Films

Wonderful Losers: A Different World

Wonderful Losers: A Different World, "Nuostabieji lūzeriai"

Synopsis

Director

For most of us, cyclists in the back of the race are simply the losers. They are called water carriers, domestics, followers and Sancho Panzas of professional cycling. They are always in the back of the group, having no right to personal victories and sacrificing their careers to help their teammates.

In this documentary we follow the magnificent world of the race from the point of view of the doctors’ team crammed into a claustrophobically small car, surrounded by injured cyclists. Their work during a race reminds one of war, they are in the line of fire, on the front line. If you crash, you rise and race again. And amidst this fight, many magnificent things happen. The untold world of the true warriors, knights and monks of professional cycling.

Arunas Matelis

(b. 1961) studied mathematics at Vilnius University and later graduated from the Lithuanian Music Academy. He is the founder of one of the first independent film production companies in Lithuania, Nominum. He debuted in 1989 with the short film „Giants of Pelesa“. His first feature-length documentary, „Before Flying Back to Earth“ (2005), received numerous awards at the festivals in Zagreb, Madrid, Leipzig and New York. In 2006 he became a member of the European Film Academy. „Wonderful Losers: A Different World“ (2017) is his latest feature-length documentary.

Filmography

  • Prieš parskrendant i žeme (Before Flying Back to Earth, 2005, doc)
  • Nuostabieji luzeriai (Wonderful Losers: A Different World, 2017, doc)  

Schedule

21.11.2017
19:00 - 20:11
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 050703
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22.11.2017
18:45 - 19:56
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 060201
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03.12.2017
15:30 - 16:41
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 171401
Guests (2)
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Movie guests:  Director Arunas Matelis, Producer Algimante Mateliene
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

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Film info

Countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain, United Kingdom
Year: 2017
Duration: 71 minutes
Languages: Italian, English, Dutch
Director: Arunas Matelis
Producers: Arūnas Matelis, Algimantė Matelienė
Writer: Arūnas Matelis
DOPs: Mark Olexa, Ivars Zviedris, Simone Rivoire, Giordano Bianchi, Valdis Celmins, Andrius Kemežys, Giacomo Becherini, Paolo Beniti, Vincent O’Callaghan, Arūnas Matelis
Montage: Mirjam Jegorov
Composer: Alberto R. Lucendo
Production: Studio Nominum
Festivals: Warsaw (Best Documentary), Minsk Listapad (Grand Prix, Audience Award)

Synopsis

Director

For most of us, cyclists in the back of the race are simply the losers. They are called water carriers, domestics, followers and Sancho Panzas of professional cycling. They are always in the back of the group, having no right to personal victories and sacrificing their careers to help their teammates.

In this documentary we follow the magnificent world of the race from the point of view of the doctors’ team crammed into a claustrophobically small car, surrounded by injured cyclists. Their work during a race reminds one of war, they are in the line of fire, on the front line. If you crash, you rise and race again. And amidst this fight, many magnificent things happen. The untold world of the true warriors, knights and monks of professional cycling.

Arunas Matelis

(b. 1961) studied mathematics at Vilnius University and later graduated from the Lithuanian Music Academy. He is the founder of one of the first independent film production companies in Lithuania, Nominum. He debuted in 1989 with the short film „Giants of Pelesa“. His first feature-length documentary, „Before Flying Back to Earth“ (2005), received numerous awards at the festivals in Zagreb, Madrid, Leipzig and New York. In 2006 he became a member of the European Film Academy. „Wonderful Losers: A Different World“ (2017) is his latest feature-length documentary.

Filmography

  • Prieš parskrendant i žeme (Before Flying Back to Earth, 2005, doc)
  • Nuostabieji luzeriai (Wonderful Losers: A Different World, 2017, doc)