“The Accidental Death of a Cyclist”, a documentary about Marco Pantani, is to be released before the Tour de France. It is slated for U.K. theatrical release in May.
James Erskine, the award-winning writer, director and producer, said, “This is not just a film about cycling, but a psychological exploration of what drives athletes to compete; the masochistic pursuit of victory, to the point of self-destruction. It will look in detail at the nature of what it means to be a sporting champion and what great victories mean, in the controversial context of the doping allegations that continue to plague the sport.”
The film will use race archive and contemporary news footage, stylized dramatic reconstructions and interviews with Pantani’s friends, family, colleagues, and rivals.