Film screening Wonderfull Losers: A Different World

Film screening Wonderfull Losers: A Different World


Locatie/Location:  Conferentie Center High Tech Campus op de Strip
Datum/Date: Thursday 13th June 2019
Aanvang/Start: 19.00 hour
Prijs/Price: € 10 (incl. 1 consumption)

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For most of us, the cyclists riding at the back of a race are simply losers. They are called water carriers, domestiques, gregarios, who sacrifice their careers and forego personal victories so their team leaders can win. What drives them to keep putting their bodies on the line through excruciating pain and demoralising anonymity? Arūnas Matelis has followed these Sancho Panza’s of professional cycling during the prestigious Giro d’Italia and reveals the unseen world from the point of view of the doctors’ team. Our bike heroes crash, rise – and race again.

This film is the biggest European co-production. For indie filmmakers, the permission to shoot in the inside of the legendary Giro d’Italia was granted after 43 years break.

ARŪNAS MATELIS has directed 10 creative documentary shorts which have been awarded and selected for many well know festivals including Cannes (“La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs”, “Semaine de la Critique”), Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Torino, screened in MoMA, French Cinematheque. His previous (and first medium-length) documentary “Before Flying Back to the Earth” received more than 10 awards, including Directors’ Guild of America (DGA) Award, IDFA, DOK Leipzig, Zagreb DOX, Documenta Madrid and a European Film Academy nomination. After his last film, Arunas has been in creative silence for 12 years. Now he comes back with his first feature film – “Wonderful Losers. A Different World”.


  • Warsaw Film Festival – The Best Documentary,
  • Minsk Listapad Film Festival Grand-Prix for the Best Documentary,
  • Minsk Listapad Film Festival Audience Award,
  • The Best Lithuanian Film 2017 – Lithuanian Filmmakers Union Award The Best Film of Year,
  • Trieste Film Festival – the Best Documentary (Audience Choice),
  • Silver Crane for the Best Documentary National Film Awards 2018,
  • Silver Crane for the Best Music National Film Awards 2018,
  • People’s Choice Award National Film Awards 2018.

FESTIVALS: Warsaw Fim Festival, MIsk LISTAPD Film Festival, Trieste Film Festival, Dublin Film Festival , Zagreb-Dox, Sofia Film Festival, Docs Barcelona, Vienna LETSCEE, Film Festival Łagów, Tallinn Black Nights – Doc@POFF, Moscow film festivals “Free thought”, Belgrade IDFF, Dok. fest – Munich, DocuDays UA, Pärnu International Documentary Film Festival, Euroasia International Film Festival and more.

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