On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men from very different worlds forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever. This is the premise behind Ramin Bahrani’s Goodbye Solo, starring newcomer Souleymane Sy Savane and Red West, who you may recognize from dozens of films including 2006’s Glory Road.

Premiering last year at the Venice, Toronto and London Film Festivals, Goodbye Solo has been met with tons of critical praise, including Cinematical’s Kim Voynar, who said the film showed “a level of filmmaking that inspires without overwhelming, impresses without overreaching.” From the trailer below, we can easily detect quality in Bahrani’s film, putting it toward that top of our watch list for the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival (Mar. 13-21), where is will be shown next. So stay tuned to our SXSW 09 page, as we will have our own review soon enough.

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