An unsentimental elegy to the American West, “Sweetgrass” follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. This astonishingly beautiful yet unsparing film reveals a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed.
Recorded by Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Sound Editing and Mix / Ernst Karel
Colorist / Patrick Lindenmaier
101 min, 35mm, 2009
New Yorker, Movies' Pick 2010
New York Times, Critics' Pick 2010
Village Voice, Film Pick 2010
Washington Post, Critics' Pick 2010
Best Feature, 2010 Play-Doc Festival, Spain
Der Tagesspiegel 2009 'Top' Film of Berlinale
Audience Award, 2010 Environmental Film Fest, FL
Audience Award, 2010 Punto de Vista, Pamplona, Spain
Artistic Excellence Award, 2010 Big Sky Film Festival, MT
Best International Doc, 2009 Astra Film Festival, Romania
Magnificent... Wonderful... Astonishingly beautiful..."
Nature overwhelms the screen and even minds."
—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"A one-of-a-kind experience.
At once epic-scale and earthbound"
—Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Monumental… An anthropological work of art."
— Robert Koehler, Cinema Scope
"Awe-inspiring... Hilariously weird."
— Jim Hoberman, Village Voice