BREAKING THE LIMITS
NAJLEPSZY
2017, 108 min, Poland, Dir: Lukasz Palkowski

Previously known as THE FASTEST, this uplifting biopic about one man’s remarkable transformation tells the true story of Jerzy Gorski, former junkie turned athletic champion. After spending 13 years struggling with heroin addiction, Gorski underwent intense physical and mental rehabilitation to become Poland’s Double Ironman World Champion. Director Lukasz Palkowski spares none of the gritty details in this realistic yet inspiring account of Gorski’s journey. The film was a major blockbuster in its native Poland, as well as winning Best Production Design and Best Debut Actor (actress Kamila Kaminska) at the Polish Film Awards.


ERIN BROCKOVICH
2000, Universal, 131 min, USA, Dir: Steven Soderbergh

Oscar winner Julia Roberts is at her very best in the title role of this environmentally conscious biopic. Erin Brockovich was working as a clerk at a Southern California law firm when she discovered that residents of Hinkley, California, were being poisoned by chromium in their water supply. The subsequent class-action lawsuit spearheaded by the single mom against utility Pacific Gas & Electric resulted in a record-breaking settlement. Albert Finney co-stars as Brockovich’s boss, a seasoned attorney initially skeptical about the David vs. Goliath fight. “What's pretty original about the picture is that it focuses an investigative drama based on a true story around a comic performance.” - Amy Taubin, The Village Voice


OL’ MAX EVANS: THE FIRST 1,000 YEARS
2018, 79 min, USA, Dir: Lorene Mills, Paul Barnes, David Leach

Internationally renowned best-selling New Mexico author Max Evans (THE HI-LO COUNTRY, THE ROUNDERS) has also been a prospector, film producer, soldier, artist and calf-roping cowboy. This documentary about the 93-year-old Renaissance man is a fast-paced ride though changing times in which Max tells stories of movie studio executives, ranching, publishing houses, brawls with Hollywood friends such as director Sam Peckinpah, spiritual encounters with animals, tales of the American West and more. Episodes from Evans’ life are illuminated by interviews with friends, colleagues and Max himself, with acclaimed actors Peter Coyote and Sam Elliott lending their voices as narrator and reader, respectively.


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