Jan 08 - Jan 14, 2010
(Zachary Levy, USA, 2008, 35mm, 113 min)
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Winner of the Grand Jury Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, Strongman plays like a real-life version of La Strada. Both an Everyman and Superhuman, Stanley Pleskun, "The Strongest Man in the World at Bending Steel and Metal," bends horseshoes with his bare hands and leg presses dump trucks.
Zachary Levy's documentary chronicles the life of this South Brunswick, NJ idealist and philosopher as the demons of doubt and the pressures of daily life threaten to overwhelm his strengths. The film's subtle mix of fortitude, despair, hope and humor paint a uniquely compelling picture of one mighty man's struggle to bend his dream into reality.
"A strange and strangely beautiful film..." —Variety
"A phenomenal film...profoundly touching and honest...the debut of a new important American documentary filmmaker." —Ramin Bahrani, director (Goodbye Solo, Chop Shop)
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