Le Tour de France, the bicycle race running for three weeks throughout France, has become a symbol of the annual summer vacation as well as a national celebration. Likewise, fans flock to key routes to witness the race. This docudrama offers a fresh new take on the race not from the competitors’ point-ofview, but from those cheering at the side of the road they pass through by following retirees waiting for the competitors along the Alps roads. As indicated in its original title Le Grand-Messe, to these people, Le Tour de France is not simply a sport, but a holy ritual that must be attended with reverence. How about joining the crowd’s passionate wait for the day of glory when competitors pass by right before their eyes. (SEO Do-eun)
Valery ROSIER, Meryl FORTUNAT-ROSSI
They both studied at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion. They co-directed E411, their first short film. After separately directing other short films, they got together again to write the documentary Silence Radio, which won the Golden FIPA in Biarritz in 2013.