Over the Limit

For the audience, competitive rhythmic gymnastics is an art experience – like ballet. For the gymnast, it is an extremely demanding sport and brutal work – like ballet.

Margarita Mamun is the sad-eyed girl in Russia’s rhythmic gymnastics team who won gold in the Rio Olympics rhythmic gymnastics all-around. During her performance, the viewers hold their breath, rooting for her to succeed.

Polish director Marta Prus is a former rhythmic gymnast herself, and she knows who and what to film. Over the Limit is a film that everyone interested in competitive sports should see. Prus follows Mamun’s Olympic training from 2015.

The coaches have equally important roles in the film as Mamun: Mamun’s personal coach Amina Zaripova and the autocrat of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, Irina Viner.

”What the fuck do we need her for?”, Viner snaps to Amina when Mamun fails in a competition. Zaripova is the good cop, but must submit to Viner’s will. When Mamun says that she is only human, Zaripova states with a serious face: ”You’re not a human being, you’re a gymnast.”

Jaana Semeri / Translation: Ulrika Sundelin

Language: Russia
Subtitles: English, Estonian

  • Name in Original Language: Over the Limit
  • Director: Marta Prus
  • Country: Poland, Germany, Finland
  • Year: 2017
  • Length: 74 min
  • Age limit: null
  • Cinematography: Adam Suzin
  • Editing: Maciej Pawlinski
  • Audio: Maciej Pawlinski
  • Production: Maciej Kubicki , Anna Kepinska / Telemark


  • Cinema Artis, hall 1: Friday, 02.02 - 17:00 (Sold out)
  • Cinema Sõprus: Sunday, 04.02 - 12:00 (Extra screening!)
  • Cinema Sõprus: Sunday, 04.02 - 20:00 (Extra screening!)