"Jurek" Awarded in Canada

Jurek, a documentary film directed by Paweł Wysoczański and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, won the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) in Canada.

A Documentary Film About Jerzy Kukuczka

Jerzy Kukuczka died on October 24, 1989 during an expedition to Lhotse. This was his first trip to the Himalayas with money, with good equipment, and as a real celebrity. His death was a combination of unfortunate circumstances, coincidence, and a tragedy that seemed unavoidable. But Paweł Wysoczański’s documentary does not focus on the mystery of Kukuczka’s demise. It is the portrait of a man who is climbing to the top, both literally and figuratively. From a zero to a hero, from a communist worker to a star of international media, from a man climbing mountains with neither funding nor equipment to Reinhold Messner’s key rival in reaching the Crown of the Himalayas. A humble yet expressive man who loved the mountains. Interviews with friends and family, archive footage, photographs, recordings, excerpts from television shows and interviews are brought together in this documentary to create a portrait of the whole mountain climbing community of the 1980s. It is also a portrait of their time – a time that was both difficult and colourful; a time when ideals were valued more than fame.

A Film Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Jurek was written and directed by Paweł Wysoczański, lensed by Jacek Kędzierski, and scored by Michał Lorenc. The film was produced by Black and White Productions, co-produced by Instytucja Filmowa Silesia Film and TVP S.A., and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, the City of Katowice, and the Silesian Film Fund.

The film’s official website is available at jurekkukuczka.pl.

The festival website is available at www.vimff.org.