OUR LIMITS

ΤΑ ΌΡΙΑ ΜΑΣ

By Dimitris YATZOUZAKIS

MFC 4 ALL - as PROD

Sport - Completed 2020

A FILM ABOUT THE SPORTS OF CHILDHOOD, PARENTHOOD AND TRIATHLON
An athlete with an impairment drives his 7 years old daughter and 5 years old son to run one of their first triathlon races recalling the most difficult race he ever did in his life: an IRONMAN; one of the more strenuous physical and men

Festivals
& Awards

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (online) 2021
Greek Docs
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Sport, Family, Documentary
    • Countries
    • GREECE
    • Languages
    • GREEK
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 78 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Dimitris YATZOUZAKIS
    • Writer(s)
    • Dimitris YATZOUZAKIS
    • Producer(s)
    • Ioannis CHATZIMPEIS (MFC 4 ALL)
    • Synopsis
    • A FILM ABOUT THE SPORTS OF CHILDHOOD, PARENTHOOD AND TRIATHLON

      An athlete with an impairment drives his seven years old daughter and five years old son to run one of their first triathlon races recalling the most difficult race he ever did in his life: an IRONMAN; one of the more strenuous physical and mental races a human can endure in a single day involving 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km of biking and a Marathon run of 42 km. Before and after the races the movie explores how children conceive this crazy idea of Marathon - Triatlhon that is nested inside their father.

      Director’s note

      Giannis Chatzimpeis is a leading figure in promoting sports for people with an impairment. He’s the first greek paralympic athlete who managed to finish an Ironman. In a sunny day of June, 2018, he takes his children to run one of their first triathlon that takes place 15 km out of Athens. During the race he recalls the athletic experience he had four years before: The Ironman, Frankfurt, July, 6, 2014.

      In that day we started shooting Giannis as he competed equally with 3.150 full bodied athletes; men and women, from 20 to 70 years old. To see this crowd diving in the lake, throwing their selves into this kind of adventure, was awesome. We thought this would be a film showing how sports can help someone to beat his disability. But in the editing-room we realized that Giannis had won that battle since the very beginning of the movie. The task was such an undertaking that once he embarked upon it his disability disappeared to reveal something wider: The meaning of a goal in somebody’s life.

      OUR LIMITS is a documentary approaching this from the children’s point of view and maybe it’s the first time that a film explores how children conceive this kind of races and if they comprehend it at all. Why grownups enjoy such an adversity, such a trouble and torture? Why do they challenge their bodies to such an extreme putting in danger their own health? Why Ironman is so popular?

      The kids have to swim only 25 meters and then to cycle 400 m. and to run other 200 but these small dis-tances for a little child imply the same feelings as the marathon distance for a grownup. Editing in parallel the preparation, the trip to the race-venue, the registration procedures and the race itself, we discovered a cinematic symphony as it springs up from those different scales of space and human bodies. Unexpectedly, we also realized how its scenes express the game of discipline we play with ourselves and our children: How we try to fulfill the expectations of the others and how we try to get rid of them. How sports help us to grow up and how they help us to maintain our innocence when adults. A wide spectrum of feelings emerged: Anxiety, enthusiasm, fear, tendency to abandon an overwhelming effort… Tiny fragments of time, before and after the courses, found their equivalent for longer periods like those between one generation and another and all these make the film appear as a spontaneous