2018 - Kenneth Mercken


Title: Coureur
Year: 2018
Original language: Dutch, English, Italian
Supported by: Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (FWB), Screen Flanders, IDM Südtirol Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission, Canvas, RTBF


Felix grows up as an inside spectator at veterans’ bike races - a violent, drug-infused world where his father dominates with both pedals and fists. Felix follows in his father’s footsteps, making him proud but jealous at the same time. On his way to becoming a pro rider, he rebels and flees to Italy, the promised land of youth cycling. However, his body doesn’t respond to the widespread miracle drug EPO and he ends up drained by the brutal training. His father comes to the rescue with a blood transfusion. Now nothing can stop them, not even the threat of cancer. After all, what is cancer compared to winning the race of your dreams?


2014: Emerging Talent Award - When East Meets West / Trieste Film Festival (IT)


Director Kenneth Mercken
Producers Koen Mortier , Eurydice Gysel
Writers Kenneth Mercken , Monica Stan
Photography:Martijn van Broekhuizen
Music:Jan Swerts
Editing:Manu Van Hove, Senjan Jansen
Cast:Niels Willaerts, Koen De Graeve, Karlijn Sileghem, Fortunato Cerlino, Nicola Rignanese, Günther Lesage
Sound:Luc Cuveele, Senjan Jansen
Art director:Pepijn Van Looy
Costume:Florence Scholtes, Christophe Pidre
Make up:Sky van der Hoek

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