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A Sunday in Hell


Sat 17 Mar 2018, 7:00pm–8:55pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full Price: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Concession: $8.20 ($8.00 + $0.20 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale


A New Zealand Bicycle Film Festival Event – director and poet Jørgen Leth is, amongst other things, obsessed with bicycle racing as a ritual expression of human victory and defeat, and from this obsession he has made the unique A Sunday in Hell. The Sunday is April 11th, 1976, when the classic and gruelling annual bicycle race Paris-Roubaix was held, and the Hell is the cobblestone field roads of Northern France, where the champions of bicycle racing battle for victory. With an army of photographers, Jørgen Leth followed the race in all of its details, and he has edited the footage into a mythic and documentary spectacular.

“Forty years on from its release, Jørgen Leth’s film on the 1976 Paris-Roubaix – A Sunday in Hell – remains a little-known masterpiece of sports documentaries… Leth journeyed to northern France to document the running of the Paris-Roubaix, then as now the most prestigious single-day event in professional bike racing. The results of his labours remains the finest documentary made on the sport and arguably one of the best sports documentaries ever filmed, a claim that might seem curious or hyperbolic considering how few people beyond the world of cycling have seen the film, or even know it exists. But in its sweep and detail and idiosyncrasies, Leth’s film is deserving of its place among the genres finest.” — Scott Sutherland

"Arguably the best film ever made about professional cycling" - Peter Cowie, International Film Guide

The New Zealand Bicycle Film Festival runs to 17 March. Search “Nga Taonga” to find the full list of Festival events.

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