The Bicycle

Ten-year-old Mara is the only one in her class who doesn’t have a bike. It makes Mara’s life difficult, especially in Holland where almost everyone owns one and it’s a necessity to get around. Mara decides to take matters into her own hands and to build a bicycle. She uses parts of her classmates’ bikes to assemble her own, and in the process receives a magical bicycle bell from an unknown vagrant.

ORIGINAL TITLE

De Fiets

RELEASE YEAR

1997

GENRE

Children’s film

LANGUAGE

Dutch

DIRECTOR

Bas Dumoulin

WRITER

Bas Dumoulin

CAST

Marlies Rutten, Freek de Jonge, Roef Ragas

CO-PRO

VPRO (NL)

SALES AGENT

NOS

FINANCIERS

Rinkel Film Productions, the Foundation Home Copy (NL), the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (NL), Union Bikes (NL), NOS (NL) and Metasound (NL)

SOLD TO

6 territories

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

Screened at more than 35 film festivals worldwide

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