Description of the films in competition
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan, a former Social Soviet Republic, plunged into a devastating civil war. A famine struck the mountainous region of the Pamir where Raïmberdi, a passionate and ingenious botanist, built his own hydroelectric power station to help his family survive the crisis.
BOYS IN THE BUGS
Direction: Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen, Peter Mortimer
USA 2016, 18’
Matt Segal and Will Stanhope have spent a decade climbing in the world’s hardest cracks. In an age of elite athletes, fad diets, and training regimes, Matt and Will harken back to the old school of climbing, where guts and spirit make up for their lack of planning and healthy lifestyle. They travel deep into the Canadian wilderness to the infamous Bugaboo Mountains where they are looking for the ultimate next-level crack climb – following a long, thin break in the rock so narrow that only the tips of their fingers fit inside. It is the beginning of an epic, multi-year quest that will change their lives.
LA CARNE DELL’ORSO
Direction: Paolo Giacobbe, Andrea Porcu
Italy 2015, 18’
Turin, 1938. Primo Levi and Sandro Delmastro were studying chemistry. They have met each other while attending the laboratory courses. Although they had different characters and passions, they discovered to be soul mates. They became friends and started their rock-climbing adventure in the mountains. In the Alps, the two men experienced that kind of physical and intellectual freedom which is going to have a huge impact on their future choices.
Direction: David Čálek
Czech Republic 2015, 100’
The film tells a story about grim determination and overcoming human limits. Radek Jaroš is the first Czech who has completed the Crown of the Himalayas, the world’s 14 highest peaks. He set out to climb his final eight-thousander with a camera in tow, so viewers will be able to experience his K2 expedition. The most majestic mountains are suddenly within the reach of all who admire their grandeur but would never attempt to conquer them.
Direction: Véronique, Anne, Erik LAPIED
France 2017, 70’
Colin is 9 years old and he is intrigued by the profession of his grandparents. No matter what the weather, they are up in the mountains and track animals. He joins them in Gran Paradiso National Park. There, he will attend a completely different school. To see the royal eagle not only as a tiny dot in the sky and to not scary the chamois, he will have to be patient. Colin learns how to be quiet, to recognize the tracks, to walk with crampons, and to bivouac. An animal does not want to show itself, and Colin puts his grandfather to the test. Will they find the animal?
Direction: Nick Rosen, Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll, Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
USA 2016, 28’
Jump on board to join a sailing adventure to the biggest rock walls in the Arctic Circle with a team of elite climbers. Sean Villanueva, Ben Ditto, Nico and Olivier Favresse were those who have made a cutting edge first ascents in remote mountain ranges around the world – climbing hard and making music. Now they embark on their greatest expedition yet, voyaging to the massive walls of Greenland and Baffin Island on the good ship Dodo’s Delight, skippered by the spry 79 years old Capitan Bob Shepton.
DOING IT SCARED
Australia 2016, 12’
Paul Pritchard,18 years after a catastrophic accident which left him with hemiplegia, returns to the Totem Pole to find out if he has recovered enough to finish the climb. He was one of the leading climbers and mountaineers of the ‘80s and ‘90s, renowned for his hard and extremely bold first ascents. This is the film about an extraordinary man on an inspiring journey. It presents his recovery from a serious injury and the insatiable desire for adventure.
Direction: Marcello Vai
Italy 2016, 73’
Fulvio lived in a wonderful and
caring environment in the mountains. When he was 12 he lost his mother and soon
after also his beloved grandmother. Entrusted to his uncles he was growing up
in a violent environment; he was beaten, lived in an approved school, he smoked
cigarettes, took drugs and drank alcohol. Twenty years later he decides to face
and fight his demons. If he can quit drugs and alcohol, he can do everything;
it is the power of mind that matters. He wants to go back to his beloved
mountains and run the most difficult endurance trail in the world…
Direction: Sasha Snow
Canada/UK 2015, 87’
The story about a human and nature, based on the mystery of Grant Hadwin and his struggle to accept what he perceived as a crime against the land and all humanity. Inspired by the awardwinning book, "The Golden Spruce" by John Vaillant, the film tracks the events which had led Hadwin to destruction of the legendary 300 years old Sitka Spruce, the tree which was sacred to the Haida, people living on the archipelago Haida Gwaii a few hundred kilometers south of Alaska. The film depicts Hadwin’s emotional struggle and his eventual descent into what some people believe was madness, culminating in a mysterious and unbelievable conclusion.
"Holy (un)Holy River" presents the world’s most revered and reviled river, the great Ganges River of India. In 2013, the film’s directors followed the river from its source to the sea, documenting its intense beauty and struggles. The film tells the story of the river, examining its dichotomy and complexity. The river that is revered by a billion people, depended upon by 500 million, and is at once a source of life and inspiration as well as death, pollution, and tragedy.
