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12-18 years old

The Crash Reel

By : Lucy Walker

With : Kevin Pearce, Shaun White, Mason Aguirre, Jake Burton, Danny Davis, Scotty Lago, Jack Mitrani, Luke Mitrani

Country/Year : USA, 2013

Duration : 108'

Language/Age : English & English with French subt. (English with German subtitles for the school screening) / 14+

Genre : Documentary

Screenings :

Monday 03 March 2014, 21h00

Wednesday 05 March 2014, 09h00

Friday 07 March 2014, 18h30

Venues :

Utopia (public)

Cinémathèque (schools)

Cinémathèque (public)

Synopsis :

Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, pushing one another to ever more dangerous tricks, until Kevin crashes during training, barely surviving. As Kevin recovers from his injury, Shaun wins Gold. Now all Kevin wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear this could kill him…

Will Kevin defy them and insist on pursuing his passion?  With his now impaired skills, what other options does he have?

In “The Crash Reel”, the twice Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker follows snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s arduous recovery and his struggle to regain his life. The film sheds light on the alarming trend of athletes pushing the boundaries of their sports past the limit. How much risk is too much? Her thoughtful and probing treatment of her subject enables us to share one family’s remarkable journey.

Director :

English filmmaker and director Lucy Walker began her career by directing theatre and musical theater in high school and later on as an undergraduate in Oxford. After graduating from New College, Oxford with a Bachelor in Language and Literature, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the graduate film program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Walker become one of the finest documentary directors, mostly thanks to movies such as "Devil’s Playground", "Blindsight" and "Countdown to Zero". She has twice been nominated for an Academy Award: firstly for “Waste Land” and a year later for “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”.

Filmographie :

  • The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, 2011
  • Waste Land, 2010
  • Countdown To Zero, 2010
  • Blindsight, 2006
  • Devil's Playground, 2002

Infos :


  • Audience Award, SXSW Film Festival, 2013
  • Documentary Audience Award, Dallas International Film Festival, 2013
  • Student Award, Mountainfilm at Telluride, 2013
  • Special Jury Award, Seattle International Film Festival, 2013
  • 2013 Rogue Award, Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2013
  • Hot Docs 2013 Netflix Audience Award Top 10, Hot Docs Film Festival, 2013
  • Festival Audience Award, Berskhire Film Festival, 2013


  • Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2013
  • Official Selection, Berlin Film Festival 2013
  • Official Selection, Munich Dok.fest 2013
  • Official Selection, Sydney Film Festival 2013
  • Official Selection, San Sebastian Film Festival 2013
  • Official Selection, IDFA 2013
  • Official Selection, CPH:DOX 2013
  • Official Selection, Stockholm Film Festival 2013

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Critics :

“By turns pulse-quickening and contemplative, thoroughly winning [...] director Lucy Walker (“Waste Land”) pulls off a spectacular feat of her own.”
Rob Nelson, Variety, February 2013
“Thrilling and compelling [...] required viewing.”
Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, January 2013
“Enthralling, exciting [...] Twice Oscar-nominated Lucy Walker is in her element with this enthralling story [...] an intelligent, exciting and compassionate film.”
Mark Adams, Screen Daily, February 2013
“ 'The Crash Reel' goes flying past all the clichés and treacle-soaked heroics embedded in this theme to a wondrously hard-edged life all its own.”
Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal, July 2013

" 'The Crash Reel' is a joyous tribute to the fragility of life that will break you down and leave you a better person.”
Bill Graham,The Film Stage, April 2013

“This film is unbelievably moving [...] MUST-SEE.”
Henry Barnes, The Huffington Post, October 2013

" 'The Crash Reel' – a montage of falls by snowboarders – is turned painfully on its head in Lucy Walker's documentary about the long drop from athletic excellence to frail humanity."
Henry Barnes, The Guardian, October 2013

“Like all great documentary films, though, most of all “The Crash Reel” depends on the magnetic charisma of its central figure to bind all those elements together.”
Benji Wilson, Telegraph, November 2013


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