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Thanks to the Crowdfunding campaign you can find on ‘Produzioni dal Basso’ we’ll be able to support the development of a real documentary coming out soon, in September 2020, about the story of Walter Belli.
This documentary will be then distributed in festivals, on streaming channels in Italy and abroad, and much more. The proceeds will go to the non-profit organization Forza Walter.
If you too want to see Perfect Speed, support the cause! It takes as little as the cost of a movie ticket, a pizza or a drink!
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Forza Walter is an Onlus association, born from the efforts of the citiziens of Bardi (PR), Walter's village.
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The perfect Speed
The trail is unforgiving, and Walter Belli knows something about it. His specialty is Downhill, the Formula 1 of mountain biking. Every time he rips down a trail, he knows he’ll have to tackle rocks, roots, bumps, at his maximum velocity.
It’s just a few minutes, but you risk it all. At all times. ‘Cause a fall can shatter months of training, lifelong dreams. ‘Cause an injury does not only wound your body. And often, the hardest challenge is finding the strength to get back on track.
2014. Walter is at the top. With his bike he entered the Guinness World Records, he performed in front of the Pope. With the team of 360 Degrees, that he founded and runs, he raced the Downhill World Championships in Val di Sole - the toughest and most dangerous in the world. But it is when you have everything that you have everything to lose. A sudden illness, the fall. Darkness. When Walter opens his eyes, he finds himself in a hospital bed. He has just come out of a two-week-long, drug-induced coma. He crushed his vertebra in the accident. From now on he will never be able to ride his bicycle anymore, he will not even be able to breathe without the help of a machine. Walter’s world is turned upside down. After having chased speed his entire life, he finds himself stuck in a wheelchair. The life of a quadriplegic is often a locked-up life, an invisible life. Going out is an endless fight against architectural barriers, transportation costs, people’s indifference. They depend on other people’s help at home too, even for eating or using the bathroom. He is used to fight, to get back in the saddle after each fall. But this time, even Walter feels tempted to give up.
“The Perfect Speed” is the story of a rebirth. Thanks to his team, his family and friends, he finds the strength to start over again. Walter himself will tell us about his new life and his plans for the future. We will also hear from his family, the doctors who are treating him, his teammate - the Italian downhill multi-champion Alan Beggin - his childhood friends and the famous ones like Tony Cairoli and Vittorio Brumotti. Walter doesn’t want to become invisible. Against the advice of the doctors, he buys an off-road wheelchair so he can go back to the mountain trails and watch downhill races. When he goes to the park, kids stare in awe at his 4x4 wheelchair. They mistake him for Iron Man, and Walter doesn’t lie when he tells them he can fly. He undergoes a delicate surgery, six only of that kind in Italy in the last twenty years, to be able to breathe by himself again. In his future, there’s the idea of a customized tracked wheelchair. Because Walter’s dream is to get back racing.