ULTRA is a unique journey into the pasts, hearts and minds of runners embraced by the running director. A real first-hand experience, a unique insight from an unknown world.
The originality of this project is my personal access to the topic, my involvement in the race and the opportunity to creatively take advantage of my professional skills both as a filmmaker and as a runner.
Ultra races are not a sport achievement but an exercise to release my pain, problems and train my faith on the long road. That is how I met with my protagonists with different motivations behind their running. Ultra means beyond. All you think you are you may get beyond during this race.
Running for these people is a way of living, a way of facing problems, a way of facing life.
The film is about people who stand for what they love, their ability of never giving up. The characters may look average at first sight, through my vision their extraordinariness becomes visible. They are heroes who can inspire others.
His films has been broadcasted all over in Europe, and the short films in the USA and Japan. He is also an organizer and selector of the Budapest Short Film Festival (BuSho).
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Balazs Simonyi
Written by: Balazs Simonyi
Produced by: Hanka Kastelicova, Anna Zavorszky, Laszlo Jozsa, Balazs Simonyi, Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof
Cinematography: Csaba Hernath
Editing: Thomas Ernst (Airbrushart by Thomas Ernst)
Original Score: Balazs Alpar
Sound Design: Peter Benjamin Lukacs
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Documentary Selection 2017