The Athlete

The Athlete  {Atletu}
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Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
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The Athlete
Ethiopia, 2009, 93 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany/USA
Topics: African Interest, Biopic, Drama, Sports
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Amharic English Sub-Titles

Awards: Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010 Lions Award

Marathoner Abebe Bikila, the first black African to win an Olympic gold, ran his gold medal marathon barefoot. Impressive, sure, but Bikila’s story becomes truly remarkable following an accident that leaves him unable to walk. From Bikila’s early Olympic triumphs that made him a national hero, to the aftermath of the accident that left him paralyzed, Bikila’s ceaseless determination for greatness never wavers.

The Athlete is a well-crafted character study set within a compelling and unique biopic. As Bikila struggles to redefine his life after the accident, the film thoughtfully considers the meaning of the drive to compete and what makes a champion. Remarkably blending breathtaking scenes starring Ethiopian Rasselas Lakew and archival footage of the real Abebe Bikila, the film’s visual metaphors cement this film firmly in the runner’s movie pantheon. This well-acted and strikingly photographed true story will come as a welcomed tribute to those who know Bikila’s story, and as an unforgettable discovery to those who do not.

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DIRECTOR: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew
Producer: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew, Darryn Welch
Editor: Davey Frankel, Matt Mayer
Screenwriter: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew, Mikael Aemrio Awake
Cinematographer: Philipp Pfeifer, Rodney Taylor, Toby Moore, Radoslav Spassov
Music: Christian Meyer, Mark Wike
Principal Cast: Rasselas Lakew, Dag Malmberg, Ruta Gedmintas, Abba Waka Dessalegn
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Davey Frankel -

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