Van Sant Wins Cannes

Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant” wins the grand prize at Cannes. “It was certainly exceptional for an American film, the first ever submitted for the festival competition by HBO, to be acknowledged in such a way. ‘Elephant’ is a documentary-like examination of an ordinary day in a mostly white, middle-class high school in which the calm is splashed with a corrosive burst of violence: two boys arm themselves and begin shooting.”