A sunday in hell / En forårsdag i helvede

Jørgen Leth (DK, 1977)

En forårsdag i helvede (Jørgen Leth, DK, 1977)
Foto: Heine Pedersen;Vibeke Winding

Director and poet Jørgen Leth is, amongst other things, obsessed with bicycle racing as a ritual expression of human victory and defeat, and from this obsession he has made the unique "A Sunday in Hell". The Sunday is April 11th, 1976, when the classic and grueling annual bicycle race Paris-Roubaix was held, and the Hell is the cobblestone field roads of Northern France, where the champions of bicycle racing battle for victory. With an army of photographers, Jørgen Leth followed the race in all of its details, and he has edited the footage into a mythic and documentary spectacular.

CategoryDK/Documentary

Basic information

Danish titleEn forårsdag i helvede
Other titlesDanish classics - selection
DirectorJørgen Leth
ScreenplayJørgen Leth
ProducerJørgen Leth
Director of PhotographyDan Holmberg
Danish theatrical release25.02.1977
TV release1993-04-06
TV 2
Production countryDenmark
Duration111 min.
Production companySteen Herdel Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral, Kino Film
International saleJørgen Leth Productions / 24, rue Sainte-Anne / HT9110 Jacmel / Haïti / jorgen@lethfilm.dk
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Additional information

Technical info3055 meters / color
Danish ratingAllowed for all

Full credits

Direction
Jørgen LethDirection
Ann BierlichAssistant director
Script
Jørgen LethScript
Production
Jørgen LethExecutive producer
Christian ClausenProduction manager
Pepo AngelProduction assistant
Francoise GenetProduction assistant
John JohansenProduction assistant
Ib TardiniProduction assistant
Cinematography
Dan HolmbergDirector of photography
Claude BertrandCinematographer
Birger BohmCinematographer
Morten BruusCinematographer
Dirk BrüelCinematographer
Henning CamreCinematographer
Paul ConstantiniCinematographer
Jean-Claude FontanCinematographer
Jean-Pierre GautierCinematographer
Ron GoodmanCinematographer
Henrik HerbertCinematographer
Steen HerdelCinematographer
Teit JørgensenCinematographer
Peter KlitgaardCinematographer
Jacques LoiseleuxCinematographer
Gregers NielsenCinematographer
Alain PottiezCinematographer
Peter RoosCinematographer
Rolf RønneCinematographer
Fritz SchrøderCinematographer
Uffe Kaare ThomsenCinematographer
Serge ValdenaireCinematographer
Jan WeinckeCinematographer
Roland WiederCinematographer
Stills
Electrical dept.
Eg NorreBest boy
Editing
Lars BrydesenEditing
Music
Sound
Ole ØrstedSound engineer
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Athens International Film Festival 16-09-2009
Warszawa, Against Gravity 09-05-2008
Adelaide International Film Festival 22-02-2007
Vivo Film srl. Acquisition & Sales 01-01-2006
Marseille Festival International du Documentaire 26-06-2004
ICA Institute of Contemporary Art 07-11-2003
Sevilla Cinema and Sport Film Festival 02-11-2003
Bergen International Film festival 16-10-2003
Sheffield Doc/Fest 13-10-2003
São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro - It's All True - International Doc. Film Festival 03-04-2003
Denver Film Society, Jørgen Leth Retrospective 08-11-2002
New York Jørgen Leth Retrospective 01-09-2002
Stockholm Cinemateket, Svenska Filminstitutet 15-08-2001
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 10-10-2000
Fresnoy Film Week 28-06-2000
Aarhus Filmfestival 29-09-1999
Aubervilliers Le Studio 14-01-1998
Herouville Saint-Clair, Cinéma Art 10-01-1998
Amsterdam, IDFA 28-11-1996
Bombay International Film Festival 29-01-1996
Dunkerque Film Festival 01-10-1995
London Barbican Centre 12-11-1992
Washington Jørgen Leth Retrospective 08-05-1992
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 08-03-1990
Hors Pistes Festival Paris Centre Pompidou 01-03-1990
London Jørgen Leth Retrospective 02-03-1989
Paris Incitations Danoises 15-10-1986
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 21-11-1985
Lisbon Danish Film Week 25-01-1983
Los Angeles Scandinavia Today 25-01-1983
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