Nowadays, mountaineering denotes not only a professional pursuit but also an increasingly popular hobby. At the same time, cinemas draw mountain enthusiasts with feature films (such as Everest by Baltasar Kormákur), and documentaries (Academy Award for Free Solo about Alex Honnold). In this section, we will be taking a look at the people who seek to climb and conquer indomitable peaks, constantly testing their body and mind, and overcoming their own limitations.
Concept by Alicja Głów, Piotr Szczyszyk
Films in the section:
THE LAST MOUNTAIN
dir. Dariusz Załuski, Poland 2019, 82’
A group of several climbers attempt a historic, winter ascent of K2, the second highest peak on Earth. The routine of the expedition is interrupted by a tragedy on the nearby Nanga Parbat. Following a daring rescue action, Adam Bielecki and Denis Urubko manage to save Elisabeth Revol. Her partner, Tomasz Mackiewicz, remains at Nanga Parbat forever.
EVEREST FOR EVERYONE
dir. Adrian Dmoch, Poland 2018, 90’
Everest for Everyone documents the record logistical undertaking: a trekking expedition to a base camp at Mt. Everest in October 2018.
On the centennial of Polish independence, 400 persons from 100 places across Poland, from the Baltic to the Tatra Mountains, realized their dreams trekking to the feet of Mt. Everest in a homage to those who died in the high mountains.
Poznań premiere + meeting with Szymon Kosmala and Łukasz Jędrzejek
PIANO TO ZANSKAR
dir. Michal Sulima, Great Britain 2018, 86’
In 2013, a client walks into Desmond Gentle’s workshop in London’s Camden, asking to have her piano tuned. She is a teacher who married a man from Ladakh in the Himalaya and plans to move to a thousand-year-old village in the subdistrict of Zanskar. She bemoans the fact that the local school does not have a piano, being located in one of the most isolated settlements in the world, at 4,267 metres above sea level.
Screening with audio description
dir. Stanisław Berbeka, Poland 2018, 86’
Stanisław Berbeka’s documentary is a reminiscence about the director’s father, Maciej Berbeka. Thanks to witness accounts from fellow climbers, archival material (footage and audio recordings) we gain an insight into the mind of that outstanding Polish Himalayan mountaineer and explorer.
THE WIND. A PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER
dir. Michał Bielawski, Poland 2019, 75’
When foehn wind blows in Podhale, it leaves destroyed homes and swathes of broken trees in its wake. The violent changes of atmospheric pressure also affect humans and animals, while the emergency services have twice as much to do. Fascinated by the mysterious element, the filmmakers observe how the coming of the devastating gale disrupts the life of several local residents.