The feature Wind River, which was featured at Cannes and has an American release date of August 4, 2017, is set on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Starring Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye in the Avengers Franchise, Bourne Legacy) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch in Avengers and Captain America: Civil War), the film features a list of supporting all-star Native actors, including Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene and Martin Sensmeier.
The film has received considerable praise from critics and an 86% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes, yet it also has a small share of critics in Indian country due to what some are calling ‘White Saviorism.”
Though the tale is about a murder on a Native reservation, many critics still lump the genre into the western category. Time magazine’’s Stephanie Zacherak titles her article, “Wind River Is a Beautiful Modern Western About Another America.” and continues “Wind River is a modern western, and one of very few forays into the genre that's set in snow country.”
In the film, Renner and Olsen’s characters investigate the murder of a Native woman and interact with Native characters portrayed by Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene and Martin Sensmeier.
Wind River was written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, known for Hell or High Water (2016), Sicario (2015) and Sons of Anarchy (2008-2010).
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