Alliance Française presents: Enter the Slipstream [In-Person Only]

This event took place on May 14, 2023

$15 General Admission
$10 NWFF, Peace Peloton and/or Alliance Française Members

Ted Youngs
1h 28m
Series - Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist

** Director in attendance for post-screening Q&A! **


(Ted Youngs, US, 2023, 88 min, in English)

Jonathan “JV” Vaughters runs the United State’s oldest professional cycling team, an international organization of over 120 riders and staff that race across the globe. A former pro and teammate of Lance Armstong, JV founded the team as a repudiation of cycling’s rampant culture of doping. Over the course of a decade, he built a squad that competes at the highest level–drug free.

In 2020, after sweeping the top three spots at the season’s first major race, Tour Colombia, his team appears poised to capture cycling’s most coveted prize: a win at the 21- day odyssey of the Tour de France. JV’s top rider, Rigoberto “Rigo” Urán, a Colombian superstar, is returning to form after a catastrophic injury. He is accompanied by two acolytes and countrymen, Dani Martinez and Sergio Higuita, both of whom would sacrifice themselves to place Rigo on the podium. A pair of U.S. riders, TeJay van Garderen, a steely veteran and father of two young girls with nine tours under his belt, and Neilson Powless, a doe-eyed newcomer, complete the ensemble. Enter the Slipstream lives within the world of JV and this band of riders during a year of insecurity and potential, voyaging from Colombia to Spain and onto France, where they fight their way from the Cote-d’Azur through 3,000 kilometers of French countryside all the way to Paris. Through victories and heartbreaks, these young men ceaselessly pedal forward while JV maintains a brave face and hides the secret that could tear the team apart.

Along the journey, we discover why the Tour de France is not so much a race as a cultural institution. We learn about the sport’s fragile economics, made only more vulnerable by a coronavirus settling like dust across the planet. And we take inspiration from seeing how the seemingly solitary activity of riding a bike competitively is an act of teamwork in the purest form.

Synopsis and stills courtesy of Monument Releasing.

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Screens with Louis Malle's short film "Vive le Tour"

(Louis Malle, France, 1962, 18 min, in French with English subtitles)

In his short documentary Vive le Tour, Louis Malle presents his energetic evocation of the Tour de France. This, Humain, trop humain, and Place de la République, Louis Malle’s three French-set documentaries, reveal, in an eclectic array of ways, the director’s eternal fascination with, and respect for, the everyday lives of everyday people.

Image and synopsis courtesy of Janus Films.

** Co-presented with Alliance Française Seattle **

** Co-presented with Alliance Française Seattle **
AF Seattle members receive the NWFF member discount on tickets to this film: $10 each!


AFSeattle is a dynamic educational and cultural nonprofit organization which has been promoting the French language and Francophone cultures through diverse programs in the Puget Sound area since 1987. It is part of an international network of over 800 Alliances Françaises around the globe. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in the state of Washington, it operates in collaboration with many local, regional, and international partners in the cultural, artistic, and educational fields.

With over 700 members and over 1700 enrollments every year, we are one of the leading French language and culture centers in the PNW. Join our community!

Event partner: Peace Peloton

Event partner: Peace Peloton
Peace Peloton members receive the NWFF member discount on tickets to this film: $10 each!


Peace Peloton, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, connects consumers to businesses with Black owners, helping people, communities, and businesses thrive. Learn more at

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