Bengal Bicycle Diary

Bengal Bicycle Diary

Deník bengálského bicyklu

Script: Angus Reid
Photography: Angus Reid
Editing: Angus Reid
Sound: Angus Reid
Color: Colour
Language: English, Hindi
Synopsis

In February 2006 the director Angus Reid set out with a group of cyclists on a trip through western Bengal with the aim of covering seven hundred kilometres in seven days. After several days some members of the expedition became seriously ill. The cause of their nausea, diarrhoea, and fever was the parasite Entomoeba histolytica. The film evolved along with the symptoms of illness. _ The rhythm of this essayist road-movie is set by the journey by bicycle, by the progress of the illness, and by the telling of dreams. In one the director dreams that he is moving around his own home but he can see that everything inside has been reconstructed and someone has had it repainted. _ The director had wanted to surrender himself to this journey, which was conceived as a journey to renew the will in order to come to terms with a disturbance of the soul. But the illness proceeds inexorably towards destroying the order that the trip was intended to create, the body is made conditional, and the limits of human resolve are revealed. _ The state of the body determines the film's point of view. While the illness consumes the life force of the individual, it also becomes a screen onto which all the impressions and meetings from the trip are projected, no one yet knowing how significant they may become. _ The cyclist's eye is the camera, which breaks the world down into fragments of small stories. The report on the trip breaks down into a mosaic of fragments, flanked by commentary, in which a personal story mingles with a broader cultural message.

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Festival edition: 2006
Sections: Opus Bonum
Exhibition format: DVD PAL

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