Film program – 20 November, Wednesday

Film program


20 November, Wednesday


Turzestvena Hall


11:00 / 11:25 – The Traditional Brazilian Family KATU, Brazil, Rodrigo Sena, 25`

This movie is a call for help made by the forest guardians, Brazilian Indians; Produced in the year 2007, a photographic essay realized in recognition of the indigenous roots, portrayed twelve adolescents belonging to Eleutério do katu, RN Brasil. Twelve years later the photographer returns to katu in search of these protagonists, now adults, to know about his personal trajectories and his world views.


11:25 / 11:40 –  The Height, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Elmira Khasanova, 15`

The short documentary film answers to the main question: “Why do people go to the mountains”. The film is about mountains and people, who go up there. It shows their beauty and greatness. Why even after mountaineerers continue climb up to the mountains.


11:40 / 11:55 – Barbaris/Barberry ,Kyrgyzstan, 2019, Adilet Baktybekov, 15`

The film describes children who are collecting barberry. Friendship and grudges between these young boys show how they are overcoming and fighting the challenges of life.


Special  program “Destination: Water


11:55 / 12:30 –Underwater Grisons, Switzerland, 2017, Bertilla Giossi, 30`

Graubünden is actually not the canton of the mountains and the valleys, but primarily the canton of the lakes, there are 615 in total. Their depths hide surprises, treasures and secrets. For example, the trees in the Lej da Segl: At 28m depth are two rooted larches. How old are you and why are you in the lake? Or Lag La Cresta: a dense fog is swallowing the divers at its bottom. At Lai da Marmorera the desire to find the last traces of the sunken village always awakens. The film Underwater Grisons with unknown and incredible insights in Graubünden’s Unterseewelt.


12:30 – 13:30 – break


12:30 / 13:30  – Opening ceremony – Exhibitions –See exhibitions



13:30 / 14:15 – Kukuczka, Poland, Jerzy Porebski, 45’

A documentary film by Jerzy Porębski dedicated to Jerzy Kukuczka, one of the world’s best high-altitude mountaineers, the second man to have captured  the Crown of the Himalayas, the legendary climber who died over 20 years ago. What was so special about him? How did he contribute to the world’s Himalayan mountaineering? How is he perceived and recalled by other legendary Himalayan mountaineers and his family? What were and what are now the goals and motivation in the high mountains? Is he at the present time still an example for other people to follow? These are the questions asked by Jerzy Porębski in the film.

Special screeningsMemory” – Remembering Jerzy Kukuczka, 30 years from the death of the legendary Polish mountaineer.


14:15 / 14:50 – Bartang Bardam, Germany, Tadjikistan, 2017, Kilian Reil, 34`

The Pamir Mountains in Central Asia are widely known among extreme mountaineers or cyclists. The fact that the political system cannot cope with the problems of infrastructure, medical care and poverty is of secondary importance. Not for the doctors couple Gisela and Peter Bondes from Berchtesgaden / Germany. For some years they have been setting up a health station in Basid in the Bartang Valley, training the local doctors and thus doing valuable development work. Until December 2015, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 disrupts the work.


14:50 / 15:40 – The Tatra Mountains – Life on the Edge, Slovenia, 2017, Erik Balaz, 50`

The Tatra mountain range looms high above the clouds like an island – the smallest high mountain group on earth. A unique environment with unique challenges: some species have thrived here since the ice age, like shipwrecked sailors. Chamois and marmots have even evolved particular subspecies. The chamois are well equipped for the harsh climate, in spite of the snowstorms that can even break out in the middle of summer. The marmots, meanwhile, spend more than half the year asleep during daytime. Other animals, like red deer and bears, repopulated the region after the end of the ice age. Since then, they’ve tried to master the various challenges of this mountainous world. How have they managed? The second part of the series focuses on exactly this question, and shows how different species have adapted to life at great heights.

15:45 / 16:00 – break

16:00 / 17:03 – 4 Years in 10 Minutes, Serbia, 2018, Mladen Kovacevic, 63`

Vintage footage of alien landscapes and mystical mental states, shot by the first Serbian man to climb Mount Everest, is woven with puzzling excerpts from his diary, composing an experimental meditation on a journey to eternal glory, and back to the banality of everyday life; a journey that changed him in ways he never intended.


Visitor`s Infromation Center Hall


11:30 / 11:42 –Mountains, Croatia, 2018, Hrvoslava Brkusic, 12`

The starting point for this work were the slides found at Zora Film, a company that produced educational films in the 1950s. Intended to be used as visual tools during geography classes, these images were taken in different parts of the world. However, the author choses to work with only one motif – that of the mountains. By using complex post-production methods, which include digital and analogue technologies, the photographs on the slides come to life, transforming themselves in moving images. The mountains seem to grow more and more distant, and cease to look real. The film turns into an psychogeographical journey, that leads the viewer into various, sometimes intense inner states


11:42 / 11:46 – Peak, Bulgaria, 2019, Stefan Voyvodov, 4` – animation

The law of the mountain and the raw beauty of time.

11:46 / 12:16The dome of universe, Iran, 2018, Mahmoud Nazeri, 30`

A small city near the highest mountain in Iran, with culture, history, several thousand years architecture, a very beautiful nature and people with traditional life.


