(USA, 2008, 128 minutes)
The true story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the USA, from his move from New York to San Francisco in the mid-seventies to his death at the hands of a disturbed fellow official in 1978. Sweeping, moving biopic whose conventional appearance belies its elaborate, flowing visuals and message of hope and change; Sean Penn gives the performance of a lifetime.
Focus Features presents, in association with Axon Film Finance, a Groundswell Productions/Jinks-Cohen Company production; in association with Twins Financing. Starring Sean Penn; Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Joseph Cross; and James Franco. Directed by Gus van Sant; produced by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen; written by Dustin Lance Black; music by Danny Elfman; director of photography (DeLuxe), Harris Savides; production designer, Bill Groom; costume designer, Danny Glicker; film editor, Elliot Graham.