MARINONI: The Fire in the Frame tells the story of cycling icon Giuseppe Marinoni, who found his calling when he transitioned from champion racer to master bike craftsman. Born in Italy in 1937, Marinoni was a champion cyclist as a young man. In 1965, he was invited to Canada to participate in a race, and after meeting the love of his life, decided to stay in Canada for good, where he dominated competitive cycling for years. When his racing career came to a natural end, Marinoni started tailoring fine steel bicycle frames from his shop in Montreal, Canada, where he has been perfecting his craft for over 40 years, earning him cult status in the world of cycling. After years hunched over toxic fumes, Marinoni‘s passion for building bikes almost killed him. Upon doctor’s orders, Marinoni has gotten back into peak physical shape, now averaging 250 miles a week on his bike. At age 75, once again feeling his competitive spirit, he attempts to beat the world hour record for his age group, all on a bike he built with his own hands almost 40 years ago. MARINONI: The Fire in the Frame, a new film by Canadian filmmaker Tony Girardin was a Top 10 favorite at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, and has been touring non-stop as part of an ongoing, record-breaking run for a Canadian documentary. Director Girardin joins us to talk about gaining the confidence and trust of Giuseppe and his family for this entertaining and heart-warming film.
“Terrific doc.” – NOW TORONTO
“Incredibly entertaining.” – TORONTO FILM SCENE
“Deeply moving.” – TORONTO STAR
“A true crowd pleaser.” – POV MAGAZINE
“A fascinating portrait of a man who has a passion not just for cycling, but for life.” – CANADIAN CYCLIST