Chloé Zhao on “The Rider”
The Rider won the Art Cinema Award, the top prize at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight a year ago and was picked up by Sony Classics. The film is the sophomore effort by Chinese-American director Chloé Zhao and her second feature set on the Lakota Indian Reservation of South Dakota (her debut features Songs My Brothers Taught Me screened in Cannes and at the Sundance Festival in 2015). The Rider follows a young South Dakota rodeo cowboy, played by real-life rider Brady Jandreau. The HFPA’s Ting Ting Xu, spoke to Zhao about the film and about shooting on the “Res” as a Chinese woman director.