wonderful losers - a different world

You have never been closer to the Giro d’Italia. Even if you have never wanted to be closer to the Giro d’Italia, you will savor this extraordinary view of tireless cyclists from such vantage points as the medical car that races along with all the athletes and has to dispense iodine and bandages from the window without either party stopping. With an international crew under the direction of Arunas Matelis, the documentary pays tribute to all the support teams that make it possible for somebody to don a championship sweater. Lithuania's entry to the 91st Academy Awards for Best Foreign language Film.

NYC Premiere Screening

Screening Date & Time: Saturday, October 20, 6:15 pm

Q&A following screening with the film’s director, Arunas Matelis.

Original title: Nuostabieji lūzeriai. Kita planeta

Runtime: 71 min

Lithuania - 2017

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About The Director:

Arūnas Matelis (born 1961) studied applied mathematics at Vilnius University and graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in 1990. His first documentary film Dešimt minučių prieš Ikaro skrydį (Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus, 1990) was proclaimed by critics as the manifesto of a new generation of young filmmakers. He explored original themes, experimented boldly with aesthetics, and indulged his own voice as an artist. Matelis is among few European film directors who have been honoured by one of the most important US film industry prizes – Directors’ Guild of America (DGA) Achievement Award for his debut full-length documentary Prieš parskrendant į Žemę (Before Flying Back to the Earth, 2005). The film received more than 10 highly prestigious awards, including top prizes at IDFA, DOK Leipzig, European Film Academy nomination and more. In 2005, Matelis won the Lithuanian National Prize. He is a member of the European Film Academy, chairman of the Lithuanian Filmmakers Union, a founder of the Lithuanian Film Academy.


Warsaw Film Festival – Best Documentary 2017

Minsk Listapad Film Festival – Grand-Prix for Best Documentary 2018

Minsk Listapad Film Festival – Audience Award 2018

Lithuanian Filmmakers Union Award – Best Lithuanian Film 2017

Trieste Film Festival - Best Documentary 2018

National Lithuanian Film Awards – Best Documentary 2018

National Lithuanian Film Awards – Best Composer 2018

National Lithuanian Film Awards – Audience Favourite 2018

Baltijos Banga International Film Festival 2018 - Audience Favourite