By Keely Savoie
“The Rider,” the latest film by Chloé Zhao ’05, took the top prize at the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
The film, featuring a cadre of non-professional actors and shot in Zhao’s signature dreamy visual style, tells a fictionalized tale of a South Dakota rodeo rider who sustains a head injury. Her first feature film, “Songs My Brother Taught Me,” also set in South Dakota, premiered to acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Festival.
Called a “rare gem” in a “Hollywood Reporter” review, “The Rider” is a continuation of Zhao’s efforts to tell complex stories of authentic struggle and redemption and exploring questions of belonging and home, character and commitment.
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