Driven to Compete

Driven to Compete

2 Episodes

The pressures of competition are compounded by the trials of growing up in these striking portraits of young women athletes striving to meet the high standards that have been set for them. With affecting restraint, rising director Qiu Yang (who previously won the Short Film Palme d’Or at Cannes for A GENTLE NIGHT) depicts the enormous emotional weight a student bears as she tries desperately to quit her school dance team in SHE RUNS. Then, Mariel Hemingway delivers a star-making performance as a striving, Olympic-hopeful hurdler who finds love with a fellow female athlete in Robert Towne’s PERSONAL BEST, both a groundbreaking queer romance and a bracingly visceral study of the human body in motion.

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Driven to Compete
  • She Runs

    Episode 1

    Directed by Qiu Yang • 2019 • China, France
    Starring Xue Jiayi, Shuxian Li, Frank Sun

    With a heartbreaking mix of intimacy and restraint, director Qiu Yang depicts the enormous pressure a young student faces as she desperately attempts to quit her school dance team.

  • Personal Best

    Episode 2

    Directed by Robert Towne • 1982 • United States
    Starring Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly

    Academy Award–winning screenwriter Robert Towne (CHINATOWN) made his directorial debut with this tale of a promising hurdler (Mariel Hemingway) who finds much-needed emotional and athletic su...