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ON THE ROAD

France / Brazil, 2012 (MIFF 2012, International Panorama)

Director: Walter Salles

ON THE ROAD

“A beautiful and respectful adaptation of Jack Kerouac's landmark novel.” - Hollywood Reporter

Director Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries) successfully takes on a project that has confounded numerous filmmakers for over 50 years: Jack Kerouac's seminal Beat novel On The Road.

Inspired by Kerouac's own life, the story follows aspiring writer Sal Paradise (Sam Riley, brilliant as Ian Curtis in Control, MIFF 07) as he sets off on a devil-may-care road trip across 1940s America with the wild and charismatic Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund, in a career-defining performance). Their journey takes them from New York jazz clubs to Mexican brothels, with exhilarating excesses of sex, drugs and music along the way.

Also featuring Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Elisabeth Moss, this long-awaited adaptation perfectly captures the decadent yet hopeful open road Kerouac wrote about in 1947.

D Walter Salles P Rebecca Yeldham, Charles Gillibert, Nathanael Karmitz S Jose Rivera Dist Icon TD DCP/2012

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