Gladiators. A Different World

"Gladiators. A Different World" 

Director: Arūnas Matelis

Scriptwriters: Arūnas Matelis with participating Edita Pučinskaitė

Producers: Arūnas Matelis and Algimantė Matelienė

DOP: Mark Olexa, Giordano Bianchi, Arūnas Matelis, Ivars Zviedris, Valdis Celminš, Audrius Kemežys, Giacomo Becherini, Simone Rivoire, Paulo Benitti, Paulo Spadavecchia, Ugo Pozzi, Gintautas Beržinskas, Vytautas Katkus

Co-Producers: Stefano Tealdi & Edoardo Fracchia, Bram Crols, Mark Olexa,  Uldis Cekulis, Jeremiah Cullinane, Deaglan Ó Mochain,

Associate producers: Pepe Andreu & Rafa Molés, Ugo Pozzi & Giuliano Torghele & Camilla Tomba

Supporters: Lithuanian Film Centre, Creative Europe Media Development/ TV Broadcasting, Trentino Film Commission, FVG Film commission, Apulia Film Commission, Film CommisionTorino Piemonte, VAF – Vlaams Audiovisual Fonds, Latvian Film Center, Northern Ireland Screen


“40 years after Stars and Watercarriers, the heroes of Giro d’Italia will be captured on film stock again” -  Il Gazzettino

“Matelis is making a risky bet: a feature film not about the winners, but about the hard working athletes who are left in the shadow” – La Repubblica

“The film honours the fatigue, the strategies, the rage and the delusions of the ignored soldiers on every team” – Corriere della Sera


‘Gladiators. A Different World’ is a documentary poem about a unique side of professional cycling unfolding the relationship between those who lead and those who are ready to do anything to help them achieve the victory. A link between leaders and their gregories, faithful friends and sword-bearers, who are prepared to endure harshest challenges, make biggest sacrifices, stand up after falls and keep on racing not for a personal victory but rather for a teammate’s triumph.