Frans van der Meer is the bicylce repair man of Amsterdam. His 90 year old workshop keeps the legs of Amsterdam running. “De Benen van Amsterdam”: The documentary of Wytse Koetse, Netherlands, 2015, is the winner of the Goldene Kurbel 2015.
Insane applause also for runner-up, which is Jossie Malis and his impressive animation “Bendito Machine IV – Fuel the Machines. On the third rank is Romy Steyer and her documentary “Friedensfahrer Lothar”. Congratulations in behalf of the Jury Board!
The Award of the Audience, decided through a public vote, was given to Lucas Camps, NL, and his film “Groen” – Green – a comedy about a student, by bike and in a hurry, who is detained by a group of pedestrians, waiting for a traffic light to turn green. The absurd situation evokes Vladimir and Estragon in Godot, but in a ticking thrill like Gary Cooper in High Noon! The film got also a Honorable Mention as Best Film Comedy of the 10th ICFF.
The Jury Board gave Honorable Mentions to another three films:
RIDE, Coffus Hoffmann, Germany: Best feature film adaption by bike. RIDE is a homage to the feature film Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn. The German actress Julia Rölle acts as a getaway driver on a fixed-gear bicycle, doing her job precisly and cold-bloodedly.
Baikal Ice Trip, Paweł Wichrowski and Jabuk Ribicky, Poland: Best bike trip documentation. Baikal Ice Trip shows a bike holiday on Lake Baikal in the South of Siberia, in winter at minus 30 °C.
Vorsprung durch Forschung, Klappradkollektiv Rakete Frankfurt, Germany: Best folding bike film. A tongue-in-cheek documentary about the advancements in folding bike race technology by the research and development center of Rakete Frankfurt.
Big congratulations from the festivals makers and the Jury Board!