Beyond the Summit
Directed by Yana Polyarush, Tamara Tsotsoriya, and Konstantin Kutuev
Alexey Tsarev is a seventeen-year-old school leader and a promising champion of the Junior Alpine skiing team. Alexei has a girlfriend Lina and a friend Kostya, his rival in sports, and in love. Alexey is the first in everything, he is confident in himself, and he does not want to lose. However, everything changes in a flash after a tragic accident.
The film is not so much about the trials that each character had to undergo and experience, but about what helps a person to overcome the difficulties in life and about what everyone should have: friendship and love, hope, faith in themselves,the desire to live, fearlessness and strength of spirit. Each of these qualities will lead the main characters to their personal victory.
Filming of the sports scenes took place during the real sports competitions at the World Cup in Alpine skiing in France, in December 2015.
This film is dedicated to the heroes of our time – Paralympians.
The main character is based on Alexei Moshkin – honored as Master of Sports of Russia, twice champion of the Paralympic games: Lillehammer (Norway, 1994) and Nagano (Japan, 1998). After amputation of both legs, no one believed that he would be able to walk again, but the 14-year-old not only got back on his feet, but also returned to the mountainside and became a champion.
Moshkin does not like the fashionable American term “disabled person”. There are no restrictions in Alexey’s life now. He teaches, drives, dances, boxing, swims, plays basketball, and never asks anybody for anything. Alexey’s beautiful daughter has become his main reward and incentive in his life.