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Art Cinema Award for “The Rider”, by Chloé Zhao, at the Directors’ Fortnight 2017

Art Cinema Award for “The Rider”, by Chloé Zhao, at the Directors’ Fortnight 2017

The International Confederation of Art Cinemas is proud to announce that the ART CINEMA AWARD at the Directors’ Fortnight 2017 in Cannes went to THE RIDER by Chloé Zhao.

Film information

THE RIDER
USA, 2017, 104 min
Direction: Chloé Zhao
Screenplay: Chloé Zhao
Cast: Brady Jandreau, Cat Clifford, Lane Scott, Lilly Jandreau, Tim Jandreau
Production: Caviar, Highwayman Films
International sales: Protagonist Pictures
More information on the festival’s website.

Synopsis

Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over, after a horse crushed his skull at a rodeo. Back home on the Pine Ridge Reservation, with little desire or alternatives for a different way of life, Brady’s sense of inadequacy mounts as he is unable to ride or rodeo – the essentials of being a cowboy. In an attempt to regain control of his own fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Jury’s decision:

For the creative combination of documentary and fiction, sensitivly involving the viewer into the movie, by building the strong empahty with the characters, also for showing American mythology in an unexpected way.

The jury was composed of:

Rita Stanelyte, Kino Pavasaris Distribution, Lithuania
Joanna Piotrowiak, Kinomuza, Poland
Florent Lemmonier, LUX Cadillac, France

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