Moon Rider

The feature-length documentary debut of Daniel Dencik

Moon Rider is a coming-of-age story about the bike rider Rasmus Quaade. The film follows young Rasmus’ struggle to become a professional rider, a rough and winding road through hell and back.

Shot on fragile Super8 and raw helmet-cam, it is a journey seen from the inside of a young man's head - it is a personal story entrusted to the spectator by Rasmus himself from his intimate diary. Rasmus has proven to have an extra ordinary talent for riding, but even if Rasmus’ physical abilities are extra ordinary and build for cycling, his mind is build for thinking. His constant reflections about life and death becomes his biggest obstacle in reaching his goal of becoming a World Champion. In order to win, he has to empty his head completely, but how do you clear your head, when every thought is a step in the wrong direction? The film paints an honest and heartbreaking picture of the extreme and lonely life of a young championship rider.

"An impressive first feature" - Indiewire

"It's not seen before, that the story is told from the inside. An extremely strong and vibrating film" - Jørgen Leth

Screened at  CPH:DOX 2012, Stockholm International Film Festival 2012.

Production facts

Production year: 2012 

Country of production: Denmark and Sweden
Running length: 82 min
Screening format: HD-Cam SR / 16:9 / stereo
Language: Danish, English, French, German

Director: Daniel Dencik
Sound: Rasmus Winther Jensen, Rasmus Winther Jensen
Music: Erik Enocksson
Director of photography: Daniel Dencik, Aske Alexander Foss
Editor: Daniel Dencik, Cathrine Ambus, Rasmus Gitz-Johansen, Theis Schmidt
Graphic art: Martin Hultman
Grading: Eric Hansson, Head & Tail
Producer: Monica Hellström / Dencik Film
Coproducer: Tobias Janson / Story AB

With support from New Danish Screen, Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute (Cecilia Lidin)

International sales: LevelK / www.levelk.dk

Moon Rider on SVT

 

On Tuesday April 23rd at 9.55pm, Moon Rider had its Swedish TV premiere in SVT1 Dox.

Moon Rider is a coming-of-age story about the bike rider Rasmus Quaade. The film follows young Rasmus’ struggle to become a professional rider, a rough and winding road through hell and back.

Shot on fragile Super8 and raw helmet-cam, it is a journey seen from the inside of a young man's head - it is a personal story entrusted to the spectator by Rasmus himself from his intimate diary. Rasmus has proven to have an extra ordinary talent for riding, but even if Rasmus’ physical abilities are extra ordinary and build for cycling, his mind is build for thinking. His constant reflections about life and death becomes his biggest obstacle in reaching his goal of becoming a World Champion. In order to win, he has to empty his head completely, but how do you clear your head, when every thought is a step in the wrong direction? The film paints an honest and heartbreaking picture of the extreme and lonely life of a young championship rider.

"An impressive first feature" - Indiewire

"It's not seen before, that the story is told from the inside. An extremely strong and vibrating film" - Jørgen Leth

22 April 2013

People

Tobias Janson

tobias@story.se

Moon Rider in London

 

During the weekend, the world tour of Moon Rider with the traveling Bicycle Film Festival continues. If you are in London, catch it on Friday at 8.30 at the Barbican Centre.

Rasmus Quaade, the film's protagonist finished 6th in his first elite men's time trial world championships last week. An amazing acheivement considering the strongest line-up in recent years, plus the fact that Rasmus suffered a flat tire in the beginning of the race.

In Moon Rider, there is no filter between us and his thoughts, growing up to become one of the best athletes in the world in his discipline. See it in London, program here or directly on iTunes, link

1 October 2013

People

Tobias Janson

tobias@story.se