A Sunday in Hell: Behind The Scenes of the Greatest Cycling Film of All Time
Jørgen Leth on set of A Sunday in Hell

A Sunday in Hell: Behind The Scenes of the Greatest Cycling Film of All Time 12A S Sold Out


Please note: This was screened in April 2018

Jørgen Leth
Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck, Marc Demeyer
111 mins, Subtitled, 1977, Denmark

The Paris-Roubaix Bike Race. 273 kilometres of torment across the bone-crunching pavé of northern France. In 1976 the celebrated Danish film director, poet and commentator, Jørgen Leth, embarked on an ambitious project to capture the spirit of this spectacular and cruel one-day race. The resulting film, A Sunday in Hell, has become the most admired cycling documentary of all time and its revolutionary camera and sound techniques have forever changed the way the sport is viewed on screen. A true masterpiece of cycling cinematography, accompanied by Leth’s unique narration that brings the mythical and heroic aspects of the sport so vividly to life, A Sunday in Hell captured something of the soul of cycling. Often imitated, it's never been bettered.

Ahead of this weekend's Paris-Roubaix and to mark the release of a new book about Leth and the film, join us for a screening of this landmark sports documentary followed by a Q&A with author William Fotheringham and learn more about creativity of Jørgen Leth, his method, the riders and the iconic locations in the film.

William will be signing copies of his book (available for £15.00) before the screening and there will also be pre-signed copies available after the Q&A.

Presented by Cyclescreen: Bristol Bike Film Festival

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The film will be preceded by a screening of Jørgen Leth’s rare short Eddy Merckx in the Vicinity of a Cup of Coffee (1974, 30mins) which anticipated A Sunday in Hell whilst showcasing Leth’s playfulness and background in experimental, abstract filmmaking.