Documentary feature: Wonderful Losers – A different world

Award-winning director Arunas Matelis returns after 12 years to feature the less public side to understand the harsh sacrifices and the selflessness of the domestiques to compete the Giro d'Italia which covers over 3,000 kilometers in May of each year.

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Award-winning director Arunas Matelis returns after 12 years of creative silence with his new documentary feature Wonderful Losers – A different world.

In this film, Matelis features the less known side of bike racing to understand the harsh sacrifices and the selflessness of the team domestiques to compete the Giro d’Italia which covers over 3,000 kilometers in May of each year.

Featuring Svein Tuft, Daniele Colli, Paolo Tiralongo, Jos van Emden, and Chris Anker Sorensen.

Filmed over several years, Arunas Matelis and his crew joined the medic teams to reveal the unseen footage of the riders at the back of the race – the so-called “water carriers,” “domestiques,” “Gregarios” – who forego their careers and personal victories for the sake of victory for their team leader. Its heroes are athletes undertaking the most difficult challenges, while remaining in the shadow of leaders, without the right to personal victory. Through their sacrifice, they pave the way to victory for the band’s stars, becoming a universal symbol of sacrifice.

It is another intimate film from Arunas Matelis, who won the Director’s Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary in 2006 for his poignant story about young souls grappling with leukemia in Lithuania.

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