el Documental del mes September 2018


Marta Prus

2017 74 min.

V.O. russian with english subtitles
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Technical specs

    • Direction and script: Marta Prus
    • Production: Maciej Kubicki, Anna Kępińska
    • Edition: Maciej Pawlinski
    • Photography: Adam Sebastian Suzin
    • Sound: Maciej Pawłowski
    • Suitable for all audiences



Over the Limit shows how the successful Russian system for training athletes transgresses boundaries. Elite rhythmic gymnast Rita Mamun has reached a crucial moment in her career. She’s soon to retire, but has one final goal set out for her: winning Olympic gold. A nail-biting behind-the-scenes drama about the intense physical and mental labor put into a sport that thrives on its beautiful aesthetics.

“You’re not a human being, you’re an athlete,” 20-year-old Rita is told by one of her two merciless coaches. She’s preparing to represent Russia in rhythmic gymnastics at the Olympics in Brazil. The training is harsh, particularly in mental terms. However gracefully Rita catches rings or rolls a ball across her shoulders, her coaches expect more from her, time and again. Warmth and solace come in her scant free time, when she talks with her boyfriend on Skype or hangs out with her parents. Over the Limit shows how the Russian system for training athletes transgresses boundaries. The film focuses on Rita’s state of mind—she seems to be perpetually on the verge of tears. The subtle editing and effective sound design allow us to feel her despair and pain, as well as the intense pressure she’s living under. Fortunately, the end comes as a relief.

About direction (Marta Prus)

Graduated from a course of Documentary Film Making at Andrzej Wajda's Master School and Contemporary Dance Course in The Mazovia Region Centre of Culture and Arts. In childhood she was a member of Polish Team of Rhythmic Gymnastics for 7 years. Later she was a dancer in Hanna's Kamińska Dance Studio founded in The National Ballet School in Warsaw..

Awards & Festivals

  • Best New Director Award, ZagrebDox - Croatia, 2017
  • Honorable Mention at CinéDoc Tbilisi - Georgia, 2018
  • Official Selection, One World Film Fest - Czech Republic, 2017
  • Official Section, IDFA - The Netherlands, 2017
  • Official Selection, Festival Ambulante - Mexico, 2017
  • Official Selection, Visions du Reel - Switzerland, 2017
  • Official Section DocsBarcelona - Spain, 2018