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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

The Rider

Fortnight 2017, Feature film, 1h45


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.


Chloé Zhao

Chloé was born in Beijing, studied politics at Mt Holyoke College and Film at NYU. Her feature debut Songs My Brothers Taught Me premiered at 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will have its international premiere in Directors’ Fortnight at 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Chloé is currently developing her next feature film set in the Sandhills of Nebraska and working on a documentary filmmaking summer camp for youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation. This film is produced by Forest Whitaker for Significant Productions.

Brady Jandreau
Cat Clifford
Lane Scott
Lilly Jandreau
Tim Jandreau

Chloé Zhao

Joshua James Richards

Paul Knox, Ben Gieschen

Alex O’Flinn

Nathan Halpern

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Art Cinema Award

Press release

impressive, stylish bronco rider drama bucks the trend / The Guardian

Chloe Zhao impresses / ScreenDaily

(Chloé Zhao) observe avec un regard critique le cinéma indépendant américain / Télérama

rigueur et délicatesse / Culturebox

Chloe Zhao’s moody, wistful film mourns the thwarted rodeo dreams of a South Dakota cowboy / Variety

Un film sur un cow-boy blessé et une Amérique meurtrie / Libération

Elegaic and Intimate Portrait of Suffering and Cure / screenanarchy

Gros plan sur le nouveau Chloé Zhao / Film de culte

The result is a beautiful, honest account of a tough way of life, one that produces and requires a strong sense of identity and values / The Hollywood Reporter

Casser la foi / Libération

L’effondrement du rêve américain / Le Parisien