Section: Youth Film U18 Competition


Breaking the Limits

Łukasz Palkowski
Poland, 2017, 103 Min

From drug addict to Ironman, the life and times of Jerzy Górski. This enthralling biopic, featuring an all-star Polish cast, tells the story of Górski’s battle with addiction, the arduous training sessions and furthermore sheds light on a number of hitherto little-known aspects of life in socialist Poland during the seventies and eighties.


Iron Films

The city of Legnica, Poland, in 1978: together with his girlfriend young Jerzy raids local pharmacies and consumes drugs in the company of his fellow junkies. Shocked into action as his friends gradually succumb to drug overdose, Jerzy resolves to turn his life around. Once in a rehabilitation clinic, the former youth athlete realises that he can overcome his inner demons with the help of sport. To this ends he chooses one of the toughest sports out there: triathlon.

Director Łukasz Palkowski, who came to international fame thanks to his 2014 medical drama BOGOWIE/GODS, tells here a compelling true story full of historical insight and local authenticity. Set to a soundtrack of seventies classics from bands such as Deep Purple, Steppenwolf and Queen Palkowski forgoes a Hollywood ending in favour of an engaging portrait of a misfit who defeats his inner demons. KT

DCP | Farbe / colour
Agatha Dominik, Maciej Karpiński
Piotr Sobociński Jr
Tomasz Dukszta
Jarosław Barzan
Marek Warszewski
Bartosz Chajdecki
Jakub Gierszał, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Janusz Gajos, Artur Żmijewski, Magdalena Cielecka, Kamila Kamińska, Anna Próchniak, Adam Woronowicz, Szymon Piotr Warszawski
Krzysztof Szpetmański
Iron Films
Polsat, Lutetia, Cavatina Studio, Odra Film,
Iron Films
Krzysztof Szpetmański
Zdrojowa 42
02927 Warsaw
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Łukasz Palkowski

Łukasz Palkowski - born in 1976 in Warsaw, Poland. He directed feature films and numerous TV series. His feature film BOGOWIE was No.1 at the Polish box-office in 2014 and won many prices at international film festivals. Moreover he did the CGI for several feature films.

ZŁOTOPOLSCY (1997-2010, TV series)
NASZA ULICA (2004, short)
BOGOWIE (2014)

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