12:16 / 12:30 – Comfort Zones, Scotland, 2018, Stefan Morrocco, 12`

As skiers we all have to develop our own comfort zones. They will vary from person to person, depend on different factors — such as techniques, strength, risk attitudes — and cover different types of skiing, e.g. on-piste, off-piste, or ski-mountaineering. Comfort Zones explores what motivates some people to expand their comfort zones and move from piste skiing to explorative steep gully skiing in Scotland.


12:30 / 13:30 – break


12:30 / 13:30  – Opening ceremonyExhibitionsSee exhibitions


13:30 / 14:20 – La conqusta del K2, Italy, 2004, Alessandro Varketa  – with the assistance of the Museum of the Luigi Amedeo di Savoie Mountains, Duke of Abruzzo in Turin.


Contemporary look at the history of the K-2 (8611 m) with the participation of some of those who made its first ascent 50 years ago (July 31, 1954) – Akile Compagnoni, Lino Lacelli, Hugo Angelino, Enrico Abram and others.

Special screenings – 65th Anniversary of the first ascent of K2


14:20 / 14:50 – Beni – Speedtransalp, Italy, German, 2018, Dario Tubaldo, 29`

For this route from Ruhpolding (GER) to Kasern (ITA), 210 kilometers and more than 10000 meters of vert, recreational athletes need approximately five to seven days. Benedikt Boehm is aiming for the magic time limit of 36 hours, non-stop. The risk of complete exhaustion is very big during this project. In 2006, Beni did this same route on touring skis together with five colleagues. with the name of “Hannibal,” the six athletes broke the then-record time of three days for the route.

14:50 / 14:53Jazmín y La Ceiba, Mexico, 2019, Eduardo Quiroz Barrios, 3`

Life begins and ends in a ceiba. Jazmin and his cousin are children from the Mayan community who spend their childhood near the ceiba.

14:53 /15:27 –  Osikovo, Bulgaria, 2019, Cvetanka Nikolva, 30`

Rodopite – There is a magic in this sacred mountain, protecting the memory of ancient civilizations and hiding amazing beauties.There are places which grab you from first sight and make you fall in love with them and this is one of them. The village of Osikovo captivates with its primal and raw beauty. Its houses are alighted on the slopes of Chernatica Ridge, and from above it seems like the hills are shaped as a crown. The endless forests, mountain meadows, scattered with flowers and herbs, the blueness of the sky charm and enchant you. Whenever you look at the panorama, it just grabs you. The village is small; it’s shrunken like a nest under the ridge. You’ll find it like it used to be 20 years ago or maybe even 50, and that’s its charm! The clock measures a slower, but more real, human time. Here the people are different, good, kind, and hospitable. There is no hotel, but you’re always welcome in every home here.


15:30 / 16:00  – break


16:00 / 17:00 – Lost Kings of Bioko, Germany, 2018, Oliver Goetzl, 56`

Off the coast of Central Africa lies an isolated island, covered by primeval rainforest and surrounded by dark ocean waters, inhabited by a greater variety of species than nearly any other place on Earth this terra incognita is called BIOKO. The ruler of this realm is one of the world’s least known primate species, the drill. Historically revered, indigenous folklore tells us of a drill king who ruled the island’s forests, a place where drills still play a critical role in the health of an ecosystem known to scientists as a biodiversity hotspot. Bordering this kingdom is the black sand coastline, an ancient nesting ground for giant sea turtles and home to natural wonders. This film explores the secret lives of drills and their mysterious island home as we follow a family group and a newborn who discovers this tropical paradise with all its challenges for the first time.



Big Hall

18:30 / 20:00  – Opening ceremony of Banskofilmfest`2019



Remembering David Lama (Austria) – special screening


Lunag Ri, Germany, 2016, Joachim Hellingen, 18`

When he closes his eyes and thinks of Nepal, snow- capped mountains aren’t what first comes to David Lama ́s mind. Instead he sees green valleys – and the little village where his father grew up. The Austrian alpinist visited Nepal earlier than most western mountaineers. When he was a toddler his parents used to carry him around on their backs, right now they are following their son with David setting the pace. The family has come to visit his father’s relatives. But for David it’s not the only reason to return to Nepal. This time he is also drawn to the high mountains. Accompanied by American alpine legend Conrad Anker, he wants to climb Lunag Ri (6907m): an unclimbed peak with a technically challenging north west ridge. Given David’s light and fast climbing style and Conrad’s vast experience of expedition climbing it shouldn’t be impossible for them to tackle the mountain. However, they’ve underestimated the ridge.


Remembering Hansjorg Auer (Austria) guest of Bansko film fest 2015


Hansjörg Auer – No Turning Back, Italy, 2017, Damiano Levati, 30’

Approaching the personality of one of the greatest contemporary mountaineers, solo and big wall climbers – Austrian Hansjörg Auer, who was an official guest of Banskofilmfest in 2015.


Bulgarian premiere of the film:


Iceberg Nations, Spain, 2019, Fernando Martín Borlán, 4`

Nations are liquid and ephemeral but, what is a nation?



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