US premiere:’Clean Spirit’ | by Dirk Jan Roeleven at the Bicycle Film Festival, NYC

27 June 2014 — 1 July 2014
32 Second Ave, New York, NY, United States New York City

On Friday June 27th, ‘Clean Spirit’ (Dutch title: ‘Nieuwe Helden’) by Dutch filmmaker Dirk Jan Roeleven, will be screened for the first time in the U.S., at 6pm and 8.30pm at Anthology Film Archives during the 2014 edition of the Bicycle Film Festival (June 25-29) in Manhattan.

Additional screening added for July 1st in Brooklyn, NY:

TUESDAY July 1st

Time: 9:00PM


269 Baltic Street

Brooklyn, New York 11201

Reception and Q&A with Director Dirk Jan Roeleven to follow

 About ‘Clean Spirit’

A unique and compelling inside story of cycling team, Argos-Shimano, keen on showing that winning is possible without any use of doping. We follow the team up close, in cinema verité style,  during the 100th edition of the Tour de France.  Knowing that they cannot beat their opponents in the mountains, they have specialized in the sprint.

We see the young team inside their hotel rooms, at intimate moments when the men are alone or getting a massage and in the team bus where film crews normally aren’t allowed. We witness the German sprint talent Marcel Kittel promising his teammates a Rolex if they let him win the first stage. In the excitement of the race we are there when Mark Cavendish causes Argos-Shimano sprinter Tom Veelers to crash and ultimately forcing him to leave the Tour. While Cavendish tries to intimidate his opponent, Kittel takes his revenge in the ultimate etappe in Paris, letting the clean team spirit have its victory.

Film information

Year: 2014
Length: 88 minutes
Language: Dutch, French, Spanish, German, English – with English sub-titles

Country: Netherlands
Premiere: North American premiere June 27th, 2014

About the director

Dirk Jan Roeleven (1961) is a well-known Dutch film- and television director who contributed to renowned programs Andere Tijden, Zembla and Het uur van de Wolf.

He made a series of sports documentaries and portraits of a variety of public figures, including Desi Bouterse, Louis van Gaal, Anton Corbijn, Willem Wilmink, Willem Ruis, Pim Fortuyn and Wim Sonneveld. His work on road cycling and running is featured in De Muur and Runner’s World. Dirk Jan Roeleven recently completed his book ‘De nieuwe fiets’ (‘The New Bike’).

About the Bicycle Film Festival

Brendt Barbur, Founding Festival Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival when he was hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City.  He insisted on turning his negative experience into a positive one. In 2001 Barbur started the Bicycle Film Festival as a platform to celebrate the bicycle through music, art and, of course, film.

The Bicycle Film Festival has been a major catalyst for the urban bike movement, one of the most powerful and culturally relevant forces of the last decade. The  Bicycle Film Festival  screens films from established artists to emerging filmmakers who have a shared passion for bicycles. The festival includes aftershows with live music as well as JOYRIDE, an annual art show, which brings together a diverse group of internationally established artists, emerging artists and members of the bicycling community, all who share a passion for bicycles.

For more information on the festival program, events and tickets, please click here.