Lean on Pete

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.

Featuring an incredible breakout turn by Charlie Plummer and memorable supporting work by indie stalwarts Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny and Steve Zahn, Lean on Pete is a compassionate and heartrending look at the desire for love, family, and acceptance that drives all of us.

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Andrew Haigh


Director: Andrew Haigh
Executive Producer: Darren Demetre
Producer: Tristan Goligher
Screenwriter: Andrew Haigh
Cinematographer: Magnus Joenck
Editor: Jonathan Alberts
Production Designer: Ryan Warren Smith
Sound Designer: Christian Dolan
Principal Cast: Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Travis Fimmel, Justin Rain, Lewis Pullman, Steve Zahn, Alison Elliott


Publicity Contact
Charlie Olsky
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Genre: Drama
Screening Section: Festival Favorites
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 119:00 mins