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Synopsis

Every year, runners from all over the world participate in the Spartathlon, one of the most prestigious running competitions on the planet. The goal is to overcome the historic distance of 246 kilometres between Athens and Sparta within 36 hours. According to Herodotus, in 490 BC the messenger Pheidippides ran this exact route so as to request help for the Athenians battling the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. Unfortunately, he finished his one-and-a-half-day run in vain. The Hungarian filmmaker Balázs Simonyi, who completed the Spartathlon four times himself, focuses on some of the competitors of this remarkable task. None of the participants knows if they will ever actually manage to run the whole distance, but for them the most important thing is trying and maybe – if only by chance – making the impossible possible. Instead of top athletes, the film shows “average” sportsmen who want to explore their limits, heal their souls and expel their demons. Ultra is a moving drama about runners and their cathartic self-discovery, voluntary suffering and the endorphin-soaked trance they sometimes fall into – peppered with a sprinkle of humour. A unique insight into a fast-paced world.

Guests

Balázs Simonyi

Balázs Simonyi

Director and Writer Ultra
In Vienna: April 13

Béla Szabó

Béla Szabó

Protagonist (Spartathlon runner) Ultra
In Vienna: April 20-23

Moderator

Anne Petersen

Anne Petersen

Moderator Film Programme

Ultra

Original Title

Ultra

Director

Balázs Simonyi

Script

Balázs Simonyi

Genre

Documentary

Category

Documentary Competition

Country

Greece, Hungary

Year

2017

Language

Hungarian, French, German, Greek, English with Engl. sub.

Running time

83 min.

Distribution/Contact

CAT&Docs

Dates

Friday 13.04.

19:15 Village Cinema 4

Friday 20.04.

19:15 Village Cinema 4