Poland / Germany / Finland 2017, 71 min, Russian, Hebrew & English subtitles
On the rare occasions when Margarita Mamun—the star of Russia’s rhythmic gymnastics team in the 2016 Rio Olympics—breaks down, her coach reminds her: “you’re not a human being, Rita, you’re an athlete”. Mamun holds on to these words when faced with the long days of endless training and the barrage of insults and humiliation her two coaches make her endure. Each coach rattles her resolve in her own way, fluctuating between displays of love and hostility. Between the spectacular gymnastic performances, the film exposes the harshness of Russian training methods—meant to produce super-gymnasts—and shows the mental muscle a young woman like Mamun has to build to make it through the most important year of her career, as she fights for one last chance to win a medal.
Previous Festivals:IDFA, Polish Docs, Göteborg film festival, Trieste Film Festival
- Thu 17.05 11:15 Cinemateque 1
- Sun 20.05 14:30 Cinemateque 1 Filmmaker Present
A screening for Digitel card holdersMon 21.05 20:00 Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa rooftop Filmmaker Present Free Entrance
A screening for Digitel card holdersMon 21.05 21:30 Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa rooftop Filmmaker Present Free Entrance
- Sat 26.05 12:00 Cinemateque 1
Production: Maciej Kubicki, Anna Kępińska
Production Company: Telemark
Editing: Maciej Pawlowski
Cinematography: Adam Sebastian Suzin
Soundtrack: Maciej Pawłowski
Marta Prus directs documentary and feature films. Her documentaries, Vakha and Magomed and Eighteenth Birthday, won awards at international festivals. She was awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding achievements in arts and culture, and received the Wiesław Nowicki Prize for the most promising young filmmaker.