"Jurek" with the Grand Prize at Ulju Mountain Film Festival International

The jury recognized the depth and complexity of the character of one of the greatest mountain climbers of all times. A great number of archive materials together with interesting interviews and meticulous editing make the film...

“Jurek” shows a man getting to the top - literally and metaphorically. Kukuczka was a socialist worker turned international celebrity. He was 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 golden age of Polish climbing, when idealism was valued more than fame.