Exclusive Sundance Clip: No Beating Around the Bush in Kenny Riches’ The Strongest Man

Kenny Riches The Strongest Man

The likes of Alex Ross Perry, Ana Lily Amirpour, Gillian Robespierre and Michael Tully populated the eleven-set selection last year, and it’s become such a popular destination that Sundance organizers gave the NEXT section it’s own sister event in Los Angeles in the summer. This year’s selection of ten films has some familiar filmmaker names, and lesser-known entities such as this knee-slapper cocktail from the sunshine state.

Late next week, filmmaker Kenny Riches will be headed to Park City with The Strongest Man, a portrait of “an anxiety-ridden Cuban man who fancies himself the strongest man in the world attempts to recover his most prized possession, a stolen bicycle. On his quest, he finds and loses much more.”

In this exclusive clip below, we witness Beef (local artist Floridian Robert “Meatball” Lorie) receiving a quasi-stern warning about overstepping the boundaries. Look for the Uncle Boonmee type character lurking in the background.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)