A documentary about pro-cycling and Giro d'Italia by award-winning film director Arūnas Matelis

For spectators, cyclists in the back of the race are simply the losers. They are called water carriers, domestics, gregarios, and Sancho Panzas of professional cycling. Moreover, they have no right to personal victories – these sportsmen sacrifice their careers to help their teammates.

We follow the magnificent world of the race from the point of view of the doctors’ team situated in a claustrophobically small medical car surrounded with wounded cyclists. The life of the medical team in race reminds one on the frontline of war. Cyclists crash, rise and race again. And amongst this fight, many magnificent things happen.

This film-odyssey reveals the untold world of the wonderful losers, true warriors, knights and monks of professional cycling.

More than a documentary about cyclists, it is an aesthetic pearl, the queen of gems, that elevates bicycle racing to the heights of martyrdom. - Olivier Haralambon, L'EQUIPE Magazine

About the director

Arūnas Matelis is a Lithuanian documentary director. He studied Mathematics at Vilnius University and in 1989 graduated from the Lithuanian Music Academy. He founded Nominum in 1992, one of the first independent film production companies in Lithuania.


Directed by Arūnas Matelis

Writer - Arūnas Matelis

Editor - Mirjam Jegorov

Dop - Mark Olexa, Vincent O'Callaghan, Valdis Celmins, Simone Rivoire, Paolo Beniti, Ivars Zviedris, Giordano Bianchi, Giacomo Becherini, Audrius Kemeys, Arūnas Matelis

Sound Design - Raf Enckels

Music - Alberto R Lucendo

Awards & festivals

Warsaw Film Festival (PL) - Best Documentary Feature

Minsk International Film Festival Listapad (BY) - Grand Prix for Best Documentary Film, Audience Award for the Best Documentary Film

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (EE)

Trieste Film Festival (IT) – Best Documentary 2018Lithuanian Filmmakers Union Award – Best Lithuanian Film 2017

National Lithuanian Film Awards – Best Documentary, Best Composer, People’s Choice 2018

Baltijos Banga International Film Festival – Audience Award 2018

Ulju Mountain Film Festival – Best “Exploration & Adventure” Film 2018

Kendal Mountain Film Festival – Special Jury Prize 2018Bilbao Mendi Film Festival – Best Director 2018

Chicago Eu Film Festival – Special Mention 2019

Vilnius St. Christopher Award 2019

Sport Movies & Tv Milano International Ficts Fest – Honourable Mention 2019

International Sports Film Festival Krasnogorski – Best Director 2019

Nordic Adventure Film Festival – Grand Fondo Film Of The Year 2019

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival – Gold Award Best Bike Film 2020

Production details

Duration: 71'

Co-produced with Nominum (LT), Ste Film (IT), DOKMobile (CH), VFS Films (LV), Dearcan Media (N-EIR/UK), Planet Korda Pictures (EIR), SUICA Films (ES), Kino Kontora (LV)

Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

With the support of the Tax Shelter System of the Belgian Federal Government

Language: Italian

Subtitles: English, Dutch, French