Well here’s a surprise for ya. In the midst of the pandemic, Monster was able to fly over the enigmatic Rich Forne to meet up with a stranded Max and Igor Bespaliy to the spot utopia known as Barcelona, Spain. The twins and Rich have combined for four minutes of visual and riding delight.

Check below with an interview with Rich about the project…

Why Barcelona?
I would say fate and practicality. I don’t think anyone could have predicted a human error in central China would create a global pandemic with 46 million infected and 1.2 million deaths to date with Spain being one of the highest infected countries. A crushed economy didn’t exactly inspire companies to create bmx projects.

We were all in the right place at the right time so we will leave it to probability. Max and Igor were living in BCN through the first lock down and I was living amongst the Balearic Islands, crossing borders was not and option and it was impossible for the twins to fly back to the Ukraine.

Were there any obstacles in making the production come together?
Aside from the social distancing rules, virus propaganda billboarded over every inch of the city, blistering August sun and extremely hungry morally handicapped police it was plain sailing.

After spending an indefinite period of time in lock down on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea it’s safe to say it had an effect on my mental stability and orientation. All projects had been cancelled and I was unable to fly back to the states to complete filming for Dennis’s ‘Right Here’ part. No one had the motivation and energy to contend with the complications and risks of flying.

I was at the beach and I got a call from Pasha ( Monster, Moscow ) full of energy and optimism, he had an idea to try and create a positive message during a very negative post lockdown mentality. I was slightly shocked because all other projects had been cancelled due to complications with flight restrictions and different regional quarantines so to hear someone so motivated to make a project happen during this unpredictable situation definitely inspired some hope.

There were still many districts in BCN and the Islands under lock down so like every other project I just expected to receive an email saying the trip was postponed or cancelled due to Covid. To my disbelief I opened an email and attached was a flight to Barcelona for the 30th of July. I decided to stay in BCN for one month so that we had more time to film. Being with the twins and BCN locals in a different environment helped me shake off the post quarantine vibes and feel human again.

What is your creative inspiration going into filming your latest project UTOPIA?
It is rare I have inspiration or direction going into a project although I had Pasha’s Utopian vision in mind so I tried to pursue that. Just get out in the streets and see what happens, it’s really your only option as each day is so unpredictable especially with the Guàrdia Urbana breathing down your neck every 5 minutes. After living and breathing BCN for four weeks and witnessing the aftermath of lock down it’s safe to say UTOPIA’S original positive message is distorted, it’s more of a reality check.

How is working with the two brothers again and was it smooth sailing between them?
It is always a pleasure to spend time and film with Max and Igor. They are so mellow and reserved even after a three day battle with a trick they still seem composed and have a zen like calmness. Their English has also improved since my trip to Moscow two years ago so it was a little simpler with communication but I think we understand each other. They use cryptophasia to communicate with each other so it’s sometimes hard to know what is going on. I have never seen them angry at each other even after Max watched Igor trying a trick for 13 hours over 3 days. They have an incredible sense of patience and composure whilst trying to film.


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