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Clifton Collins Jr. appears in Jockey by Clint Bently
Clifton Collins Jr. appears in Jockey by Clint Bently, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Adolpho Veloso.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired Clint Bentley’s Jockey premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section. Jockey stars Clifton Collins Jr., Molly Parker, and Moises Arias.

In the film, an aging jockey (Clifton Collins, Jr.) hopes to win one last title for his longtime trainer (Molly Parker), who has come to possess what seems to be a championship horse. However, the years and injuries have taken a toll on his body, throwing into question the jockey’s ability to continue his lifelong passion. The arrival of a rookie rider (Moises Arias), who claims to be his son further complicates the jockey’s plans to fulfilling his dream.

“Filmmakers Clint Bentley (a formidable directing debut), co-writer Greg Kwedar and producer Nancy Schafer have made such a good movie, that is engaging, satisfying, visual, and precise cinematic storytelling,” Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement. “Anchored by a truly amazing performance by Clifton Collins Jr., an actor we have admired in so many roles for over 2 decades (from Capote to Westworld), ably supported by Molly Parker and Moses Arias, Jockey is about what happens to a professional at the end of a career with the background of horse racing, a subject of interest to audiences worldwide. We are excited to bring the movie to a wide audience this year.”

“We’re overjoyed Sony Pictures Classics will be releasing Jockey. Growing up, watching movies with their logo made us the filmmakers we are today,” said director Bentley and co-writer Greg Kwedar. “We were so taken by Sony Pictures Classics’s passion and vision and our shared love for Clifton Collins Jr. It’s surreal for our movie to be in the family of so many incredible films and filmmakers. This movie was made with so much love, in the vibrant, itinerant world behind the racetrack. It’s an honor to partner with Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and their team who take such care in how they release films.”

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