enda

A sunday in hell

Jørgen Leth, Denmark, 1977

111 min.DK/Documentary

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.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Library
Danish title En forårsdag i helvede
Other titles Danish classics - selection, A sunday in hell
Keywords , Cycling, Bicycle race, France
Director Jørgen Leth
Screenplay Jørgen Leth
Director of Photography Claude Bertrand, Birger Bohm, Morten Bruus, Dirk Brüel, Henning Camre, Paul Constantini, Jean-Claude Fontan, Jean-Pierre Gautier, Ron Goodman, Henrik Herbert, Steen Herdel, Teit Jørgensen, Peter Klitgaard, Jacques Loiseleux, Gregers Nielsen, Alain Pottiez, Peter Roos, Rolf Rønne, Fritz Schrøder, Uffe Kaare Thomsen, Serge Valdenaire, Jan Weincke, Roland Wieder
Editor Lars Brydesen
Sound Ole Ørsted
Composer Gunner Møller Pedersen
Production country Denmark
Production companies Steen Herdel Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral, Kino Film
International sale Leth Productions / 24, rue Sainte-Anne / HT9110 Jacmel / jorgen@lethfilm.dk
Technical info 3055, color
Danish theatrical release 25.02.1977
Cinemas Nygade
TV release 17.06.1979
Danish rating Allowed for all

Companies

Production companies Steen Herdel Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral, Kino Film

Direction

Direction Jørgen Leth
Assistant director Ann Bierlich

Script

Script Jørgen Leth

Production

Executive producer Jørgen Leth
Production manager Christian Clausen
Production assistant Pepo Angel
Production assistant Francoise Genet
Production assistant John Johansen
Production assistant Ib Tardini

Cinematography

Director of photography Dan Holmberg
Cinematographer Claude Bertrand
Cinematographer Birger Bohm
Cinematographer Morten Bruus
Cinematographer Dirk Brüel
Cinematographer Henning Camre
Cinematographer Paul Constantini
Cinematographer Jean-Claude Fontan
Cinematographer Jean-Pierre Gautier
Cinematographer Ron Goodman
Cinematographer Henrik Herbert
Cinematographer Steen Herdel
Cinematographer Teit Jørgensen
Cinematographer Peter Klitgaard
Cinematographer Jacques Loiseleux
Cinematographer Gregers Nielsen
Cinematographer Alain Pottiez
Cinematographer Peter Roos
Cinematographer Rolf Rønne
Cinematographer Fritz Schrøder
Cinematographer Uffe Kaare Thomsen
Cinematographer Serge Valdenaire
Cinematographer Jan Weincke
Cinematographer Roland Wieder

Stills

Stills Heine Pedersen
Stills Vibeke Winding

Electrical dept.

Best boy Leif Barney Fick
Best boy Kim Sejer Larsen
Best boy Eg Norre

Editing

Editing Lars Brydesen

Music

Music Gunner Møller Pedersen

Sound

Sound engineer Ole Ørsted
Sound Søren Brix
Sound Leif Jensen
Sound Flemming Møller
Sound Ole Ørsted

Festival screenings

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