ON THE ROAD
- Film Description
- Director Bio
Walter Salles gives Jack Kerouac's coming of age classic new life with a screen adaptation that burns bright and boldly captures the spirit of the novel. The ensemble cast brings Kerouac's characters to life with an intensity that overflows from the start. Garrett Hedlund gives a standout performance as a kinetic Dean Moriarity, the beautiful star who draws everyone in his vicinity into the vortex of his boundary-pushing paths to self-discovery. Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) narrates as he builds up an archive of boozing, sexing and drugging to reference in his future life as a writer and everyone falls for Marylou (Kristen Stewart), who challenges the societal constraints placed on her sexuality because of her gender whenever the opportunity arises. Fueled by post-war Beat Generation disillusionment, Dean, Sal and Marylou hit the road against a backdrop of jazzy '50s cool, to discover, find and challenge the definition of freedom.
Walter Salles' first feature film FOREIGN LAND was acclaimed in Brazil and screened at numerous film festivals around the world. CENTRAL STATION earned Oscar® nominations for Best Actress and Best Foreign Language Film. In 2004, Salles directed the Oscar® nominated THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES about a young Che Guevara.
IFC Films & Sundance Selects