Cannes Docs


Original title: Cyclovia

Directed by: Finlay Pretsell

Produced by: Sonja Henrici (Sonja Henrici Creates / Parcel of Rogues UK, Scotland), Nicolas van Hemelryck (Casatarantula, Colombia), Sigrid Dyekjaer (Real Lava, Denmark), Tobias Janson (Story AB, Sweden)

Country of production: UK, Colombia, Sweden, Denmark

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: December, 2025

Production stage: Pre-production

Budget: €1 349 276 (37,24% in place )

1st feature: No

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“Cyclovia” is a cinematic voyage through Colombia, weaving intimate tales of love and life amidst the rhythmic pulse of biking. From high up in the Andes to the Amazon, it immerses us in diverse lives: elite cyclists, refugee couriers, and daring youngsters on heavy bikes without brakes. A sensory odyssey unveiling the simple and transformative power of the bike, providing freedom and independence for all.

Director’s profile:

Finlay is a BAFTA winning filmmaker and producer driven by the authenticity and rawness of non-fiction cinema. He immerses his audience in an experience they wouldn’t have access to themselves. His debut feature, the award-winning film Time Trial (2018) takes the audience to the core of bike racing via disgraced Tour de France cyclist David Millar, using pioneering sound and visual techniques Finlay’s breakthrough as a filmmaker was in 2007 with Standing Start followed by Ma Bar, Cutting Loose and other award-winning shorts which he co-directed with his friend Adrian McDowall. His films have have screened in hundreds of film festivals around the world including IDFA, Sundance, SXSW, Hotdocs, Sheffield Docfest, Visions du Réel, Berlinale etc.. In 2019 Finlay set up a joint label “Parcel of Rogues” with Sonja Henrici.

Producer’s profile:

Sonja is a leading German-British producer of many acclaimed feature documentaries and campaigns, including The Oil Machine (Sheffield/ IDFA/ BBC), Merkel (Telluride/ IDFA/Netflix), Time Trial (SXSW), Donkeyote (IFFR), I Am Breathing and more. She was Co-Director/Exec Producer of Scottish Documentary Institute from 2013 – 2020 and founder of its production arm, SDI Productions. In 2021 she founded Sonja Henrici Creates for all her future creative and production work. “Parcel of Rogues” is her joint label for Finlay Pretsell projects. Her films have screened on all continents, in top festivals, cinema, TV, VOD, DVD, in over 60 countries. She loves to collaborate internationally from her base in Edinburgh. Forthcoming feature docs (2024): Love & Trouble by Amy Hardie and Tracing Light by Thomas Riedelsheimer. Sonja is a member of AMPAS and BAFTA.