Thierry Donard always chooses athletes with strong human values for his films. He is driven by a passion for providing them with the environment, confidence and security they need to fulfil their dreams.
What do athletes from Tahiti, Sweden, Australia, Mexico, America, Hawaii and Switzerland have in common? The determination to get up after each failure, their courage to continue after an injury or perhaps their humility when revelling in success? This film relates the adventures of men and women who are fuelled by a zest for life, which springs forth from a passion for their art: sticking to a line you’ve chosen to follow, in life as you do in sport, this is the art of living.
To create this direct follow up to “Don’t Crack Under Pressure”, patience was a pre-requisite. State-of-the-art weather forecasting technology was essential to being able to make the most of the most extreme conditions that nature had to offer. When that moment comes, in the face of doubt, in the face of danger, you must not hesitate or crack under pressure.
For this shoot we had to travel far and wide to reach extraordinary locations, confronting rare situations in Zapatista country in Mexico, the peaks of the Dolomites, the depths of Polynesia, the heart of the Alps and the grand finale where we all regrouped in the mythical arena that is the fjords of Norway; a spot where all disciplines can be practised within a small radius, the promised land of light and breath-taking contrast.
A 90-minute film using modern technology to project the strongest of human emotions onto the best cinema screens in the world.