16.04. ‐ 21.04.2024
War Pony

War Pony

Riley Keough, Gina Gammel

When do we feel we belong somewhere? What place do we call home? For two young Native American men living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the United States, these questions circle their hearts as they try to find their place in the middle of a tug-of-war between modernity and tradition, community and individuality, belonging and breaking away. Finding love in harshness may be difficult but they will soon find it essential for finding their path.

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Direction Riley Keough, Gina Gammel
Country USA
Year 2022
Duration 115 min
Language English
Production Riley Keough, Gina Gammell, Willi White, Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Ryan Zacarias, Salim El Arja, Bear Damen, Val Abel
Cast Jojo Bapteise Whiting, Ladainian Crazy Thunder, Jesse Schmockel, Wilma Colhoff, Iona Red Bear
Camera David Gallego
Script Franklin Sioux Bob, Bill Reddy, Gina Gammell, Riley Keough
Editing Affonso Gonçalves, Eduardo Serrano
Sound Jeremy Emery, D.Chris Smith, Matt Glanvill


Cannes 2022 - Camera d’Or (Best Debut), Zürich Film Festival 2022: Special Mention Golden Eye (Feature Film)

About the Directors

“Danielle Riley Keough (born May 29, 1989) is an American actress. She made her feature film debut at age 20, appearing in a supporting part in the musical biopic “The Runaways” (2010), portraying Marie Currie. She subsequently starred in the independent thriller “The Good Doctor” (2011), before being cast in a minor role in Steven Soderbergh's comedy film “Magic Mike” (2012). She had her first big-budget release in the action feature “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015). (Wikipedia)

“Gina Gammell is a Director and Producer from Los Angeles, California. In 2017, Gammell, Riley Keough created a production company dubbed Felix Culpa. Immediately after the launch of this new company, her and Keough acquired rights to books, and projects involving television and film.These projects included producers such as, Studio 8, Scott Free, Pilgrim Media Group and Regan Arts. Gammell has producing credits on Welcome the Stranger, starring her co-owner Riley Keogh, as well as films such as, “Sweet Lamb of Heaven”, “Dixieland”, and “Heartthrob” (Everybodywiki)

Press Reviews

“The tenderness, wisdom and instinct to survive of two teenage males is beautifully observed in actor-turned-director Riley Keough’s debut feature” (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

The Directors About the Film

“It’s a really personal movie, it wasn’t made for an audience, really. It was made for all of us and for our friends. So, I hope it connects. I hope people can connect with it and that there’s universal ways to connect to them.” (Riley Keough in an Interview with Rebecca Ford, Vanity Fair)



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