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Alpine Documentation
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Program Saturday, 15. Nov. 2008

Details Saturday, 15. Nov. 2008

08:00 | Grazer Congress - Grüner Saal
Alle FestivalbesucherInnen können mit einer gelösten Karte des betreffenden Tages die Filme im Blauen Salon sehen. >> further information of the „Blauer Salon“
08:00 “The Original Whale Riders”

Laurent Soulier is a parasitologist specialized in marine mammals. He thinks he can save entire populations of whales by studying their lice! His mission is now to collect these precious parasites from living cetaceans... One whale is the size of... more

  Nature and Environment (E), Jean-Michel Corillion (Frankreich) 52 min
08:55 “Die Türkei”

Turkey is a bridge between Europe and Asia. Throughout history numerous species of animals and plants have migrated to Turkey from the Mediterranean region, the cool north, the steppes and mountain ranges of Asia and even from the arid... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Jan Haft (Deutschland) 45 min
09:40 “balance”

'balance' is a look into the rapidly growing world of newschool skiing. As the title suggests, this short film was edited to profile all aspects of the sport. Big Mountain Lines, Terrain Parks & Half Pipes, and Jibbing. With a refreshing mix of... more

  Adventure (n.v.), Paul Cotton (USA) 13 min
09:55 “Oman - Die Rosen der Wüste”

Fourty degrees in the shade are standard in summer. In winter it is hardly cooler. In the desert country Oman rain is an exception, natural rivers or lakes do not exist. Nevertheless, people living there have managed to make the desert flourish in... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Tilo Hoffmann (Deutschland) 52 min
10:50 “Red Bull X-Alps 2007”

30 athletes navigate 850 km through the massive Alpine range, racing against their competitors, physical exhaustion as well as the elements. They negotiate compulsory turning points at Austria’s icy Dachstein glacier, Italy’s Marmolada peak, the... more

  Adventure (D), Mario Kreuzer 87 min
12:20 “Man of the Glaciers”

The effects of climate change have a profound impact on our planet. French explorer Claude Lorius was one of the first to realize that the bubbles of air often trapped inside the ice would be unique indicators helping to reconstitute the climate... more

  Nature and Environment (E), Katarzyna Chambenoit (Frankreich) 50 min
13:15 “KAZA - ein Megapark für Elefanten”

Elephants keep walking until they find water, every year to another place. If necessary, they overcome incredible distances. In the last century, frontiers, fences, residential areas and mined territories hindered the elphants’ movement almost... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Cornelia Volk (Deutschland) 58 min
14:15 “The Eastern Sayan, Bii–Khem”

People of different ages and professions united into one team take the task to pass the picturesque summits and valleys of the Eastern Sayan mountains. Heavily packed, they travel on foot and by boat. The crew of rovers passes various passes... more

  Adventure (R/E), Oleg Dolzhenkov, Anna Dolzhenkova (Russland) 45 min
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15:05 “Mein Isental”

The Isen Valley (“Isental”) is one of the view Bavarian valleys in which there have not been built roads yet. From its source in Maitenbeth to where it flows into the Inn, the river Isen is about 76 km long. Cultivated and natural landscape merge... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Jan Haft (Deutschland) 43 min
15:50 “Remembering Gasherbrum I”

Fifty years ago, on July fifth, 1958, Andy Kauffman and Pete Schoening became the first humans to reach the summit of Gasherbrum I, 8068 meters (26,470 feet). Other members of the expedition were: Nick Clinch, Dick Irvin, Gil Roberts, Tom... more

  Alpine Documentation (E), Bob Swift (USA) 47 min
16:40 “Broad Peak - Das 8.000er Abenteuer”

The two friends Markus Pirer and David Otti participate in an anniversary expedition of the Austrian Alpine Club to Pakistan. Their goal is the 8047m high Broad Peak. This very personal film gives an insight into the fascinating world of high... more

  Alpine Documentation (D), Markus Pirer 39 min
17:20 “Juwel am Rande der Alpen”

The „Hochschwab“ is probably the most impressive massif on the eastern edge of the Alps. At the foot of the Hochschwab to its south you find one of the most stunning and imposing landscapes of the area, the “Tragößerland”. Surrounded by the steep... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Michael Gratz 45 min
18:10 “Zauberberge - Die Wildnis der Hohen Tatra”

In the heart of Europe there is a wild mountain landscape: the High Tatra. Like a well-kept secret this mountain range towers into the sky in the north of Slovakia. Watching the nature of the High Tatra means to undertake a journey in time, back... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Pavol Barabás, Harald Pokieser 52 min
19:05 “Oil and Water”

Two kayakers embark on the longest-ever biofuels-only road trip 35,000 kilometers from Alaska to Argentina in a retro-fitted Japanese fire truck named Baby. They converted their regular diesel engine to run on any kind of natural oil and followed... more

