The Strongest Man

About

YEAR 2014

SECTION NEXT

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 99 min

LANGUAGE English/Spanish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

Beef is a beefy Cuban man who believes that he is The Strongest Man in the World. He doesn’t want children, but he wants to tell his grandchildren about his life as The Strongest Man in the World. His best friend is a slight Korean man named Conan. Conan makes him think about things he normally doesn’t think, like the fact that Beef thinks in Spanish, rather than English. Illy, the adopted daughter of a rich art collector, brings out an anxious side in Beef. But it is when his prized possession—a solid gold BMX bicycle—is stolen from him that Beef finds and loses so much more than he thought he could.

This delightfully odd, original, unpredictable gem of a film from director Kenny Riches is as warm and playful as it is profound, and it serves up its philosophical psychology to a punk rock soundtrack. The Strongest Man undeniably marks the discovery of a fresh talent in possession of an impressive ability to surprise. —S.F.


EMAIL kennyriches@gmail.com

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Artist Bio

Kenny Riches was born in Toyota City, Japan, raised in Utah, and currently resides in Miami, Florida. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing. Must Come Down, Riches' first feature film, premiered at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California, and went on to screen at festivals nationwide. Riches serves as vice president of the board of the The Davey Foundation, which was established in honor of the late actor and writer David Fetzer and supports emerging filmmakers with grants and resources.