Archive for November, 2012

The Last Kilometer follows three riders in the race and also El Diablo, the colourful spectator who plays as much a part as the competitors themselves. We’ve been following the guy who made it Paolo Casalis since we first heard about the film and now it’s finally finished the man himself has given us first access to the trailer.
We spoke to Paolo about the film, the race and the Devil.

What’s your background to film making?
I didn’t study film making, and in fact  on my identity card there’s written “Architect”
In 2008 I made my 1st documentary movie, called “THE RUNNER” (www.unpassodopolaltro.it) with a friend, and it was a little success, so this led me into the world of cinema and documentary movies. I’ve done a 2nd feature length, called “Langhe Doc”. While the 1st was a sport movie, this 2nd dealt with environmental and social issues, but after a year I can say it has been successful too. I’m both director and producer, in the sense that we’ve established our little movie production house (www.stuffilm.com) in order to distribute my movies in the best way, in this difficult era for film  making

When did you come up with the idea for this film?

I have a great passion for cycling! When I was younger (now I’m 36, still younger than Davide Rebellin!) I did cycling until the elite category.
After, I’ve continued to watch cycling on tv.
So, when I finished my previous documentary, I told to myself “What could be the theme for my next movie?”. And the answer was “Cycling, of course!”
About the movie, I had no thesis to express, I just wanted to give up a portrait of cycling. So I chose the characters with this idea, and so we have
– “the young” Ignazio Moser, son of cycling legend Francesco
– “the old” Davide Rebellin, expert rider with many victories and scandals in his palmares,
– “the suiveur”, Journalist Gianni Mura, correspondent from Tour de France since Simpson’s death on Mont Ventoux in 1967
– “the mad” EL Diablo, a German fan who represents all cycling fans and enthusiasts

How long did it take from idea to reality?
I started to film in January 2011, with BMC’s presentation event in Dania, Spain
I finished  just last month, with the end of race season for Ignazio Moser and Davide Rebellin
I wanted to film one entire race season.

What was the most difficult part of filming it?
Filming a cycling event is not easy at all!!
You should have 2 helicopters and 3 motorbikes to do the best!
This is why I really thank all the cycling fans (and they’re many) and the TV Channels (i.e. RAI, Bike Show TV) who gave me a lot of material.
By myself, the most difficult part was staying on a motorbike to film the legendary Paris-Roubaix!
Even on a “soft” motorbike, you can’t imagine how hard and difficult the cobbles are!! That evening all by bones were broken, I can’t even imagine doing it on bicycle!

What was it like being exposed to the gruelling world of competitive cycling?
It’s not an easy world. Riders have to win, to win, to win
I’ve understood this since the beginning, filming Cadel Evans talking about the upcoming 2012 season (which, unfortunately for him, has been a little disaster). All the staff, the journalists, the team want the riders to win, and it’s not o easy, really.
Moreover, my characters have “additional pressure”: Ignazio Moser is the young son on a champion, and people always expect the maximum from him; Daivde Rebellin still have to pay for his doping problems, he wants to demonstrate his value and  so he continues fighting at the age of 41, but he has many difficulties even only to find a team or to participate to important races.

Just how mad is El Diablo?
Didi is a great person, a great character for a movie! I’m proud of this choice, he really represents the symbol of all cycling fans
I mean, he’s mad, but not in the sense we give to this word.
He’s just…mad for cycling! In his life, he’s a common person, with  a lovely wife, a personal museum… but when the Giro or Tour arrive, he just can’t resist! Staying one entire day and night with him (without speaking, because he incredibly doesn’t speak a word of english) waiting for the Giro’s arrival, has been an explosion of joy and passion for this sport!

What makes the Paris Roubaix so special?
It is so unique, so “ancient”. Doing it, even only by motorbike, I’ve personally understood this myth.
it’s something really difficult to try and finish, it’s not a common race. It’s not for everyone, ’cause staying on the cobbles at 45 km can be very, very dangerous. Cobbles sections are like mountains: the peloton came out from each of them and it was exploded in dozens of parts. It’s hard, it’s really hard, and surely only great riders can win this race.

What makes these riders go through all the pain of competitive cycling?
I’ve tried to face this question in the 1st movie’s chapter: TO WIN. I think this chapter title is the main answer to your question.
Winning (or even only dreaming of victory) gives to Ignazio Moser, to Davide Rebellin, to every pro- cyclist, a unique sensation, It fills them with strength and passion for this sport.

What’s you lasting impression of the cycling world?
I agree with journalist Gianni Mura, who says that “epic and legend will never abandon cycling”.
We’re in a difficult moment for this sport (see Armstrong and all the stuff about doping) but I think cycling is something greater then these chronicles: cycling is a passion.
Cycling is (ad El Diablo says) “the most useless and at the same time the most important thing in the world”
Great definition, Didi

REBELLIN, PUNTO E A CAPO

Posted: November 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

di EROS MACCIONI

by on nov.15, 2012, under NEWS DAL CICLISMO

dal sito di UCR ROMANO

A 41 anni Davide Rebellin indossa la sua nuova divisa arancione con l’orgoglio di un ragazzino reclutato dalla squadra del paese. E’ l’entusiasmo di chi ha voltato pagina, e ora riparte con il contachilometri azzerato verso un nuovo team e una nuova vita. La formazione polacca CCC gli ha offerto la possibilità di disputare la sua ventunesima stagione da professionista. E’ una squadra semisconosciuta, ma lo ha cercato prima che il ciclomercato chiudesse le porte,  non a stagione avviata come gli era successo negli ultimi due anni. Ha creduto in lui.

