Boso ale na rowerze

Duration: 1h 50


Felix van Groeningen (born 1978) graduated from the Audiovisual Arts Department of KASK in Ghent, with his short film 50 CC. He has made several short films, in addition to writing and directing theatre pieces, including Best of and Discotheque. He also played the lead role in Aalst, a play by the theatre group Victoria. His greatest love, however, is directing and, together with producer Dirk Impens, he has made three feature films. Felix van Groeningen is considered one of the most talented and promising Belgian directors and is a representative of the Belgian New Wave. He is known for his specific style and unique skills in working with actors.

Dimitri Verhulst (born 1972) made his writing debut in 1999 and, since then, has been publishing books nearly every year. A breakthrough in his career came with the novel De helaasheid der dingen (French title: La Merditude des Choses) based on which the eponymous movie was made (English title: The Misfortunates, Polish title: Boso, ale na rowerze). The Book nearly instantly hit cult status in Belgium and the Netherlands becoming a literary sensation of the first decade of the 21st century. It has been translated to several languages and published in many European countries, including Germany, Italy, France, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

Boso, ale na rowerze (English title: The Misfortunates) is a surprising and unique combination of tragicomic romance and black humour merged with the atmosphere of Roy Orbison's music. Many scenes seem comical or even absurd, but everything is lined with deeper meaning. It is not so much pure sarcasm, but rather tragicomic laughter through tears, laughter which makes one ask whether there is, actually, anything to laugh about. The Polish title (Barefoot, but Cycling) is a reference to Stanisław Grzesiuk's autobiographical book Boso, ale w ostrogach (Barefoot, but in Spurs) which tells the story of a boy who grew up in the 1930s in the Warsaw district of Czerniaków. Both stories share a similar feature: one can be "barefoot", but the bitterness of life and lack of prospects for the future is best counteracted with a sense of humour, pride and dignity.

Screenplay: Christophe Dirickx and Felix van Groeningen, based on a novel by Dimitri Verhulst

Director: Felix van Groeningen

Director of photography: Ruben Impens

Producer: Dirk Impens

Cast: Kenneth Vanbaeden, Valentijn Dhaenens, Koen De Graeve, Wouter Hendrickx, Johan Heldengergh, Bert Haelvoet, Gilda de Bal, Natali Broods, Pauline Grossen, Sofie Palmers, Guy Dermul, Jos Geens, Robby Cleiren, Sara De Bosschere, Wout Klechtermans, Yves Degryse, Lynn Van Royen, Ehsan Hemat, Sachli Ghomalizad, Katrien Declercq, Sten van Gestel, Charlotte Vandermeersch.

Distribution in Poland: Against Gravity