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Gwendolyn is in her mid-sixties, barely weighs 52 kg and is a three-time world champion in weightlifting. Since battling salivary gland cancer, the retired anthropologist should really take a step back, but this is far from what Gwendolyn has in mind. She is training to become world champion once again. Supported by her devoted trainer Pat and her Ivorian husband Charlie, 20 years her junior and her son Joseph, her fight against physical and personal limits begins.
|Language spoken:||English, French, Portuguese, Azeri, Turkish|
|Producers:||Jürgen Karasek, Filip Malinowski|
November 1, 2017Leipzig
|Awards (selection):||Erste Bank’s ExtraVALUE Film Award (Vienna/Viennale), Best Cinematography + Best Editing (Graz/Diagonale), Franz Grabner Award 2018|
«The only limitations to her life that she accepts are the ones she sets herself.»
What began for Ruth Kaaserer as a meeting with an elderly woman in a male-dominated competitive sport turned into an encounter with a fascinating individual who perceives her life as an adventure. A respectful interplay between proximity and distance has given rise to GWENDOLYN, the portrait of a woman with endless facets and contrasts.