Private Project


Hello everyone, my name is Marco Rimondi and I am a professional freelance video maker. I come from a small town in the province of Savona called Carcare, situated approximately 3 km from Luciano Berruti’s house, the character on which I decided to shoot my first real documentary. I met Luciano because a mutual friend asked me to make a small promotional video for the Bicycle Museum in Cosseria. That day Luciano and his stories fascinated me. I immediately realised that that little man and his funny moustache had conquered me. During the interview that I should have done for his little promo video I suddenly told him something like: “Excuse me, Luciano, but I’ve just decided to make a documentary about you, let’s put away everything now! I have to think about how to do it!” My decision surprised Luciano, but he was very happy and he gave me all the support and helpfulness that he could. Then, my project began...
Luciano Berruti was born in 1943 in Cosseria from a humble family of workers. He was a restless and a dynamic child. Very soon he developed a passion for cycling and he practiced it up to young category when, because of some accidents, he decided to abandon the sport. The 20-year-old Luciano was definitely a very curious person and eager to do new experiences, so he decided to leave for a trip around Europe on his motorcycle. Curiosity led him towards the Eastern countries in the early '60s and it was during one of these trips that Luciano met a young woman, who then became his wife, with whom he will later form a beautiful family. Anyway, the passion for cycling was still inherent in him and it reappeared several years later, when he was about forty years old and he got back in the saddle. Road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross: countless Italian titles and three coloured T-shirts are indisputable evidence of his sporting qualities. The search for new challenges in 1996 pushed him closer to classic cycling. He joined in "L'Eroica" of Gaiole in Chianti and since that moment, a passionate path began: his passion, his continuous researches on the history of bicycle and the meticulousness with which he devoted himself to the subject quickly made him one of the reference points for cycling in Italy and Europe. Luciano grew up on a bike; he always used it to go to work and to move himself: this made him a great cyclist. That bike, which has always been his passion, made him a collector, pushing him to the collection of memorabilia ranging from the velocipede to the modern bike, precious and rare pieces related to the world of two wheels. His exhibits are the crew jewels of worldly and sporting events in Italy. The Bicycle Museum in Cosseria, inaugurate in 2010, is the result of this magnificent work of research. Here you can admire means of transport ranging from the late nineteenth century as the velocipede, to today’s bikes, team and champions T-shirts, photographs, posters and objects of various kinds which, combined with great passion and experience of Luciano, will ride you back in time.
He is also a husband, a father and a grandfather. I had the pleasure of knowing him and he immediately gave me the impression of having an unusual energy, an amazing experience of life and an exceptional culture, a little man with a blinding light in his eyes and a funny vintage moustache. Luciano has become the image of “L’Eroica” and he travelled the world in order to represent it, riding on his bike.
Unfortunately Luciano has recently passed away, but thanks to this film we hope to make Luciano known to people who have not had the luck to meet him in person.
This is a documentary film lasting 26 minutes with the purpose of telling the story of a man and let people know much more about him. The documentary is structured on the story recounted by Luciano and some people who know him very well, including childhood friends and family members. During the filming, we realised that, maybe because of his simplicity, Luciano has a way of narrating which fascinates who listens to him, so we tried to take advantage of this fact leaving much space to his words. Moreover, the suggestive images filmed in action and the activities that Luciano daily conducts in his workshop and in the museum were fundamental.
Recounting Luciano means, among other things, talking about good principles. From his stories and testimonies of people who are closest to him, it is clear how he lives according to these principles and how he observes them. Gian Carlo Brocci, creator of “L’Eroica”, describes him as “an example of rare humanity”; he is a character with an awesome cycling culture. He is thus defined as one of the greatest connoisseurs throughout Europe, both from a technical point of view and a sporting one.

  • Marco Rimondi
  • Luciano Berruti
    Key Cast
  • Jacek Berruti
    Key Cast
  • Leszek Berruti
    Key Cast
  • Giancarlo Brocci
    Key Cast
  • Romano David
    Key Cast
  • Matteo Bonino
    Key Cast
  • Maria Suffia
    Key Cast
  • Patrick Joret
    Key Cast
  • Simone Di Pietro
    Color Grading
  • Domenico De Fazio
    Sound Design
  • Matteo Passerini
    Video Editing
  • Alessandro Bernard
    Video Editing
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student, Television
  • Genres:
    Sport, Valour, Cyclism
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 EUR
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  • Student Project:
  • Sport Movies & TV 2018 - 36th MILANO INTERNATIONAL FICTS FEST”
  • Bicycle Film Festival
    New York
Distribution Information
  • RSI
    Country: Switzerland
    Rights: Free TV
Director - Marco Rimondi