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Alpine Documentation
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Nature and Environment
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Program Thursday, 08. Nov. 2007

Details Thursday, 08. Nov. 2007

14:00 | Grazer Congress - Grüner Saal
14:00 “Chamonix, les sommets de la science”

Old snow? For the scientists, the condition of glaciers is one of the most important indicator of climate changes. In the valley of Chamonix and in the mountain massif of the Mont Blanc, the pioneers of the climate and glacier research gathered... more

  Nature and Environment (F), Jean Afanassieff (Frankreich) 52 min
14:55 “Churubamba – Frauen am Ball”

Peru – a calm mountain region far from big cities. Smooth clouds nestle on picturesque rocks, a lama grazes peacefully, when suddenly a cry interrupts the silence: “Goaaal!!!” A group of women throw their arms into the air. “With every goal we... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Carmen Butta (Deutschland) 52 min
15:50 “Der Tiger und der Mönch”

Wat Pa Luangta Bua is a monastery of meditation, far away from any civilization, about 200 kilometres west of Bangkok, a place full of silence, peace and harmony. Every afternoon, the same ritual can be observed: nonchalant Buddhist monks take... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Harald Pokieser 51 min
16:45 “Mythos Blautopf – Expedition ins Dunkel”

Since centuries many mysteries have twined around the Blautopf in the Schwäbische Alb, a source which was considered unfathomable for a long time. In September 2006, three speleologists set off for an expedition aiming to unveil one of the last... more

  Adventure (D), Claus Hanischdörfer (Deutschland) 43 min
17:30 “Mujaan”

On the distant steppes of Mongolia, using only simple tools, strength and ingenuity, a nomad builds a home much the way his ancestors have for the past one thousand years. “Mujaan” (The Craftsman) is a vivid window to a disappearing way of life in... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (Mongol/E), Chris McKee (USA) 25 min
18:00 “Das Genie der Natur – Energie ist der Schlüssel”

Solar cells are outdated. Today the scientists experiment with artificial leaves that produce hydrogen with the help of solar energy. They also try to air-condition whole cities following the example of the thermal system of termite mounds. This... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Alfred Vendl, Steve Nicholls 52 min
18:55 “First Ascent”

“First Ascent” is a movie about the legendary routes that have never been climbed – and the dirt bag heroes that climb them. “First Ascent” is a global romp with climbing’s modern-day pioneers, from the sea cliffs in Thailand to the high... more

  Climbing on rock and ice (E), Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen (USA) 83 min
20:20 “Herrscher der Meere”

This documentary accompanies the shark explorer Richard Fitzpatrick to the Australian Great-Barrier-Reef, the largest marine sea park in the world and home of the tiger sharks. Fishing is strictly forbidden, yet also a mono-culture on land can... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Florian Guthknecht (Deutschland) 29 min
20:50 “Light at the Edge of the World: Polynesia – The Wayfinders”

The ancient Polynesians settled the giant Polynesian Triangle aboard seafaring canoes a thousand years ago. The navigators could pinpoint tiny islands in the vastness of the Pacific by reading the stars, the winds and the seas swells. It was an... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (E), Andrew Gregg (Kanada) 47 min
21:40 “Gefahr in eisigen Höhen”

Two years ago, the largest ever Swiss high altitude research expedition set off to the 7,546 metre high Muztagh Ata in west China. The aim of the expedition was to learn more about high altitude acclimatisation and the phenomena of high altitude... more

  Alpine Documentation (D/E), Frank Senn, Otto C. Honegger (Schweiz) 52 min
22:35 “Bergschau”

This impressionistic short film with impressive photographic sequences tells the story of one summer in the mountains of the Allgäu, an area in the Bavarian Alps. Without narration but with the help of the rhythm of cuts and the conscious use of... more

  Nature and Environment (n.v.), Gerhard und Fridolin Baur (Deutschland) 10 min
16:00 | Stefaniensaal Ticket Order

The extreme or at least one-sided way of life of many extreme athletes is often discussed and also criticised. In „Enlightenment“, this topic is presented in a way that does not favour a life style or evaluate the “career life” acknowledged by... more

  Climbing on rock and ice (n.v.), Armin Buchroithner 12 min
“Abenteuer Yukon – Durchs wilde Herz Kanadas”

Andreas Kieling has felt attracted by Alaska for 15 years. This time, he wants to explore the Yukon, a river which has become a true legend with its length of 3,000 kilometres from the sources to the mouth in the Bering Sea. At the first stage, he... more

  Adventure (D), Andreas Kieling (Deutschland) 44 min
“Abratzky – ein sächsischer Münchhausen”

In 1848, Sebastian Abratzky was the first man who climbed a rock in the Saxon Switzerland: the Königstein. He was immediately arrested. Later, the chimney sweep published his adventure in a book which is still known today. Even Reinhold Messner... more

  Climbing on rock and ice (D), Bettina Wobst (Deutschland) 14 min
“Coast to Coast – A Piece of My Heart”

Mike Blyth and Olivier Aubert start a new adventure after the Scot explorer Livingstone in their Ultra-Micro-Airplane. For 4 months they will fly over the magnificent landscapes of southern Africa camping among wild animals: the Zambezi River from... more

