Hugo Koblet
dir. Daniel von Aarburg, Switzerland, 2011, 96 mins
Section: Heroes Among Us  ·  Competition: Millennium Award
Screening times
May 12 16:30, Kinoteka 4
May 7 13:30, Kinoteka 4
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Swiss cyclist Hugo Koblet is the first foreigner to win the Giro d’Italia in 1950. The son of a baker in Zurich’s working class district takes the world by complete surprise and shoots to fame. Women adore the handsome and worldly charmer, cycling aficionados revere him for his elegant riding and the press happily feeds on his numerous affairs. The following year he also wins the Tour de France. Before long his swift rise is put to an abrupt end by doping abuse that causes irreparable damage to his health. However, Koblet enjoys a couple more glamorous years at the Six Day race in Zurich and admits himself into society by marrying model Sonja Bühl. But all too soon the lavish womaniser is short of money and on the brink of a divorce when he crashes his sports car into a tree. It remains unsettled whether it was an accident or a suicide.

Director Daniel von Aarburg depicts the larger-than-life story of Hugo Koblet with post-war archival footage, re-enacted key scenes and interviews with contemporary witnesses like his perennial adversary Ferdy Kübler.

Wybrane nagrody i festiwale /Selected festivals and awards: 2010 – MFF Saturno, Nagroda Saturno d’Oro /Saturno IFF, SAturni d’Oro Award, 2010 – Festiwal Filmów o Sporcie, Mediolan, Specjalne wyróżnienie/ Sport Film Festival, Milano, Special Honour, 2010 – MFF Locarno/ IFF Locarno.


Zdjęcia /Cinematography by: Pierre Mennel
Produkcja /Production: Cornelia Seitler, Brigitte Hofer

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