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Synopsis

What almost all sports documentaries have in common is the fact that they address the bright side of sports – the victories, the stars, the exceptional talents. Arūnas Matelis chose another point of view: for several years, the Lithuanian director, who himself was a devoted cyclist in his youth, dreaming of a big career, until an injury forced him to quit, has watched the Giro d’Italia, one of the biggest and most renowned bicycle races in the world. However, as the title suggests, he focused on the cyclists who never make it to the television screens, those who are never named in the result lists, those who never get any attention unless they are involved in a spectacular crash. Svein, Daniele and Paolo pull through the race every year, without any hope of ever hitting the headlines. At best, they are the water carriers, the domestiques – those who sacrifice their own careers to support the stars of their teams, but still end up at the bottom of the rankings almost all the time. With unconditional sympathy, Matelis watches as his three invisible heroes and the similarly unappreciated team of doctors take part in the Giro and help fallen cyclists covered in scratches back up on their feet again.

Guests

Arunas Matelis

Arunas Matelis

Director and Writer Wonderful Losers: A Different World
In Vienna: April 18-21

Moderator

Ivanka Brekalo

Ivanka Brekalo

Moderator film program
Narrator Mistery of Green Hill

Anja Melchert

Anja Melchert

Moderator film program

Wonderful Losers: A Different World

Original Title

Nuostabieji lūzeriai: Kita planeta

Director

Arūnas Matelis

Script

Arūnas Matelis

Genre

Documentary

Category

Documentary Competition

Country

Belgium, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Spain

Year

2017

Language

Italian, English, Dutch with Engl. sub.

Running time

71 min.

Distribution/Contact

Deckert Distribution

Dates

Wednesday 18.04.

18:30 Actors Studio 1

Thursday 19.04.

18:30 Breitenseer Lichtspiele

Thursday 19.04.

17:00 Actors Studio 1