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Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a tightly wound convict fresh out of solitary confinement at a maximum security prison in the Nevada desert. Still wary of human contact, Roman enrolls in a tough but rewarding rehabilitation program learning to train wild mustangs. Under the tutelage of grizzled trainer Myles (Bruce Dern), he takes charge of an ornery horse in the hopes of preparing it for an annual auction. With the wild animal acting as a mirror for his own raging emotions, Roman must learn to tame not only the mustang but also the beast within.

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s engrossing character study finds hope in the desolate, sunbaked beauty of its desert setting. Juxtaposing the regimented rhythms of a prison drama with the wild lyricism of a western, The Mustang depicts one man’s attempts to rewrite the turbulent narrative of his life. Schoenaerts gives a quietly moving performance, suggesting deep wells of feeling buried beneath Roman’s hulking, hangdog frame; memorable performances by Gideon Adlon and Jason Mitchell round out this story of self-discovery in the arid West.

Closed Captioned (CC) features available for this film.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY Premieres


RUN TIME 96 min

COMPANY Focus Features

EMAIL rosa.kim@focusfeatures.com

PHONE (818) 777-4975


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Artist Bio

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre is a French director, actress, and producer living in Paris and the U.S.A. Her first two short films, Atlantic Avenue and Rabbit, played at major festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Clermont-Tonnerre developed the latter short into her debut feature, The Mustang, which won the 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award. She is currently directing the pilot and two additional episodes of Hulu's series The Act.