Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Accidental Death of a Cyclist - Trailer

The Accidental Death of a Cyclist is a new documentary produced by a friend of mine Paola Desiderio. As she told me 'I gave my blood sweat and tears for it' which is a good enough reason to help her film become a success.
In 1998 Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has repeated since. He was a hero to millions, the saviour of cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. However, less than six years later, aged just 34, he died alone, in a cheap hotel room, from acute cocaine poisoning. He had been an addict for five years. This is the story of the tragic battles fought by the most important Italian cyclist of his generation; man verses mountain, athlete verses addiction, Marco Pantani verses himself.  
The Film will use race archive and contemporary news footage, stylised dramatic reconstructions and interviews with Pantani’s friends, family, colleagues, and rivals.
It will be in UK cinemas in April and the feature-length documentary is  telling the story of Pantani's dramatic rise and fall.  

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