  Nature and Environment (E), Seth Warren (USA) 55 min
09:00 | Stefaniensaal Ticket Order
“Eigenbrötler – Fritz Sendlhofer”

Fritz Sendlhofer is Zell am See’s dinosaur. Although he lives in a remote place on a small mountain above the city, everyone knows him. This is not surprising, because Fritz is very convivial, the door of his house is always open for everybody... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Nadja von Thaden, Eva Walkner (Deutschland) 15 min
“Prinz der Alpen”

September in the Alps: the summer is already over on the peaks and meadows, and you can hear an impressive echo off the rock walls. The red deer rut is the most imposing event of the year. The strongest stags round up a group of females and defend... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Klaus Feichtenberger, Otmar Penker 53 min
“Jannu 20 Jahre später”

This documentary takes a retrospective look at an expedition that took place 20 years ago. The „Wall of Shadows“, the North Face of the Jannu which is 7,710 meters (25,295 ft) and part of the Himalaya range, is one of the most difficult walls to... more

  Alpine Documentation (D), Edmond Offner (Niederlande) 30 min
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“Leben am Abgrund – Die Bergretter vom Dachstein”

This documentary portrays three mountain rescuers on the Dachstein. This film gives an insight into their every-day life, witnesses their dramatic rescue operations and tries to find out how every individual person copes with the often very tragic... more

  Alpine Documentation (D), Jürgen Eichinger (Deutschland) 44 min
09:30 | Steiermarksaal Ticket Order
“Messners Alpen - Von Monaco zum Mont Blanc”

Reinhold Messner travels from high density areas in Monaco, through the wild and deserted Italian-French Western Alps and up to the north to the summit of the Mont Blanc. Only a few kilometres away from the luxurious metropolis, he reaches... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Herbert Habersack (Deutschland) 43 min
“Felssturz – Wenn die Berge brüchig werden”

The continous decrease of permafrost in the Alps has a catastrophic impact on the durability of the mountains. If the ice melts, the mountain loses its stability, the stone becomes poriferous und this results in great rock slides and spectacular... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Andrea Hauner (Deutschland) 29 min
“Höhenflug - Eine Expedition ans südliche Ende der Welt”

Twelve young and gifted alpinists, five geologists and four top-notch mountain guides dare a unique expedition in Patagonia. On behalf of the researchers the young alpinists get rock samples from the up to 1000-meter high granite spires of the... more

  Alpine Documentation (D), Roman Droux (Schweiz) 52 min
14:00 | Stefaniensaal Ticket Order
“LMA: Nepal – Im Land der Sherpa”

Dorje Sherpa is seven years old, lives in the small Nepalese village Bengka, and he wishes to see the highest mountains in the world. Together with his father and great-grandfather he sets off on a journey through fascinating landscapes, passing... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Peter Weinert, Dieter Glogowski (Deutschland) 45 min
“Das versunkene Tal - der Rottachsee”

Many things have changed within the last decades in the valley Rottachtal. However, few and far between one still can discover some leftovers of ancient times. This film depicts how this area has changed throughout the years, an area, where the... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Fridolin Baur (Deutschland) 43 min
“The Tangaroa Expedition”

Throughout his life Olav Heyerdahl has been listening to stories of his grandfathers famous Kon-Tiki expedition. Now he is going to play his own part in the continuing saga. 60 years after the historic Kon-Tiki, another balsa wood raft set sail... more

  Adventure (Nor/E), Haarvard Jenssen, Anders Berg (Norwegen) 58 min
14:30 | Steiermarksaal Ticket Order
“Zwischen Schönheit und Zerstörung - Die Ötztaler Alpen im Winter”

What is it that makes the relationship of humans living in the Alps and their home, the Alps, become so close? Hardly any other region in the Alps offers such great, sometimes truely grotesque contradictions within a limited space as the Ötztal... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Lorenz Knauer (Deutschland) 43 min
“On the Trail of the Fox”

We, three film makers and our assistant have come to a wild forest to seize never before seen images of the behaviour of foxes. We accepted this very special mission from Luc Jacquet, the director of “The March of the Penguins.” He is shooting a... more

  Nature and Environment (F/E), Jérôme Bouvier (Frankreich) 52 min
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“Grüß Gott Gams – Felix und die Wildschützen der Berge”

When the stags are belling and when – later – the chamois wander, nothing can stop them. They put on their masks, and pack their dismountable rifles into their backpack. „Grüß Gott Gams“ portrays three active poachers who are neither interested... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Christian Gramstadt, Christian Weisenborn (Deutschland) 89 min
nominiert für einen Preis (2008)
19:00 | Stefaniensaal Ticket Order
Presentation of Awards
08:00 | 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“
08:00 “Goldene Wachau - Schatz an der Donau”

