CODA might have stolen the spotlight with its record breaking acquisition deal at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but there’s still plenty more titles waiting to be scooped up. One that doesn’t have to wait any longer is Clint Bentley’s Jockey, which has now been acquired for all worldwide distribution rights by Sony Pictures Classics.
In a statement by SPC, they described the film as a “formidable directing debut” by Bentley, with “engaging, satisfying, visual, and precise cinematic storytelling.”
Jockey stars Clifton Collins, Jr. as an aging jockey hoping to have one last great success. He faces obstacles not only from a young upstart competitor (Moises Aries), but also from his aging body that has taken a toll from his many years of riding. The film co-stars Molly Parker, Logan Cormier, and Colleen Hartnett, and was written by Bentley and Greg Kwedar.
The movie premiered yesterday in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at Sundance. It’s earned positive reviews, with many positive comparisons being made to award winners like The Wrestler and The Rider.
SPC will surely be positioning this one for an awards run, with a particular eye on Collins. The veteran actor has never been nominated for an Oscar, despite earning acclaim for his roles in films like Traffic and Capote, where he played death row inmate Perry Smith. He has one Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his work on Thief.