Bikes vs Cars
Official film description...
Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos.
The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.
Notes on the film...
The film addresses the subject „motorized private transport“, a dominant environmental and energy-intensive problem worldwide. „Bikes vs. Cars“ encourages to reflect what makes a city worth living: multi-line motorways with inevitable traffic jam or socially and ecologically compatible mobility? The bicycle becomes a symbol for a global movement, which stands for freedom and environmental awareness. However, the film jury considers that bike transport as the only solution approach ends up to be too one-dimensional.
Rating from our film jury...
Selected for the Films for the Earth Festival 2016.
„Bikes vs. Cars“ establishes a connection to one’s own world and uses therefore divergent perspectives. The film takes up a rarely documented topic and creates with a mature journalistic performance in a fluid and stimulating way something novel.
Contexts are clearly conveyed and underlined with many facts and examples.
„Bikes vs. Cars“ touches emotionally and motivates towards action as well as the assumption of responsibility for oneself and others.
The film is logically structured, equipped with high-quality pictures and is accompanied by suitable music and a skilful cut.
“Breezy, intelligent, diffuse but uncluttered, Fredrik Gertten's documentary “Bikes vs Cars” could be called a tale of congestion-plagued cities.” – New York Times
“Gertten has put in the time to capture how these cities' unique scenarios unfold to mount a compelling case against the powerful automotive, oil and construction lobbies.” – Los Angeles Times
“It's not that anyone is opposed to bikes; they're opposed to anything that might threaten the profits of car manufacturers and oil companies.” – Village Voice
Technical information and screening rights...
Director: Fredrik Gertten
Script: Fredrik Gertten
Production: Margarete Jangård, Elin Kamlert
Actors: Aline Cavalcante, Dan Koeppel
Runtime: 90 mins
Languages (Audio): English, Portuguese, Spanish
Languages (Subtitles): English
World Rights: Autlook Film Sales