  Adventure (E/D), Olivier Aubert, Mike Blyth (Schweiz) 52 min
19:30 | Stefaniensaal Ticket Order
“Festivaleröffnung / opening ceremony 2007”
“Zum Dritten Pol – Teil 2: Norman Dyhrenfurth”

Norman Dyhrenfurth, the son of the Himalaya pioneers and filmmakers Prof. Dr. Günter and Hettie Dyhrenfurth, follows the footsteps of his parents and, between 1952 and 1986, he participates in seven large expeditions to the Himalayas. Most of the... more

  Alpine Documentation (D), Andreas Nickel, Jürgen Czwienk (Deutschland) 44 min
“Facing Obsession”

Stefan Glowacz and Robert Jasper are almost “addicted” to the “Forgotten Wall”, the 1000 m high and steep north pillar of the Cerro Murallón in the Patagonian inland ice. In 2003 they started their first attempt to climb this north face. Although... more

  Climbing on rock and ice (D), Jochen Schmoll, Drehxtrem (Deutschland) 26 min

This offbeat dramdoc tells the story of Dave MacLeod’s ascent of ‘Rhapsody’, a route considered to be the hardest traditional rock climb in the world, graded at E11. The steep and intimidating rock face protecting the seaward flanks of the... more

  Climbing on rock and ice (E/D), Paul Diffley (Gro) 42 min
14:00 | Congress Graz - Blauer Salon
Alle FestivalbesucherInnen können mit einer gelösten Karte des betreffenden Tages die Filme im Blauen Salon sehen. >> further information of the „Blauer Salon“
14:00 “Der Große Arber – König des Bayerischen Waldes”

With its altitude of 1456 m, the “Große Arber” is considered to be the “King of the Bavarian Wood”. Unfortunately today the “tortured” king would be a more fitting name, because no other mountain in the Bavarian Wood is as exploited by skiing... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Jürgen Eichinger (Deutschland) 43 min
14:45 “Die Versöhnung”

After working as a ship’s officer for ten years, Benedikt Stirner returns home to the mountain farm, where his father is dying. Benedikt’s mother Maria is in grief, because the old Max Stirner does not want to see Benedict, who used to be his... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Olaf Kreinsen (Deutschland) 84 min
16:10 “The Line”

This short story describes the inner struggle between the search for physical balance and the difficulty of maintaining concentration while practising Highlining - a fairly popular outdoor activity among mountain climbers lately. Highlining is... more

  Climbing on rock and ice (n.v.), Dominik Zadecki (Polen) 6 min
16:20 “Tiere vor der Kamera: Die Saga vom Vogel in der Hand”

„When you meet the bird, then gently show it that you know, love and understand its country, and it will entrust you with everything it possesses: its freedom, its life, its offspring!”, says a fairy tale in Lapland. “The legend of the bird in the... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Ernst Arendt, Hans Schweiger (Deutschland) 43 min
17:05 “At the earth confines”

“The Antarctic represents the beauty of the world, the silence of the world and the loneliness of the world. We didn’t want to conquer more territories; we have been conquered by them”, Sebastián Alvaro tells. During 63 days, the team travels more... more

  Adventure (Sp/E), Sebastián Alvaro (Spanien) 80 min
18:30 “Wenn das Eis schmilzt - Gletscher im Wallis”

The glaciologist Benedikt Schnyder lives and works in the Swiss canton Wallis, in the winter sport paradise Saas-Fee, surrounded by snow-covered Alpine peaks. For 35 years, he has registered the development of the glaciers, the steady retreat of... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Jürgen Bevers (Deutschland) 26 min
19:00 “Rush hour in Antarctica”

When the silence of the South Pole gives way to gridlock, jostling, squawking, fights and sex... Millions of penguins, seals and seabirds watch and wait for this break in the endless polar winter that brings springtime to the Antarctic beaches... more

  Nature and Environment (E), Luc Jacquet (Frankreich) 52 min
19:55 “Bibliothek im Eis - Lutz Fritsch in der Antarktis”

The German Research Station Neumayer is located in the northern Weddel Sea, on the Ekström shelf- ice (70° 39’ south, 08° 15’ west). For technical reasons, the station was constructed under the ice. The working and living space of the nine... more

  Nature and Environment (D/E), Maria Anna Tappeiner, Reinhard Wulf (Deutschland) 44 min
20:40 “Bleiben oder Gehen”

A little village in the Swiss Alps, called Kiental, served Friedrich Dürrenmatt as an inspiration for his play “The Visit”. In the fifties the mysteriously unknown camera man Landtwing filmed the life of the village people. Christina Zurbrügg –... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Christina Zurbrügg, Michael Hudecek 59 min
21:40 “Sharks: Stewards of the Reef”

“Sharks: Stewards of the Reef” takes you on a voyage of underwater discovery, to explore tropical reefs and dive with sharks. The documentary describes the relationship between reef sharks, the coral reefs they inhabit and how both are in danger... more

  Nature and Environment (E), Holiday Johnson (USA) 27 min
22:10 “Das Reichraminger Hintergebirge – Die vergessenen Berge”

The Reichraminger Hintergebirge is not a “spectacular” landscape. During the last centuries it has only changed little and with its extended, jungle-like forest areas it offers an image which in former times was quite common in Central Europe... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Jürgen Eichinger (Deutschland) 44 min