Tour de France, the world’s hardest bicycle race, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003. Besides incredible spectacle and picturesque landscapes, German Oscar-winner Danquart records the unspeakable ordeal the racers experience on their way to the finish-line. ‘Hell on Wheels’ focuses on cyclist Erik Zabel and T-Mobile team. The film also provides an insight into the organization of the Tour, its history and the numerous crowds watching it.
Pepe Danquart (1955) has been a film director since 1970. While ‘Schwarzfahrer’ (1993) won him an Oscar, he was proclaimed the best German director for his ‘Heimspiel’ (2000). His films include: ‘C(r)ook’ (2004), ‘Semana Santa’ (2002), ‘Mörderinnen’ (2001), ‘Playboys’ (1998), ‘Nach Saison’ (1997), ‘Dädalus’ (1991).
2004, 123', color, 35 mm
Filip Zumbrunn, Michael Hammon, Wolfgang Thaler
Till Brönner, Robert Schumann, Johann Sebastian Bach
NFP Neue Filmproduktion