A LIFE TO BE LEARNT / UNE VIE À APPRENDRE
Direction: Eloise Barbieri
France/Italy 2017, 25’
Despite having lost the use of her legs in a mountain climbing accident, Vanessa Francois continues to climb with help of her friends who, besides being great climbers, have shown enormous generosity and solidarity. After a successful climb in the Zodiac route in Yosemite, she decides to tackle the Grand Capucin, a monolith reaching almost 4000 meters in the Mont Blanc Massif. Vanessa climb is, above all, a journey within herself; she gradually realizes that her true prison is not her paralysis but the mountains she refuses to abandon.
Direction: Jerzy Porębski
Poland 2017, 60’
Medics who have participated in the rescue operations in the Tatra Mountains are members of the TOPR (Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue) and have taken part in most of the Himalayan expeditions. The medics and their patients have many stories to tell about fractures, hypothermia, frostbites, altitude sickness, amputations, extraction of teeth, and about organizing self-propelled hospitals. This is the film about doctors working in the mountains – in the past and today.
Direction: Jan Wierzejski
Poland 2016, 52’
The protagonist of the film is Magda Łączak. She is an outstanding mountain runner who occupies first places in mountain ultramarathons. She is best at the distance of 100 km. The camera follows Magda picturing her struggles, preparation, and trainings. She participates in competitions in Poland, Spain, and France. "My time" ("Mój czas") is a movie about running, pursuing a goal, and realizing dreams.
Direction: Joaquín and Julián Azulay
Argentine 2016, 88’
The Gauchos del Mar brothers perform an unprecedented expedition by foot with 35kgs+ on their backs during 53 days on the tip of Tierra del Fuego, a pristine area where no one lives. The brothers have the goal of surfing a world-class wave never ridden before at the Cape San Diego Lighthouse. To get there they have to complete a grueling journey. They document the region and decide to share their message of environmentalism, avoiding consumerism, and living simply.
PIOTR MALINOWSKI. 33 ZGŁOŚ SIĘ…
Direction: Robert Żurakowski, Bartosz Szwast
Production: G&B Art. Robert Żurakowski
Poland 2017, 55’
The film from the documentary series The Trial of Memory in The Tatra Mountains ("Tatrzański Szlak Wspomnień"), which aim is to recall and preserve the memory of people important for Zakopane and Tatra Mountains. This is the story about passion for the mountains, which Peter experienced not only as a rescuer but also as an outstanding mountaineer, climber, and a specialist in skiing difficult slopes. The film reveals also his private life, which was difficult to reconcile with the boundless dedication to his work in mountain rescue team. Peter was a very colorful figure, distinguishing from the gray era of the Polish People's Republic. He had strong personality, what he had proved in his life; his biography could serve as a canvas for several film scripts.
SAMUEL IN THE CLOUDS
The glaciers in Bolivia are melting. Samuel, an old ski lift operator, is looking out the window located on the Roof of the World in Chacaltaya - the world’s highest elevation ski resort (higher than Everest base camp). For generations his family was living and working in the snowy mountains, but now snow is no longer falling. While scientists are discussing and measuring ominous changes Samuel prays to the ancient mountain spirits. Clouds continue to drift across the sky…
SUMMITS OF MY LIFE III: LANGTANG
Direction: Sébastien Montaz-Rosset
Spain 2015, 52’
"Langtang" is the story of a journey to the heart of Nepal. In April 2015, an ultra-runner Kilian Jornet is preparing for an expedition to Everest as a part of his project Summits of My Life together with an alpinist Jordi Tosas and a filmmaker Sébastien Montaz-Rosset. Two days before departure a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal with a devastating effect and destroys Jordi’s beloved Langtang Valley. Putting their original objective to one side, the team travel to Nepal. They want to help people from the place that they hold in their hearts. "Langtang" is an ode to life, a tribute to hope, and a search for new horizons.
URMILA - MY MEMORY IS MY POWER
Direction: Susan Gluth
Germany 2016, 87’
Urmila's dream is to end child slavery in Nepal. The human rights activist was sold by her parents when she was 6 years old. She became free 12 years later. The film shows her quest for justice and her personal fight against the inner demons from the past. She must break through the control of people around her before she begins to make her own life choices.
Direction: Federico Santini
Italy 2017, 73’
What motivates an individual to challenge the void? Why would one decide to suffer cold, discomfort, bad weather, and inhuman toil? Three years dedicated to a visionary project: the winter ascent of Nanga Parbat. This is the story of a unique adventure set against a spectacular backdrop of mountain scenery, extreme challenges, and bitter defeats.
Direction: Davide Grimoldi
Italy 2017, 17’
Eleonora, while ice climbing in Val Daone, had an accident in which she lost the use of her legs. However, her desire to resume climbing was so strong that, after a few months of rehabilitation, she accepted without hesitation a proposition made by her friends: the proposition to climb the mythical El Capitan wall in the Yosemite with special equipment.
Direction: Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
USA 2016, 27’
Ashima Shiraishi (14 years old) and Kai Lightner (15 years old) are friends and the leaders of a new generation. They bring the sport to the next level. Ashima, born in New York City, has already become the youngest person and the first woman who climbed the benchmark of elite grades of 5.15a and v15. Kai is one of a few African American climbers who became a sport climbing champions as a high school students. Now these two prodigies travel to the coast of Norway, where a legendary cave is filled with the most difficult climbs on earth.