Rebellin guarda avanti e solo avanti. Al suo fianco non c’è più la moglie-manager degli anni più luminosi e più bui della sua carriera, i suoi sorrisi sono per Francoise, il suo nuovo focolare è a Montecarlo, e da lì manda segnali di serenità. Lui che ha sempre fatto della riservatezza una bandiera, fa punto e a capo col passato anche grazie a un nuovo sito internet. Rebellin, nell’ambiente “il chierichetto”, si è costruito il suo confessionale, dal quale parla a cuore aperto: “Grazie alle esperienze maturate in questo tormentato periodo, ho aperto gli occhi su cose che prima non vedevo –  scrive ai suoi tifosi, che continuano ad incoraggiarlo da ogni parte del mondo -. Ho pedalato come non mai, ma ho anche intrapreso una strada del tutto nuova, scorgendo la vita da una prospettiva inedita. Ciò mi ha consentito di scoprire l’uomo che sono e che non conoscevo, a cui non volevo dare spazio né importanza, permettendo solo al ciclista di vivere. Oggi riesco invece a liberare le mie emozioni e i miei sentimenti, rimasti rinchiusi dentro di me. Ora permetto loro di esprimersi e liberarsi, di vivere! Negli ultimi anni, grazie anche alle persone care, mi sono finalmente riconciliato con me stesso.  Ho scoperto l’importanza di ascoltarmi e di ascoltare le persone giuste – scrive Rebellin nel suo sito -, ho guardato avanti e ricomposto il puzzle, seguendo il mio istinto senza più celare un mio lato.  Questa riconciliazione mi ha dato, e mi da tuttora, una consapevolezza nuova: mi sento più forte, non più uomo a metà  (solo  ciclista), ma ciclista in primis uomo. Ho scoperto l’importanza di volermi bene”.

La sua lettera aperta è sovrastata da una scritta: “Qualunque cosa accada, qualunque cosa succede intorno a te, non darti mai per vinto”.

Il manifesto della rinascita atletica e spirituale di Rebellin è musica per i suoi fans. La benedizione arriva via facebook firmata da Ilario: “Bentornato orgoglio leoniceno!”.

e.m.

from Bibibiclismo.com

Después de un año de intenso trabajo, después de cientos de kilómetros en coche (incluso algunos en bicicleta) siguiendo el Tour de Francia, el Giro de Italia, la París-Roubaix y otras carreras internacionales “El último kilómetro” está finalmente acabado.

Puedes ver el el trailer oficial  de la película en el vídeo adjunto

El Último Kilómetro es un film totalmente dedicado al deporte que es pasión, emoción: Ciclismo.

La película sigue la historia y toda una temporada ciclista de “el viejo” Davide Rebellin, 41 años y todavía luchando en el pelotón después de muchas victorias y “el joven” Ignazio Moser, promesa de 20 años e hijo del campeón Francesco Moser.

El famoso periodista italiano Gianni Mura, corresponsal del Tour de Francia desde 1967, nos ayuda a descubrir qué era el ciclismo y en qué se ha convertido hoy, después de los escándalos de dopaje, pasión, épica, riqueza y decadencia.

Finalmente, un poco de locura y una alegría loca la aporta Didi Senft, más conocido como “El Diablo”, un símbolo vivo y metafórico de los aficionados del ciclismo, con su pasión y su entusiamos.

El Último Kilómetro es un retrato del ciclismo.

Ignazio Moser, Davide Rebellin, Gianni Mura y El Diabloson los protagonitas, pero también: Francesco Moser, Cadel Evans, Françoise, Gedeone Rebellin, Marco Milesi…

Más información en www.thelastkilometer.com 

DVD IS READY!

Posted: November 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

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DVD OUT NOW! / DVD DISPONIBILE A PARTIRE DA OGGI!
Order your copy on / Ordina la tua copia su: thelastkilometer.com
(52′, ENG, PAL/NTSC)
(nella versione italiana con libretto omaggio)

The Last Kilometer is a film about a passion, an emotion, a sport: cycling.
The movie follows the story and an entire season of races of “the old” Davide Rebellin, 41 years old and still fighting in the peloton after many victories and scandals, and “the young” Ignazio Moser, promising 20 years old son of Francesco Moser.
Famous italian journalist Gianni Mura, Tour de France Correspondent since 1967, helps us to discover what cycling was and what it has become, between doping scandals, passion, epic, richness and decadence.
Finally, a bit of madness and insane passion is brought into the movie by Ditier “Didi” Senft, better known as El Diablo, a living symbol and metaphor of all cycling fans, their passion, their enthusiasm.
The Last Kilometer is a portrait of cycling.

L’Ultimo Chilometro è un film su una passione, un’emozione, uno sport: il ciclismo.
Il documentario racconta la storia e la stagione agonistica di Davide Rebellin “il vecchio”,
41 anni e ancora in gruppo con la sua voglia di vincere, le tante vittorie e gli scandali alle
spalle, e di Ignazio Moser “il giovane”, figlio ventenne di Francesco, di cui porta il nome, la
passione ma anche la pesante eredità.
Il giornalista Gianni Mura, dal 1967 corrispondente
e suiveur al Tour de France, ci aiuta a scoprire che cos’è il ciclismo, cos’era e cosa è
diventato, tra epica e passione, tra pathos e doping.
Infine, “El Diablo” Didi Senft, con il suo costume da Diavolo, il forcone e le folli corse dietro
ai corridori, che porta nel film la passione e l’entusiasmo del pubblico, di cui è simbolo e
metafora vivente. L’Ultimo Chilometro è un ritratto del ciclismo.

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