The first clip from Alex Gibney’s “The Armstrong Lie,” a chronicle of cyclist Lance Armstrong as he prepared for his eighth Tour de France victory in 2009, has landed. In the clip below, Armstrong talks about a cathartic interview he had with Oprah just three hours before.
Oscar winner Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side,” ” We Steal Secrets”) began the film as a profile of Armstrong as an athlete, a goal that changed dramatically when the cyclist publicly admitted to using performance enhancing drugs. Half of “The Armstrong Lie” is set in 2009 while the rest is about lessons learned in 2013.
The film premiered at Venice to solid reviews — THR called it “absorbing” but never quite “revelatory” — and will play TIFF on Sunday, September 8. (Read a past TOH! interview with Gibney on his “WikiLeaks” film here.)