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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘THE RIDER’

May 26, 2017

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Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) announced they have acquired the North American, Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Europe rights to Chloé Zhao’s THE RIDER.

The film premiered during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight section to stellar reviews. It marks the second project from writer-director Zhao, who previously made the 2015 Sundance drama Songs My Brother Taught Me, which screened at Directors’ Fortnight.

The Rider is a drama about a young cowboy who suffers a near fatal head injury and embarks on a search for a new identity.

Here’s the full synopsis:

Based on his true story, THE RIDER stars breakout Brady Jandreau as a once rising star of the rodeo circuit warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Also starring Tim Jandreau, Lily Jandreau, Lane Scott and Cat Clifford.

Zhao said:

“The films Sony Pictures Classics has distributed throughout the years have been a great inspiration to me. I’m very excited to find such a great home for THE RIDER.”

SPC said:

“THE RIDER is a real find, a fresh, authentic American movie. Watching it with an audience is a transformative experience. Chloé Zhao is a new master of the medium. We are excited to be bringing THE RIDER to the public.”

Cavia and Highway Films produce with Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, and Mollye Asher.

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