As the brace-equipped son of a professional cyclist, Felix Vereecke is immersed in the Flemish cycling scene. It’s a contagious environment characterised by violence, alcohol and competition. Naturally as a fully grown teen, Felix wants to beat his father. He joins a semi-pro team in cycling mecca Italy so he can cycle for glory there, even if it destroys his body.

In this semi-autobiographical feature film debut, Flemish scriptwriter and director Kenneth Mercken mines his own cycling past. This creates a critical look at the world of professional cycling around 2000 when the sport was obsessed with doping like EPO. Felix is injected with performance-enhancing substances like some guinea pig. The focus on the former seems to infect the film’s DNA, with Mercken’s intrusive camerawork settling on Felix’s vulnerable body, making the destructive lives of professional cyclists almost physically tangible.

Also see Big Talk Coureur.

Filmmaker
Kenneth Mercken
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Belgium
Year
2018
Medium
-
Length
90’
Language
Dutch, Italian
Producer
Eurydice Gysel, Koen Mortier
Production Company
CZAR FILM
Sales
Intramovies Srl
Writer
Kenneth Mercken, Monica Stan
Cinematography
Martijn van Broekhuizen
Editor
Manu Van Hove
Sound Design
Senjan Jansen
Music
Jan Swerts
Cast
Niels Willaerts, Koen De Graeve, Fortunato Cerlino, Nicola Rignanese, Karlijn Sileghem, Günther Lesage, Patrick Tuerlinckx