Runners (Biegacze)

Three runners on a road surrounded by tall pines, in various stages of the race

Łukasz Borowski
2017 | 72 mins
Country of Production: Poland
Country and Culture Featured: Poland
US Premiere | Director in Attendance

A nearly 150 mile race brings out extremes of human experience, from pain to joy and everything in between. Follow three long-distance runners as they conquer one of Poland's most gruesome ultramarathons: a 52-hour race through rocky, wooded terrain, climbing and descending through a treacherous and equally breathtakingly beautiful mountainous region. As the runners break down physically and emotionally discover what drove them to commit to this race and what motivates them to continue.

A Q&A with director Łukasz Borowski follows the screening.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New YorkNew York Road Runners, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York

With generous support provided by the Polish Cultural Institute New York



Resilience in Motion | In Their Own Words

“I believe in my film Runners we can observe various aspects of resilience. The film captures three runners during one of the most difficult ultramarathons in Europe, but most importantly, their struggle against themselves. We take a close look at their ability to adapt to the harsh mountain conditions, to recover from being weakened by unbelievable effort, and their incredible strength to overcome the mental crises on the run. But what intrigued me the most in these unique people was discovering that for them running itself turned out to be the way to heal emotional trauma, and deal with difficult childhoods or unfulfilled career ambitions. Extreme mountain running was their way to build their own resilience.”

– Łukasz Borowski | Director, Runners