“(…) The Rider is a stunningly-shot film, its crisp imagery and livid sound design in natural harmony with piece and its South Dakota settings. On a purely narrative level, Zhao’s story may strain as it edges down familiar routes, but its emotional connections pulsate throughout, making this a natural for festival and arthouse play to Zhao’s growing fanbase. Her approach to fictionalised biography should also be embraced, as it continues to break new ground. The Rider starts on a seductive note, with burnished close-up imagery of a stallion courtesy of DoP Joshua James Richards, one of the true stars of this show. A young man – possibly still a teenager – awakens to reveal a giant gash in his head, sustained at a rodeo. Zhao found Brady Jandreau and his friends and family while on the reservation shooting Songs, and this film mirrors Brady’s own life story: these white-skinned Lakota Sioux are also cowboys and men of the land. (…)” (Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International)

Around The World in 14 Films 2017, presented by Peter Rommel

With the support of Agentur Heppeler


+++ Berlin Premiere +++

Country: USA 2017
Production: Caviar, Highwayman Films
Cast: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Cat Clifford, Terri Dawn Pourier, Lane Scott
Format: DCP / colour
Length: 104 min.
Language: English OV / German subtitles
Distribution Germany: Weltkino,
Festivals: Cannes, Sarajevo, Telluride, Deauville, Toronto, Hamburg, London, New York etc.
Awards: Cannes Quinzaine, Deauville, Reykjavík, Hamburg etc.