Here’s a rundown (with trailers) of the Top Films we’re looking forward to screening at this year’s Bicycle Film Festival.
Also, if you haven’t yet, Festival Passes are available online – $10 for 4 days and 40+ films.
‘MIRACLE MEETS MONEYBALL’
PERSONAL GOLD premieres WEDNESDAY at 7p
PERSONAL GOLD, described by Reed Albergotti of the Wall Street Journal as ‘Miracle meets Moneyball,’ gives a behind-the-scenes experience of four underdog women cyclists who become America’s hope for a medal at the London Olympics after the men’s team is banned during the Lance Armstrong drug scandal.
The underfunded women turn to volunteers, including their husbands and an innovative approach using ‘Data not Doping’ in an attempt to do the impossible; win the first U.S. Women’s Track Cycling medal in over 20 years.
BICYCLE MESSENGERS OF LAUSANNE
French w/ English Subtitles
CYCLIQUE premieres WEDNESDAY at 9p
Caroline has finished her education as a journalist but is struggling with the idea of working in an office from now on. Raph is not intending to quit his passion at all but feels that this self-exploitation has to come to an end. Matila is just about to begin his new job and to discover this unique world.
Immersed in the world of the bicycle messengers of Lausanne, Cyclique lets us participate in the lives of these three messengers who all find themselves at a turning point at this very moment.
Is it possible to grow old in this strength-sapping job? Is it feasible “to be free and happy for a lifetime” as Raph is planning to be? Or is the process of growing older automatically leading to compromises and betrayal of the ideals set when young?
Cyclique takes us on a rollercoaster of decisions and lets us participate in some of the most intimate moments in the lives of Caroline, Raph and Matila. It addresses the difficulties of finding your place in this world.
A HISTORY OF BICYCLE TRAVEL FROM BONESHAKERS TO BIKEPACKING
COMES WITH BAGGAGE premieres FRIDAY at 7p
‘Comes With Baggage’ is a lighthearted history of bicycle travel in the Americas, that makes you want to sell your possessions, quit your job and escape on a bike. Past and current footage, along with interviews of bike pioneers, makers and historians are combined to give a unique perspective on where bicycles can take you, both physically and spiritually.