• War Pony
  • War Pony

War Pony Programme 2022

by Gina Gammell, Riley Keough Feature Film Competition

23-year-old Bill and 12-year-old Matho are at home on the Pine Ridge Reservation of the Lakota in the US state of South Dakota. The charismatic Bill pursues the "American Dream" with determination – no matter whether he has to steal gasoline or breed poodles to do it. Meanwhile, the shrewd Matho can hardly wait to become a man. He desperately courts his father's approval, but a series of impulsive decisions turns his life upside down. The hotly anticipated social drama WAR PONY takes a look at the precarious situation of the indigenous population in the USA, and tells with great humour of the difficult coexistence of rich and poor in the land of unlimited opportunities. Winner of the Caméra d'Or for Best Debut in Cannes.

About the director(s)

Gina Gammell began her career as the producer and director of music videos and ad spots before producing her first feature film in 2017. Actress and director Riley Keough is famous for her roles in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015), AMERICAN HONEY (2016) and THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (2018). Gammell and Keough joined forces in 2017 to found the production company Felix Culpa. Their first joint film project WAR PONY had its world premiere at Cannes in its "Un Certain Regard" section, where it won the Caméra d’Or.

Filmography Gina Gammell (selection): War Pony (2022
Filmography Riley Keough (selection): War Pony (2022)


About the director(s)


Time Venue

18:00 Arena 3

15:30 Le Paris

21:00 Arena 3

13:30 Kosmos 6

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  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: USA, 2022
  • Runtime: 116 Min
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: German
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  • Directors: Gina Gammell, Riley Keough
  • Cast: Jojo Bapteise Whiting, Ladainian Crazy Thunder, Jesse Schmockel, Wilma Colhoff, Iona Red Bear
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  • Screenplay: Franklin Sioux Bob, Bill Reddy, Riley Keough, Gina Gammell
  • Cinematography: David Gallego
  • Editors: Affonso Gonçalves, Eduardo Serrano, Ernie Gilbert
  • Music: Christopher Stracey, Mato Wayuhi
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  • Producers: Willi White, Bert Hamelinck, Ryan Zacarias, Sacha Ben Harroche, Riley Keough, Gina Gammell, Pte San Win Poor Bear
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  • Production Companies: Felix Culpa, Caviar
  • World Sales: Protagonist Pictures
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