Bikes vs Cars

Official film description

"Bikes vs Cars" depicts a global crisis that we all know, deep down, we need to talk about: climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos.

The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.

Notes on the film

The film addresses the subject „motorized private transport“, a dominant environmental and energy-intensive problem worldwide. "Bikes vs. Cars“ encourages to reflect what makes a city worth living: multi-line motorways with inevitable traffic jam or socially and ecologically compatible mobility? The bicycle becomes a symbol for a global movement, which stands for freedom and environmental awareness. However, the film jury considers that bike transport as the only solution approach ends up to be too one-dimensional.

Rating from our film jury

Selected for the Films for the Earth Festival 2016.

"Bikes vs. Cars“ establishes a connection to one’s own world and uses therefore divergent perspectives. The film takes up a rarely documented topic and creates with a mature journalistic performance in a fluid and stimulating way something novel.

Contexts are clearly conveyed and underlined with many facts and examples.

"Bikes vs. Cars“ touches emotionally and motivates towards action as well as the assumption of responsibility for oneself and others.

The film is logically structured, equipped with high-quality pictures and is accompanied by suitable music and a skilful cut.

Further reviews

Follow filmmaker Frederik Gertten on a journey around the world visiting cities and see how they deal with cycle traffic. Objective, free from polemics, and without real simple truth the film makes it possible for the audience to come up with an own opinion. Therefore it is a film that should also be seen by car drivers, because it shows both perspectives in equal mesaure. – Düsseldorfer Filmkunstkinos

Breezy, intelligent, diffuse but uncluttered, Fredrik Gertten's documentary "Bikes vs Cars" could be called a tale of congestion-plagued cities. – New York Times

Gertten has put in the time to capture how these cities' unique scenarios unfold to mount a compelling case against the powerful automotive, oil and construction lobbies. – Los Angeles Times

It's not that anyone is opposed to bikes; they're opposed to anything that might threaten the profits of car manufacturers and oil companies. – Village Voice

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Fredrik Gertten
Script: Fredrik Gertten
Production: Margarete Jangård, Elin Kamlert
Music: Florencia Di Concilio
Actors: Aline Cavalcante, Dan Koeppel, Ivan Naurholm, Raquel Rolnik, Nicolas Habib, Don Ward, Rob Ford, Gil Peñalosa, Joel Ewanick, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Christina Deckwirt, Joshua Dysart, Liliana Godoy, Fabio Mendonça, Ricardo Correa, Evelyn Araripe, Otto Koeppel, Kalee Thompson, Karem Rojas
Year: 2015
Duration: 88 min
Picture format: 16:9
Language (audio): English, Spanish, Portuguese
Language (subtitles): Japanese, German, French, English, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch, Serbian, Greek
Country of origin: Sweden
Shooting Locations: Germany, Denmark, Canada, France, China, Colombia, United States, Sweden, United Kingdom
Our age recommendation: 12
Screening rights: Autlook Film Sales ()

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Main topic(s): Mobility
Secondary topics: car bicycle urban development
Mentions: bicycle bike traffic mobility car street transportation
Topic Page(s): Mobility The nominated films of past Films for the Earth Festivals.



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