By Andrew HAIGH

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Drama - Completed 2017

When tragic events leave 15 year old Charley homeless, he heads east, across America in search of his aunt. From the run down race-track of Portland Meadows, via the sagebrush of the Oregon desert, to the bright lights of Denver’s Colefax Avenue, his only companion the stolen racehorse, Lean on Pete

& Awards

La Biennale di Venezia - Venice FF 2017
Competition MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD - Best Young Actor
Toronto - TIFF 2017
Special Presentations
Rotterdam IFF 2018
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 119 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Andrew HAIGH
    • Writer(s)
    • Andrew HAIGH
    • Producer(s)
    • Tristan GOLIGHER (The Bureau)
    • Synopsis
    • Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of a year. But as the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, finding some stability is hard for Charley. Hoping for a new start they move to Portland where Charley takes a summer job working for a surly, washed up horse trainer at the local race track.
      When tragic events leave Charley homeless, his only comforts become his friendship with a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete and a photograph of his only known relative. In increasingly desperate circumstances, Charley will head east, hoping to find his aunt who had once lived a thousand miles away in Wyoming - but the journey will be a perilous one.