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  • Description
  • Cast and crew
  • Duration: 80'
  • Resolution: HD
  • Year: 2014

On October 24, 1989, Jerzy Kukuczka fell to his death while climbing Lhotse. It was the first time he went to the Himalayas with money, proper equipment and international fame. The mysterious death of the climber is not the focus of Paweł Wysoczański’s film though. Literally and metaphorically Jurek shows a man getting to the top. Kukuczka was a socialist worker, a poor climber with homemade equipment who rose to compete with Reinhold Messner in a rivalry to climb the highest Himalayan peaks. The film contains interviews with family and friends, archival recordings and TV shows, all of which make up for a portrait of Polish climbing community in the 1980s. It also depicts the difficult, yet, stimulating environment in Poland during the golden age of Polish climbing, when idealism was valued more than fame. 

  • Awards:
  • 2015 International Mountain and Adventure Film Festival “Hory a Mesto” – Bratislava – V4 Award
  • 2015 Internationales BergFilm Festival – Tegernsee – Special Jury Distinction
  • 2015 International Mountain Film Festival – Autrans – The Jury of the Mountain Guides Association Award
  • 2015 Mountain Film Festival – Poprad – Grand Prix
  • 2015 Bansko Mountain Film Festival – The Award for the Film about Mountains
  • 2015 Mendi Film Festival – Bilbao – Best Mountain Film Award
  • 2015 International Mountain Film Festival – Kathmandu – 2nd Place
  • 2015 Copenhagen Danish Adventure Film Festival – Special Jury Award
  • 2016 Domzale International Mountain Film Festival – Town of Domzale Main Award
  • 2016 International Mountain Film Festival “Ushuaia SHH” – Distinction for a feature film
  • 2016 Ulju Mountain Film Festival – Ulsan – Grand Prix
  • 2016 Mountain Film Festival – Silver Edelweiss for the Best Mountain Film; Silver Edelweiss for the Best Script
  • 2016 Echo Mountain Film Festival – Skopje – Grand Prix
  • 2016 Kendal Mountain Festival – The Best Movie for Climbing Mountain
  • 2016 Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival – Best Film Award
  • 2017 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival – II Award


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