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“Jurek”, the film by Paweł Wysoczański (PL, English subtitles)


A documentary film directed by Paweł Wysoczański is the first from many years film presenting Jerzy Kukuczka as a real, flesh and blood persons. The man who climbs up – not only literally, but also metaphorically and symbolically, from a socialist worker to an international media star. Jurek started his climbing career with no money and equipment and at the end he was the rightful king of the Himalayas.



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This film is also the image of the golden age of Polish Himalayan mountaineering – hard and colourful at the same time, when idealism was valued more than fame. The film contains interviews with family and friends, archival materials, photographs, recordings, excerpts from TV programmes and interviews make up the portrait of the whole Himalayan mountaineers in 1980s.

Jurek” is a “dense, intensive film”. It is not meant as flattery or a monument but it is a film about a real man.

Ryszard Jaźwiński, Polish Radio, Program III

 

Awards and Prizes:

International Mountain Film Festival in Teplice and Metuji (2015) – Grand Prix

International Mountain Film Festival in Vancouver (2015) – Grand Prix

International Mountain and Adverture Film Festival “Hory a Mesto” in Bratislava (2015) – V4 Award

Meetings with Mountain Film, Zakopane, Poland (2015) – Grand Prix

Andrzej Zawada’s Mountain Film Review, Lądek – Zdrój, Poland (2015) – the Best Polish Film Award

Andrzej Zawada’s Mountain Film Review, Lądek – Zdrój, Poland (2015) – the Audience Prize

 

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEjow7TWgiI&list=PLbUXbQ2ag-5Dy6xUzOQHEFAY072zsMHay

 

Products specifications
Type of publication Film
Publishing house Fundacja Wielki Człowiek
Year of publication 2014
Duration time 73 min.
Directed by Paweł Wysoczański
Script Paweł Wysoczański
Camerawork Jacek Kędzierski
Music Michał Lorenc
Production Paweł Wysoczański
Produced in Polska
Format 16:9
Language Polski
Subtitles Polskie, Angielskie
Soundtrack Katarzyna Dzida-Hamela
Montage Adrian Słoniec, Grzegorz Mazur
Kierownik produkcji Dominika Mandla
Scenografia Magdalena Herzyk-Piechota
Kostiumy Żaneta Stefańska, Emilia Czartoryska
Oświetlenie Bartosz Gburek
Animacja zdjęć 3D i korekcja kolorów Aleksander Dembowski
Montaż on-line Robert Sojka
Dokumentacja Piotr Wacławik
Współpraca montażowa Magdalena Chowańska
Współpraca operatorska Mateusz Solecki, Krzysztof Werner
Współpraca produkcyjna Magdalena Tomanek
O Jerzym Kukuczce jerzy-kukuczka
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