Come and watch the film Ventoux on the 21st of January.
The film follows four 50-something men taking on the mountain nicknamed the Giant of Provence, recreating an ascent they first did on road bikes 30 years earlier. In doing so, they discover themselves and also lay to rest some ghosts from the past, as far as we can work out.
They’re joined at some point by a female friend for their youth, named Laura – perhaps by coincidence, the same name as the muse of the 14th Century Italian poet, Petrarch, the first man to climb Mont Ventoux, or at least write about the experience.
Billed as a bittersweet comedy addressing issues of mid-life crisis and lost youth, it comes across as a bit like Sideways with bikes instead of wine – or perhaps as well as wine, given we’re in the South of France.Based on a bestselling novel by Bert Wagendorp, the film is directed by Nicole van Kilsdonk and is released in the Netherlands in mid-May. Here’s the trailer.
Watch the trailer here (trailer is Dutch but the film has English subtitles) :
- Date: Thursday 21st of January 2016
- Film: Dutch Spoken, English subtitles
- Time: 7.30 pm
- Doors open: 7.00 pm
- Tickets: £10, students £5,-.
- Location: Dutch Centre, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N2HA