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Breaking the Limits

aka The Fastest (Najlepszy)
Poland 2017. Dir: Łukasz Palkowski. 108 min. Blu-ray Disc

A longtime heroin addict turns his life around and becomes a world-champion triathlete in director Łukasz Palkowski’s inspiring drama, based on the remarkable true story of Polish Ironman Jerzy Górski. Jakub Gierszał, in the lead role, is Górski, who spent 13 desperate years, including time in jail, as an addict and petty criminal in socialist Poland. Promising Polish newcomer Anna Próchniak plays Górski’s girlfriend and fellow addict Grażyna, the daughter of a Communist Party official. The film is set to soundtrack of 1970s classic rock. Palkowski’s previous feature was the domestic hit Gods, a biopic about a pioneering Polish heart surgeon, which screened in our 2015 EUFF. In Polish with English subtitles.