Over the Limit by Marta Prus
Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer will open at the October Cinema Center on April 13 with the Russian premiere of Over the Limit directed by Marta Prus and produced by Maciej Kubicki and Anna Kępińska for Telemark.
Over the Limit is an intimate portrait of the world’s most outstanding rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun, who has to face not only her competitors, but also her own limitations on her way to the Olympic laurels in Rio de Janeiro. The film is also a unique opportunity to look at rhythmic gymnastics from the inside, in the place which is the cradle of talents in this field. The film was very well received at the 30-th IDFA in Amsterdam and is more and more successful around the world.
"An almost perfect film. Plays with the classical dramaturgical rules in terms of characters and rythm – positive mood and development, crisis, winning, losing, crisis as a gymnast, crisis because of her father’s illness, music that fits, brilliant camerawork, it’s like an opera or a ballet, great pleasure to look at this film with its universal appeal: Trust yourself, find yourself, the tough and direct coach is right in much of what she is saying. Another masterly done Polish documentary!"
– Filmkommentaren – Tue Steen Muller, the Danish film expert, DOKer Jury member
Polish director Marta Prus is a former rhythmic gymnast herself. Graduated from the Direction Department at the Łódź Film School and a Documentary Programme at the Wajda School. Two of her documentaries, Vakha and Magomed and Eighteenth Birthday, won a number of awards at the world festivals. Together with Telemark, she made the series Teen Mom Poland and awarded on it’s premiere one hour lenght documentary Talk to Me. She was awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding achievements in arts and culture. Received the Wiesław Nowicki Prize for the most promising young filmmaker.
Telemark has previously presented The Gift by Przemysław Kamiński in the DOKer Main Competition 2017.
On April 12 the educational and industry program of the festival will be opened in cooperation with the Moscow School of New Cinema. Together with Over the Limit 14 films are competing for the awards in this year’s Main Competition. The winners will be announced on April 17.