Bicycle Film Festival: Our review of the Quebec city event.
For the second time around, Quebec City hosted the Bicycle Film Festival. It is actually the only Canadian city to do so! The BFF‘s other stops for 2014 are New York, Moscow, Helsinki, Bogota, Warsaw, Istanbul, and Stockholm.
Eric won passes for the BFF in Quebec City so we took a short road-trip and spent a part of our weekend over there. We got to the city right in time to catch the first screenings. However, the rainy weather kinda’ put a damper on all the activities taking place outside. Still we had time to chat a bit with the guys behind La Machine, an Montreal-based small cycling company.
The Quebec instalment of the festival was a one day event, divided in four screenings: Sport, travel, short-film, and urban cycling. Each screening was about two hours long with short breaks in between. Sidenote, longer breaks between screenings would be awesome, because after 6 hours of films with almost no interruptions your brain kind of shuts down. Also, you get pretty hungry.
All that asides, we got to see some truly great films and against all expectations, Eric and I’s favourite was part of the sports screening.
Clean Spirit, a film by Jan Roeleven, shows the struggle of the Argos-Shimano team during the 2013 tour de France as they were working on getting a great name for themselves, while maintaining their reputation of a clean and drug free team. A lot of the movie focuses on Marcel Kittel, their top sprinter. The film is beautifully made and instructive.
From the travel films screening, I really enjoyed Melons, Trucks and Angry Dogs and The Coldest March. The first film is a documentary following Recep Yeşil and Erik Nohlin, team AWOL from Specialized, during the Transcontinental Race in 2013. Leaving from London and arriving in Istanbul, these men’s journey is far from easy (and covers 3100 km!).
The Coldest March tells the story of two friends who decided they can cross the UK, North to South, in three days by relaying each other in what happened to be the coldest spring weather registered!
One last film I particularly enjoyed was Comfortable, by Cigdem Slankgard. This short film documents the lifestyle of a family from Buffalo who chose to completely give up on using cars. That film might not be the best form-wise, but the content is excellent. Seeing a family with that many kids getting around on bikes, all year round, in a city that is not that bicycle friendly just gave me hope.
And good for y’all ’cause the whole movie is right below!