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 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MOUNTAIN AND ADVENTURE FILMS  TORELLΣ - 2001

The 19th edition of the INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MOUNTAIN AND ADVENTURE FILMS is currently being held in  TORELLΣ Spain. 

 This year there are 47 FILMS FROM 17 COUNTRIES IN THE COMPETITIVE SECTION.

The organization of the International Film Festival has already selected the films in contest. In the competitive section there will be 47 films from 17 different countries, most of them European, like Belgium or Germany, but also from other continents like New Zealand or Canada. As a characteristic of  the last years, most of the films are television productions from the most prestigious channels of the world (BBC, RAI, Discovery Channel,...). The topics of the films already presented are distributed in different specialties: mountaineering, expeditions, ecology...

Besides, the festival increases again the number of sessions in order to consolidate the festival audience average: more than 6,000 attended last year. 

CINEMA SECTION

One of this year novelties is the showing, within the Cirvianum Cinema Section, of a LUIS TRENKER retrospective, one of he most outstanding figures of the XX century in the mountain film history. Alois Franz Trenker, called Luis, was born on the 4th October 1892 in Val Gardena, at the foot of the Dolomites. He stood out in the cinema world in different aspects. As an actor – often characterized as a mountaineer from Tirol capable of anything – he was in tens of films, while as a director he was considered to be a cult myth in Germany. Trenker died on the 12th April 1990 at the age of 99.

The films of Luis Trenker that will be shown are:

BERGE IN FLAMMEN. GERMANY, 1931

DER VERLORENE SOHN. GERMANY-FRANCE, 1934

LA GRANDE CONQUISTA. GERMANY, 1937

TV TEAM “AL FILO DE LO IMPOSSIBLE”. 

The Festival this year renders homage to the TV team “Al filo de lo Imposible”. It has already taken part and won some awards in Torellσ and will be present in this 19th edition. There will also be in the festival Sebastiαn Αlvaro, the team director, Juanito Oiarzabal, Juan Vallejo, Oscar Cadiach and Ferran Latorre. The homage will take place on Thursday 22nd November at 10 p.m. and the coffee-talk on Saturday 24th in the afternoon.

The “Al filo de lo Imposible” team started to make adventure documentaries during the expedition to the Hidden Peak 11 years ago. Among their most important targets there is the climbing and shooting in the 14 summits of more than 8.000 m. in the planet. This experience has allowed to create a group of professional people able to think, organize, carry out and shoot a wide range of adventures (mountaineering, ice climbing,...).

Juanito Oiarzabal is the sixth man in  history in achieving  the eight-thousand-meter summits of the fourteen highest mountains in the world. He will be in the festival with the  “Al Filo de lo Imposible” team to introduce a slide showing about his ascents, on Saturday 17th November in the evening.

“CLIMBERS: TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD”

Among this year exhibitions, the festival is going to show  CLIMBERS: TO THE EDGES OF THE WORLD, PORTRAITS FROM THE SUMMIT. Exhibition about 32 portraits of the best mountaineers in the world, realized by the Canadian photographer Craig Richards. Some of them have already been in the festival, like  Edmund Hillary, Chris Bonington, o Kurt Diemberger. It comes from the Banff Centre for Mountain Culture and the White Museum of the Canadian Rockies, in Canada, together with the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY.       

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