MNFF Selects Concludes Series Of Films With “The Rider”

MNFF Selects, the series of monthly screenings presented by the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, will conclude its season with the acclaimed drama “The Rider,” by Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao, on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. In keeping with the theme of this year’s Selects series, “Humans and Animals: Shared Experiences, Intersecting Worlds”, this magnificent second feature from Zhao tells the poignant and powerful story of a young rodeo cowboy who, after having suffered a near-fatal head injury, must embark on a search for a new identity and come to terms with what it means to be a man in the heart of America.

Focusing on life in the native community of the Pine Ridge Reservation, Zhao offers a penetrating view of masculinity and humility in a world where humans and animals are so completely intertwined. Winner of numerous festival and critical awards, including Cannes, Deauville, Reykjavik, Palm Springs and Sarasota, “The Rider” is a bold and compassionate film that probes deeply into the depths of its characters. “The Rider” is rated R.

“MNFF Selects is thrilled to present this wonderful film to close out its 2021-22 run, said MNFF Producer Lloyd Komesar. “When you watch ‘The Rider’, you clearly witness director Chloé Zhao’s growing confidence in this style of naturalistic cinema. The evolution of her vision, creativity and wisdom continued with her success announced with Nomadland, winner of two Oscars, Best Picture and Best Director, in 2021. And, at this point, she has definitely taken her place as one of our brightest and most innovative independent filmmakers.

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