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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

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Felix wants to become a cycling pro no matter what, overshadowing his father Mathieu, who seeks to redress his own failed dreams of glory.

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Directed by Kenneth Mercken

Narrative Feature / Belgium, Italy / 96 mins

Strand: Men In Crisis

UK Premiere

Screening: Thursday 19th September 17:45 | Friday 20th September 14:45

Review:

Young and ambitious cyclist Felix Vereecke wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and do whatever it takes to become a pro. When he becomes Belgium’s national junior champion, he leaves to Italy to join a semi-pro team where the competition is merciless. There he becomes immersed in the dangerous world of prohibited drugs often associated with the ruthless competitive sports industry. When Felix realises that his delayed puberty and lack of testosterone make him physically unfit for racing, he disappoints both his father and himself. Caught in a destructive cycle of drug consumption and extreme exercise, Felix steadily pushes his physical and psychological limits.

COUREUR is semi-autobiographical film based on director Kenneth Mercken’s own difficult past as an ambitious cyclist and his inability to fulfil his dreams. It particularly scrutinises the problems of EPO doping that surrounded the sports industry around the 2000s. Niels Willaerts, in fact a professional cyclist rather than a trained actor, gives a great debut performance as Felix, and has the authentic physique, mannerisms, and personality of a competitive cyclist. While sharp and gritty, COUREUR’s cinematography also cuts to intimate close ups of Felix’s vulnerable body to show his struggle to make it in such a difficult profession. / Review by Ellie Steiner

Credits:

Director: Kenneth Mercken

Writer: Kenneth Mercken, Monica Stan

Producers: Eurydice Gysel, Koen Mortier

Cast: Niels Willaerts, Fortunato Cerlino, Kown De Graeve, Nicola Rignanese, Karlijn Sileghem

Location

Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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