KINOSMITH and CYCLE TORONTO
Bikes vs Cars
A film by Fredrik Gertten
money vs. the environment, gridlock vs. movement, the battle lines are drawn
Opens in Toronto
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Opens in Montreal
Cinema du Parc
Opens in Cobourg
Opens in Vancouver
other Canadian cities to follow
IN TORONTO BIKE VALET WILL BE PROVIDED BY CYCLE TORONTO
FOR THE OPENING WEEKEND OF SCREENINGS.
YOUR VALET STUB WILL GET YOU DISCOUNTS AT THE CINEMA’S CONCESSION.
SO RIDE YOUR BIKE TO THE SCREENING!
Sweden | Documentary | RT: 90 min
Toronto’s erstwhile mayor was elected decrying bike-lanes and the “war against cars.” Meanwhile, in car-friendly Sao Paulo, Brazil, a cyclist is killed every four days. Against a backdrop of global warming, degraded urban air quality, stress and frustration, documentarian Fredrik Gertten does not shy away from the “W” word, “war.”
As with his previous acclaimed work – Bananas! And Big Boys Gone Bananas!, about malfeasance in the world of fruit conglomerates – Gertten follows the money to show how the auto industry has rewritten the rules over the past century to create a gridlocked, car-devoted world.
Bikes vs Cars was recently honoured with a Green Award special mention at Warsaw’s Docs Against Gravity Film Festival.
Despite a clear, worldwide demand for alternatives, we are on course to see two billion cars on the roads by 2020, a doubling in a mere decade. Bikes vs Cars travels the planet compiling narratives that paint a larger, troubling picture – with flashes of grassroots hope.
We meet Aline at Sao Paulo’s Ciclofaxia, the weekly Sunday ride where one lane of Paulista Avenue is devoted to bikes. The Italian-born activist remains positive and motivated as she loses close friends to the carnage on the roads.
In Los Angeles, the quintessential city of cars, we learn how the city’s admired transit system was bought by the car companies themselves. From 1945-60, the entire system was dismantled to make way for now-clogged freeways. And we see the city’s hardy cycling community revel in “Carmageddon” – the closing of the infamous 405 freeway for a weekend of repairs.
Finally, we discover a world-class urban alternative in Copenhagen, a city where 40% cycle to work daily.
“It’s not a war per se, even if the title implies it, but more a David and Goliath story,” Gertten says of Bikes vs Cars. “Road rage and poor city planning creates daily death amongst bicyclists. And they demand safe lanes. It’s an uneven fight. Activists and politicians that work for change are facing a multi-billion dollar car, oil and construction industry that use all their means to keep society car dependent. But the bicycle is an amazing tool for change. It’s a growing movement, which I’ve now seen around the world – a project of passion.”
KinoSmith Inc., is an independent Canadian film distribution and marketing company founded in 2007 by distribution veteran Robin Smith. KinoSmith is also home to the Hot Docs Collection that releases award-winning documentaries curated by the Hot Docs Festival in Canada. KinoSmith recently teamed up with the Blue Ice Group to start a new global distribution entity call Blue Ice Docs. KinoSmith’s current and upcoming releases include IRIS, I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY, Sundance and Hot Docs hit HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, CHAMELEON, THE JOE SHOW, THE AMINA PROFILE, WHAT’S LEFT, GHOST ROCKETS and BOUND BY FLESH.
About Cycle Toronto
Cycle Toronto (formerly the Toronto Cyclists Union) is a diverse member-supported organization that advocates for a healthy, safe, cycling-friendly city for all. https://www.cycleto.ca/