74' 2017 Poland, Germany, Finland director: Marta Prus cinematography: Adam Sebastian Suzin editing: Maciej Pawliński production: Telemark
The price of athletic success in modern Russia.
Although the world of sport in Russia is inseparably connected with politics, propaganda, big money and glitz, Marta Prus avoids sensational topics and references in her film. Instead, she focuses on the brutality and intimacy of the daily training regimen and masterfully creates a portrait of rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun's relationship with her trainers during preparations for the Olympic Games in Brazil. For Irina Viner and Amina Zaripova, their protégé is, at least seemingly, "not a human being, but an athlete," "a dog that needs to be trained" so that the Russian anthem can be heard in Rio de Janeiro.