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WAR PONY [USA], Thursday 19 October, 8pm

By August 10, 2023December 28th, 2023archive, Season 24 Autumn 2023

Online booking is appreciated and we cover the cost of your booking fee.  Click here to buy your ticket for War Pony.

Stunning, tender and utterly compelling, War Pony tells the interlocking stories of two Oglala Lakota men coming of age on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

At 23, Bill just wants to make something of himself. Whether it’s syphoning gas, delivering goods or breeding poodles, he is determined to carve his way to the ‘American Dream’. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Matho can’t wait to become a man. Desperate for approval from his young, unavailable father, a series of destructive decisions turns Matho’s life upside down and he finds himself unequipped to deal with the harsh realities of the adult world.

A powerful tale of life, hope and belonging on the Reservation. Featuring spellbinding performances from first-time actors Jojo Bapteise Whiting and LaDainian Crazy Thunder, and created over a period of several years, in collaboration with members of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

War Pony is the directorial debut of Riley Keough (Daisy Jones & The Six, Zola) and Gina Gammell, and written with first-time writers, Franklin Sioux Bob and Bill Reddy.

Winner, Caméra d’Or for Best Debut Feature, Cannes Film Festival, 2022.

For clarity, we will screen War Pony with English subtitles.

This Caméra d’Or winner (for best debut feature at Cannes) is a keenly observed, subtle, and challenging drama about a corner of society never included in the American dream, one that reveals both the spirit and longing found there. – Irish Independent

A new directorial dynamic duo has arrived. – Little White Lies

Working with Gammell, Keough … successfully transitions to the other side of the camera with this respectful take on a community under pressure. – Irish Times

Riley Keough is an actor who establishes her film-making credentials with this terrific debut feature, co-directed with Gina Gammell. – The Guardian

The rangy, inquisitive screenplay… doesn’t artificially intertwine this pair’s life stories. Instead, it simply allows them to play out in tandem, inviting us to spot the reflections and echoes. – Daily Telegraph

  • USA, 2022 | Language: English, screened with English subtitles | 114 minutes | Cert: 15A
  • Directors: Gina Gammell, Riley Keough
  • Cast: Iona Red Bear, LaDainian Crazy Thunder, Jojo Bapteise Whiting
  • Foreign language films are subtitled.  Cert: CLUB for over 18s.
  • A short film may be shown before the feature.
  • Tickets: €8.50/€7 concession
  • Cork Cine Club is absorbing the cost of online booking fees.
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