Film Festival at St. Anton am Arlberg from 27th to 30th August
20 year reunion for the alpine sports elite
"Mountains – People – Adventure” is the motto of the traditional St. Anton am Arlberg Film Festival which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Film makers, adventurers from around the world and an unprecedented number of world class athletes will converge at St. Anton from 27th to 30th August. For example, climbing legend Beat Kammerlander, the Japanese World Champion, Yuji Hirayama, Peter Ortner, belay partner for climber extraordinaire, David Lama and Freeride-Queen, Lorraine Huber, have all confirmed their attendance. Extraordinary adventures will be portrayed in 27 films, over half of which are premieres, at this prestigious and popular “Reunion”. www.filmfest-stanton.at
What is it that motivates extreme athletes to delve even deeper into the far flung corners of our planet? Answers to this question and more will be delivered by the participating protagonists at the St. Anton am Arlberg Film Festival. This year’s films concentrate heavily on the diversity of climbing and are more international than ever.
Bouldering stars, Anna Stöhr and Kilian Fischhuber, will open the Film Festival with „Melting Pot“ and offer visitors exciting insights into the Innsbruck competition climbing scene and their global outdoor projects. Hansjörg Auer presents a preview of his first ascent of the 7,400 metre high Kunyang Chhish East in Pakistan. And climber extraordinaire, David Lama, has set another milestone in the world of alpine climbing: He trained for three years to free-climb the Cerro Torre in Patagonien – formerly considered to be unconquerable. His climbing partner, Peter Ortner, as well as Markus Pucher and Toni Ponholzer, who also climbed to the summit via the west face with the cameraman, will all be attending the Film Festival in St. Anton.
The documentary, „Episoden einer Erstbegehung – Episodes of a First Ascent”, shows Beat Kammerlander putting his resourcefulness to the test while setting up an extremely difficult route in Rätikon, close to the Silbergeier“ and „Unendliche Geschichte“, free-climbing routes.
In the meantime, Japan’s most famous climber, Yuji Hirayama, impresses with his light-footed climbing style and carefree philosophy of life. The premiere of „Free Range Turkey“ introduces the World Champion in person as he masters Turkey’s most challenging climbing route.
Away from the climbing scene, many other protagonists have pushed themselves to their absolute limits. Be it “By Paddle and Pedal” through Norway, freeride adventures on skis „From A to K“ or on highly strung slack lines amidst the peaks of the Sextener Dolomites. Performing artist, Armin Holzer, aptly summarizes the film „Absolute Freiheit“: „We don’t need a Ferrari or loads of money; we are more than happy with an elastic band“.
Filmfest 2014 - Programme