Gladiators, a different world

A feaure length documentary by Arunas Matelis
a co-production with Nominum (LT), Ste Film (IT), DOKMobile (CH), VFS Films (LV), Dearcan Media (N-EIR/UK), Planet Korda Pictures (EIR), SUICA Films (ES), Kino Kontora (LV)
supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund

Synopsis

For spectators, cyclists in the back of the race are simply the losers. They are called water carriers, domestics, gregarios, and Sancho Panzas of professional cycling. Moreover, they have no right to personal victories – these sportsmen sacrifice their careers to help their teammates.
We follow the magnificent world of the race from the point of view of the doctors’ team situated in a claustrophobically small medical car surrounded with wounded cyclists. The life of the medical team in race reminds one on the frontline of war. Cyclists crash, rise and race again. And amongst this fight, many magnificent things happen.
This film-odyssey reveals the untold world of the wonderful losers, true warriors, knights and monks of professional cycling.