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TIFF 2010 Top 10 New Faces: #5. Rod Rondeaux

Unless you were at the Venice and/or TIFF film festivals, chances are you haven’t seen Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff. The number five spot is reserved to someone who, I was surprised to “encounter” as the film unfolded and I would even suggest you skip over onto the next “New Face”. Pic above, is obviously not related to the pic.

#5. Rod Rondeaux – Meek’s Cutoff

Unless you were at the Venice and/or TIFF film festivals, chances are you haven’t seen Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff. The number five spot is reserved to someone who, I was surprised to “encounter” as the film unfolded and I would even suggest you skip over onto the next “New Face”. Pic above, is obviously not related to the pic.  

Rod Rondeaux has done mostly stuntman work and played a small role in Ron Howard’s The Missing, but this is his breakout role in playing The Cayuse. He doesn’t speak one word of English, but what he does say in the native American language and the mannerisms he employs was probably meticulously researched. His gaze alone is worthy of a mention.

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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