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Beefing Up: FilmBuff Freestyling with “The Strongest Man”

Following in the footsteps of Tangerine and Nasty Baby, there is plenty of valuable loot left untouched from Sundance’s NEXT section. The FilmBuff folks have picked up Kenny Riches’ The Strongest Man and according to Deadline, plans are for them to pop a wheelie and release the odd-ball laugher sometime this summer.

Gist: This is 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.

Worth Noting: Welcome to Miami….In our Trading Cards series profile, Riches says that is lead character Meatball is “a Miami artist and a real fixture in the city.”

Do We Care?: Major trades dismissed this mischievous little number, but we’re open to checking out this curiosity item.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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