There is no film at the World Film Festival more unexpected or more satisfying than Atletu (The Athlete).  Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew's debut collaboration is a visually ravishing, revelatory mixed-medium narrative of the great Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila....  A global indie film that could have been made by David Lean - it's that quietly epic in scope and ambition. 

                                                                                                    - Montreal Gazette

The Athlete switches between incredible archival footage of the real Abebe Bikila in action with dramatic and gorgeously shot scenes starring Ethiopian Rasselas Lakew. It deserves a permanent place in the runner’s movie pantheon.     

                                                                                                    - Time Out Chicago

The Athlete has created a new approach to biopics that finds a way to weave flashbacks into present time... and produce visual metaphors that are subtle and powerful.  The landscapes of Ethiopia and Norway are breathtaking and woven into the story, the archival footage well chosen, and the use of music (I'm buying the soundtrack if I can) superb. If I were running on October 11[The Chicago Marathon], I'd want to watch this on October 10 to learn about the heart of a champion.

                                                                                                    - Ferdy on Films

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