At the Lausitzring on the 15th September 2001 during a Champ Car race, Alex Zanardi was involved in a horrific, life threatening accident in which he lost both his legs. Whilst medical staff worked to save his life, his heart stopped seven times. To medical experts his survival is seen as nothing short of a miracle. As a motorsport fan there are maybe a handful drivers for whom you feel a vested interest, maybe because you followed their early career, you happened to meet them, or something about their personality impacts you. Alex Zanardi is one of the first drivers I felt that way about and as I watched the accident live that day, I was sure I had just witnessed the death of a hero.
I could not have been more wrong.
Alex Zanardi’s career following his accident has been extraordinary, once again finding success behind the wheel and what’s more, becoming an Olympic Gold medal winning athlete! The documentary No Limits delves into what drives a man such as Alex Zanardi to achieve so much, and offers unprecedented access to all areas of his life.
No Limits follows Alex Zanardi, with Bruno Spengler, and Timo Glock as they prepare to compete in the 2015 Spa 24hrs with BMW Motorsport and the ROAL team. Simultaneously, Alex Zanardi is preparing to defend his World Championship title at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Switzerland.
Shot entirely in 4k, the look and feel of the film is sublime. The level of visual detail is outstanding. Shots captured of steam literally rolling off Zanardi’s body as he exits the car at the end of a night-time stint offer a perspective into the human challenge of endurance racing, previously unseen for many. I recommend that anyone seeing this film does so on the largest screen possible to get a true feel for the quality of the cinematography.
This trailer for the film gives you just a hint of what you can expect from the feature:
During scenes filmed whilst training at home, Alex Zanardi talks frankly about his life, his accident, and the choices he has made. His relentless and limitless mentality is humbling. Alex Zanardi is by no means someone people should feel pity for, rather someone who can inspire us.
In developing a film around a subject matter in which the outcome is not yet known, it is the role of the director to find and capture the story. In No Limits, Tim & Nick Hahne depict the raw emotion involved in bringing a team together to compete in the challenge of endurance racing. The modern motor racing driver is often criticized for lacking personality; this film serves to dismiss that perception as we see a group of drivers come together to work together, pushing each other forward and enjoying themselves along the journey.
As a Motor Racing fan I can not recommend this film highly enough. If like me you have a partner who for whatever reason just doesn’t understand why you are so passionate about a bunch of cars driving round in circles, get them to sit down with you for 60 minutes and watch this film. I believe their appreciation for the sport will be changed, and your Sunday afternoons on the sofa might become that little bit easier to negotiate!
“Limits exist only in our head” – Alex Zanardi. An inspiration to us all.
No Limits is available to download worldwide from February 1st. Follow this link to see more details.