Intertwining the stories of two Lakota boys on the Pine Ridge Reservation, War Pony is a tender portrait of the difficulties faced by twenty-three-year-old Bill (Jojo Bapteise Whiting), who hustles for a better life through odd jobs and get-rich-quick schemes, and twelve-year-old Matho (LaDainian Crazy Thunder), who, in his over eagerness to gain his father's approval, desperately loses his way.
A series of impulsive decisions turns Matho's life upside down, and he finds himself unequipped to deal with the harsh realities of the adult world. 'War Pony' is a tender portrait of two boys' troubled passage into adulthood and a deserving winner of the top prize in the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard.
Cannes Film Festival, 2022
International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2023
South by Southwest Film Festival, 2023
Winner, Caméra d'Or, Gina Gammell, Riley Keough, Cannes Film Festival, 2022
‘... there is in their lives something genuinely uplifting and heroic.’★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
‘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.’★★★★ Hilary White, Irish Independent.