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Going For Gold

OFFICIALSELECTION-SPORTFILMFESTIVALROTTERDAM-2021 (1)

DUTCH PREMIERE

7-10 December 2021 – Online (buy tickets here)

61′ | Polish dialogue | English subtitles

Director: Ksawery Szczepanik

The story of legendary Polish pole vaulter Władysław Kozakiewicz. At the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980, in front of millions of television viewers, he battles it out in a thrilling duel with one of the Soviet Union’s representatives. Kozakiewicz wins the gold and breaks the world record, but finally responds to the Soviet spectators in the stadium with the bras d’honneur, an unsporting and offensive gesture. This is interpreted as political provocation and his life changes overnight. He becomes a national hero, with millions of his compatriots taking his gesture as a symbol of opposition to Soviet domination. Back in Poland, he wins enormous popularity and influence. But when his form wavers, sports activists faithful to the communist regime come down on him like a ton of bricks. Will the man who loves pole vaulting above all else and thirsts for victory succeed in returning to the top?