SAN SEBASTIAN –Moto-buff Orlando Bloom has come on board to exec produce “The Greasy Hands Preachers,” a documentary feature set up at Paris-based Mercenary Prod and helmed by Clement Beauvais and Arthur de Kersauson about the deep joys of two-wheel moto riding.
As part of his EP role, Bloom will put his major star status behind “The Greasy Hands Preachers,” tub-thumping it at its world premiere this Friday at Spain’s San Sebastian Festival.
Blooms’s presence and passion for the film and its subject – in the directors’ words, the deep satisfaction of manual work, in this case on motorcycles, the sense of time, the relation between the form and the function, the joy of riding in a beautiful landscape and the community and friendship that motorcycle creates – looks set to turn “The Greasy Hands Preachers” into one of the highest-profile bows at San Sebastián.
Using the tag-line “Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul,” and Beauvais and De Kersauson’s debut feature after commercials and docu shorts, “Greasy Hands Preachers” was shot in 16mm in California, Utah, Indonesia, Spain, Scotland and France.
Film features motorbike enthusiasts – El Solitario, Shinya Kimura, Blitz, Deus ex Machina and Roland Sands – who have turned their back on the pressure to enter the white-collar sector –or stay in that world, whether commodity trading or Internet marketing – and have rebelled against the devaluation of manual work since the 60s’.
Bloom will roll up to the San Sebastian’s Kursaal escorted by the stars of the film on their bikes.
As the interviewees claim in “Greasy Hands Preachers,” their mechanical labor, here on bikes, has helped forge friendships, allowed some to earn a new living, and enjoy a better way of life.
De Kersauson also produces.