Magazine article Screen International

Protagonist Boards Chloe? Zhao's 'The Rider' Ahead of Cannes Debut

Magazine article Screen International

Protagonist Boards Chloe? Zhao's 'The Rider' Ahead of Cannes Debut

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US-set title gets sales deal before Directors' Fortnight premiere.

London-based sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has boarded Chloe Zhao's The Rider ahead of the film's debut in Cannes Directors' Fortnight next month.

Written and directed by Zhao, whose first feature Songs My Brothers Taught Me played in Directors' Fortnight in 2015, the US-set film follows a young cowboy who, once a rodeo star, suffers a tragic riding accident.

Non-professional actors Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau and Lane Scott star alongside Cat Clifford, who appeared in Songs My Brothers Taught Me.

Director Zhao met Brady, who is a professional cowboy, while working on her first feature, eventually writing the new film's script based on his story.

The film was produced by Zhao's company Highwayman Films, with Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche of Caviar Films, and Mollye Asher. Caviar's Michael Sagol and Jasper Thomlinson serve as executive producers. …

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