It is considered as one of the most beautiful river landscapes on earth – the Wachau. Beside the National Park Donauauen, this is the only Austrian section of the Danube, where the river flows freely. Rocky narrowings alternate with smoothly... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Jürgen Eichinger (Deutschland) 44 min
08:45 “Zwischen Bayern und Tirol - Natur im Karwendel”

The inner Karwendel is an area embedded between Bavaria and Tyrol, a real gem that is hardly populated. Although this region belongs to Austria, it is only accessible from Bavaria. The film shows the local fauna and flora throughout the year, from... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Christian Herrmann (Deutschland) 44 min
09:30 “Mozart und die Dolomiten”

The film is composed of time accelerated sequences which reveal the beauty of the Italian Dolomite mountains as time passes and seasons change: clouds perform intricate dances with the mighty peaks, night falls and stars appear to create their own... more

  Nature and Environment (n.v.), Jean-Charles Cuillandre (Frankreich) 52 min
10:25 “Messners Alpen - Vom Eiger zum Matterhorn”

The Swiss Alps are Alps as we know them from picture books. The journey starts at the Eiger, a myth, where Reinhold Messner abseils from the north face together with Stephan Gruber, a permafrost reasearcher, in order to examine how climate change... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Herbert Habersack (Deutschland) 43 min
11:10 “Leben im Hochwasser”

Water is life, for without water nothing on earth can exist. But water can also mean death and destruction. When rivers flood their banks, then the element reveals its devastating power. Yet life in nature waits longingly each year for this event... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Florian Guthknecht, Doris Tromballa (Deutschland) 43 min
11:55 “Verbotenes Paradies - Die Tiere von Pripjat”

What would happen if all of a sudden there were no people on planet Earth? How and how fast would nature react to such a change? A remote place in Europe gives an answer to these questions. There we find a village that has been abandoned and... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Ellen Windemuth, Marion Pöllmann (Deutschland) 43 min
nominiert für einen Preis (2008)
12:40 “Zwischen Schönheit und Zerstörung - Die Ötztaler Alpen im Sommer”

What is it that makes the relationship of humans living in the Alps and their home, the Alps, become so close? Hardly any other region in the Alps offers such great, sometimes truely grotesque contradictions within a limited space as the Ötztal... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Lorenz Knauer (Deutschland) 43 min
13:25 “Hoch über der Savanne”

Peter Ragg lived an ordinary life as optician in his Austrian home town, until one day he made his dream of flying come true. He bought a Cessna and settled in Africa. Since then, he has had the most incredible adventures in the air: he flew wild... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Stefan Pannen (Deutschland) 43 min
14:10 “Peru - Das Fest des Schneesterns”

Once a year, thousands of people flock to the glacier of Qoyllur Rity, the “mountain of wishes” in the Peruvian Andes. Already before the Inkas, it was a spiritual place, where the mighty Gods of the Mountains – the Apus - were worshipped. More... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Joanna Michna, Thomas Wartmann (Deutschland) 43 min
14:55 “Am Ende der Abgeschiedenheit - Das Kaisertal”

The nearly 300 stairs of the Sparchenstiege are the only connection between the Kaiser Valley and the world outside. It is the only inhabited valley in Austria not accessible by streets. This valley is located near Kufstein, between the Wilder and... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Brigitte Kornberger (Deutschland) 44 min
15:40 “Polhavets Pionerer / Breaking the Ice – Arctic Style”

This film portrays the researcher and scientist Fridtjof Nansen. In the course of his expeditions, he carried out extensive gathering and measuring of meteorological and geophysical data in the Arctic Ocean. Nansen's ground-breaking ideas are... more

  Nature and Environment (Nor/E), Kurt Salo (Norwegen) 53 min
16:35 “Wildes Sardinien”

Who on earth knows that mouflon were introduced onto Sardinia about 6000 before Christ? Supposedly, the shy small wild sheep were brought all the way from Asia Minor to the Iberian Peninsula during the neolithic period – probably for cultic... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Andrea Rüthlein (Deutschland) 43 min
17:20 “carnets d'expédition : Arctique”

The Vikings who discovered America approximately 500 years before Christopher Columbus, probably did not survive the encounter with the local Inuits. In order to retrace the historical events, a French film team follows the trace of Eric the Red... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (F), Patrick Luzeux (Frankreich) 52 min
18:15 “Obcina”

Obcina is a small village hidden in the mountains. During summer dozens of Ruthenians live and work there. Before winter all of them leave the mountain village that is exposed to extreme weather. Only the family of Stefan Cut holds out, but this... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (Rum/D), Björn Reinhardt (Rum) 80 min