Tonkov main actor in Tour movie

Pavel Tonkov on the Giro podium in 2004

Pavel Tonkov on the Giro podium in 2004 (Image credit: Sirotti)

By Hedwig Kröner

Film director Pablo Sereno-De La Viña has an ambitious project for 2008: make a movie about the Tour de France with former pro and 1996 Giro d'Italia winner Pavel Tonkov playing the main part. According to velo101, the feature film will be entitled July act III, and is scheduled to be shot over an eight-week period, starting on August 1, 2008, in various locations throughout France, but also in Spain.

Nevertheless, the project still lacks financing. The directors hope to raise the estimated budget of €660,000 by selling the movie on DVD prior to the shoot, and will send out letters to cycling clubs in France and Spain advertising the film. The DVD will cost €12 and feature three hours of material including bonus scenes. It will be available in November 2008 if everything goes as planned.

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