Gus Van Sant to receive Stockholm Visionary Award

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Van Sant was nominated for Oscars for Milk and Good Will Hunting

Milk and Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant has been named as this year's winner of the Stockholm Film Festival's Visionary Award.

Festival director Git Scheynius said the alternative America of Van Sant's movies was "a celebration of film art".

Van Sant's films had been a feature throughout the festival's 20-year history, he added.

When he picks up his award in November, he will follow in the footsteps of directors including Wes Anderson.

Terry Gilliam and Wong Kar Wai have also been presented with the Visionary Award, while last year's winner was Leon director Luc Besson.

Other Van Sant films include 1991's My Own Private Idaho, starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves, and 2003's Elephant, based on the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.

The US film-maker, 51, was nominated for Oscars for Milk and Good Will Hunting.

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