Eva Küpper’s documentary Dark Rider is among the 18 feature projects presented at the Work in Progress selection at this year’s Les Arcs Film Festival (14-21 December 2019). Also selected for Les Arcs is Tim Mielants’ feature debut Patrick, while young director Anthony Nti is invited for the fest’s Talent Village.

In Dark Rider, Eva Küpper features Australian Ben Felten (51) who, as a teenager, was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease that left him fully blind by his mid-30s. Despite years of hardship and the enormous risks, Ben is determined to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a professional motorcycle racer. Together with former grand prix champion Kevin Magee, he sets out to break the world land speed record and become the fastest blind motorbike rider in the world. Producers are Ellen De Waele and Elisa Heene for Serendipity Films. Editing supervisor is Nico Leunen (Beautiful Boy, Home, Lost River).

The Talent Village was created on the occasion of Les Arcs’ 10th anniversary. It is aimed at encouraging the rise of a new generation of daring and ambitious directors, as well as accompanying them on the journey towards their first feature. Participating in this year’s Talent Village is Anthony Nti (Kwaku, Only Us, BOI). Talents Ambassador this year is French actress Isabelle Huppert.