28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limits
director: Petr Záruba, Jan Šimánek
original title: Adam Ondra: Posunout hranice
running time: 77 min.
synopsisAdam Ondra ranks among the best sport climbers in the world, demonstrating breathtaking hand-feet coordination whilst scaling natural rocks and artificial walls. Shot over the course of three years, this documentary follows Adam Ondra as he gets ready for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. The multi world champion spends most of his days training and has neither the time nor the disposition to stop for long conversations. Instead, his ripped muscles and girlfriend Iva do all the talking for him. While Adam climbs up to soaring heights, wins races, and faces increasing pressure from the media and his sponsors, Iva has sacrificed her own climbing career to keep him off the ground. This film of intimate human intricacies and spectacular natural formations explores the limits of physical prowess and partner proximity.
“Only by involving Iva in Adam's story were we able to give the film deeper meaning and more substance beyond just sports and view Adam from a different angle through the eyes of his closest companion.” (Petr Záruba)
Jan Šimánek studied photography at FAMU. Aside from photographing and filming mountain climbers and highliners, he himself is also an experienced climber. His sports films have won him numerous awards both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Petr Záruba graduated from the Faculty of Science at Charles University and the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. His feature debut, Jan Jedlička: Traces of a Landscape, was premiered at the Visions du Réel Festival.
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|Petr Záruba, Jan Šimánek
|Sebastiano Luca Insinga