History Sport 52'

Nadia Comăneci, the gymnast and the dictator

Montreal Olympic Games, 18th July 1976: an angel-faced young gymnast storms into the sports legend. In front of more than 5 million astounded TV viewers, a barely 14-year-old Nadia Comăneci becomes the first athlete in her discipline to obtain the never seen before perfect score, 10, achieving one of the greatest feats in Olympics history. The entire world is dazzled by her grace, her self-control and masterly style. On both sides of the Iron Curtain, audiences are overwhelmed. 


Everyone can recall the little Romanian pixie with red ribbons in her hair. In a few jaw-dropping routines, Nadia Comăneci rose to the rank of universal idol. She became a role model for millions of young girls, and reached the heights of popular Western culture in the pure Hollywood tradition. Even today, the name Comăneci still sparks the imagination, as shown by the quote above and the hundreds of thousands of “likes” on her Facebook page.

Direction: Pola Rapaport


Languages: French, English

awards & festivals

  • BCN Sports Film Festival in Barcelona

    Special Jury Prize

  • Pessac Historical Film Festival

    Selected at Panorama

  • Denver Film Festival

    Official Selection

  • LA Femme Film Festival

    Official Selection

  • Hamptons Take 2 Film Festival

    Official Selection

  • Milano International FICTS Fest

    Candido Cannavo price

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