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SWEETGRASS

USA / UK / France, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Wild Things)

Director: Lucien Castaing-Taylor

“Monumental. An anthropological work of art.” - Cinema Scope

A giant bleating flock of three thousand sheep take to the big mountains - and the big screen - in a documentary unlike anything you've seen before. Following ‘the last ride of the American cowboy', Sweetgrass documents the final sheepherder drive into Montana's Beartooth Mountains, an unforgiving landscape that punishes both man and beast.

Debunking the myths about what real cowboys go through, Sweetgrass follow the wranglers over a period of months as they herd their moveable feast through numerous hardships and punishing weather conditions, in what is an epic, awe-inspiring journey that pits the tenacity of human resolve against the indifferent havoc of nature.

“At once epic-scale and earthbound… showcases an elemental intimacy between man and animal.” - Variety

D Lucien Castaing-Taylor P Ilisa Barbash WS Ilisa Barbash TD 35mm/2009

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France,UK,USA, 2012
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