Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Strongest Man

Year: 2015
Country: United States
Run Time: 98 minutes

The Strongest Man
The Strongest Man
The Strongest Man
The Strongest Man

Beef may look like an ordinary construction worker in his early 30s. But Beef can effortlessly run through cinderblock walls. Because Beef is THE STRONGEST MAN. Well, that’s the story he intends to tell his grandchildren someday. In the meantime, he’ll settle for aimlessly riding around Miami on his gold BMX bike with Conan, Beef’s Korean American best friend since the third grade. And to make some extra cash, Beef helps his neighbor Mrs. Rosen move bizarre modern artwork around her apartment. When Mrs. Rosen’s cute niece Illi takes Beef to a New Age meditation class, he discovers his spirit animal is a chicken – an all-too-appropriate symbol for this anxiety-ridden germaphobe. Then, in an effort to capture his inner chicken, Beef ends up killing one in the process. Is the subsequent theft of Beef’s prized bike some form of karmic retribution? In this quirky comedy, writer-director Kenny Riches takes us on one man’s peculiar journey to find his bike and himself. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:25 PM -
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11:00 PM

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 5:10 PM -
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 6:50 PM

Cinema en EspaƱol

American Independents Competition

Kenny Riches

Thirty-three-year-old artist Kenny Riches was born in Japan, raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and currently resides in Miami, Florida. His artwork has been celebrated in exhibits throughout the United States.

"Must Come Down" (2012), THE STRONGEST MAN (2015)

Anthony Pedone, Jesse Brown

Kenny Riches

Tom Garner

T.J. Nelson

Principal Cast
Robert Lorie, Paul Chamberlain, Ashly Burch, Patrick Fugit, Lisa Banes, Davy Rothbart, Freddie Wong

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