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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Rider

2017, Chloé Zhao, USA, 104 min. With Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 22nd 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 22nd 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 23rd 5:15pm
  • Sun, Jun 24th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 25th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jun 26th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jun 27th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 28th 8:15pm

"Subtle, elemental and powerfully beautiful, THE RIDER is the Western of the new century, and the most enveloping film experience I've had this year." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"Nothing short of a masterpiece, an elegant work of cinematic poetry that elevates the everyday struggles of real people to the level of high art." - Clint Worthington, Washington Post

One of the most enthusiastically reviewed films of the year, THE RIDER heralds the emergence of a major new female filmmaker and the discovery of a charismatic young star. Chinese-born, American-educated Chloé Zhao casts Brady Jandreau as a lightly fictionalized version of himself: a 22-year-old Lakota Sioux horse trainer and rodeo performer who has been sidelined by a serious head injury that makes further competition in the arena potentially life-threatening. As Brady struggles to deal with the loss of what had defined his young life, Zhao immerses us deeply in his relationships with his family (also essentially playing themselves), with his friends (ditto), and, most grippingly, with horses (a scene in which he settles an untamable horse is breathtaking in its authenticity). Together with her nonprofessional actors and superb cinematographer (Joshua James Richards of GOD'S OWN COUNTRY), Zhao achieves a remarkable fusion of documentary-like immediacy and visual poetry, as well as a sensitive new model of American masculinity. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Note: The Tuesday, June 26 screening will be open-captioned.

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