Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limit

Documentary follows four years in the life of Adam Ondra, one of the best rock climbers in the world, as he prepares for and competes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Adam Ondra: Posunout hranice
Czechia, Italy 2022
  • English
  • Czech
82 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Adam Ondra is one of the best climbers today and a true virtuoso, who has tackled the world’s most difficult rocks and walls. A shy introvert-turned-famous-sports-icon, his desire to climb has changed into the obligation to win. As Adam prepares for sport climbing’s debut at the Olympics in Tokyo, we observe the influence of commercial pressure, mass media and the audience longing for a spectacle on both his personal life and the sport itself. In contrast with the loneliness that accompanies Adam during his everyday training and with the nature that surrounds him when he climbs on the rocks, he now finds himself at the biggest sport event in the world. Here, at the Olympics, the slogan “participation is more important than winning” has long been replaced by “the winner takes it all”. The many people who are part of Adam’s personal and professional world help him on his journey. But most importantly, there is his partner Iva, who is his biggest support. Herself a professional climber, she had to sacrifice a lot for Adam’s success, though. What is it like for her to live with a celebrity?

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Director: Jan Šimánek, Petr Záruba
Screenplay: Jan Šimánek, Petr Záruba
Cinematography: Jan Šimánek
Music: Nicola Segatta
Sound: Philippe Gozlan
Editing: Josef Krajbich
Producer: Alice Tabery
Co-production: Luca Sebastiano Insinga
Cast: Adam Ondra
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.