Film program – 22 September, Wednesday

22 September, Wednesday

BIG HALL, Culture Center “Nikola Vapcarov”, 

 13:30 / 13:38 – Gonj/Honey Bee, Iran, 2019, Arman Gholipour Dashtaki, 8`

Gonj (honey bee) is a film displaying the attempt of mountainers who work in extreme Zagros mountains of Iran in the heigth more than 150m with elementary facilities and sever risks and difficulties. they give this pure and clear honey to the sick person in order to treat the various diseases.

13:38 / 13:58 –   Tic Toc, Argentina, 2019, Bianca Fidani, Nils Bailey, 20`

A group of explorers try to get to after a failed attempt to the Trébol Lake, crossing through the Valdivian rainforest in the Aysen region, in Chile. This way, delving deeper in the world of exploration, the depth of nature and friendship.

 13:58 /  15:54 –  A Dream of Edwin Drummond, UK, 2020, Paul Diffley, 55`

 Edwin Drummond was known for his poetic writings, bold first ascents and urban protest climbs; such as his 1978 anti-apartheid ascent of Nelson Column. He combined philosophy, talent and a greatly individual approach to leave an immense physical and literary legacy. The film makes use of archive material, reconstructions and animation to take you on a journey through the mind and climbs of one of the greatest characters to ever grace the UK climbing scene.

15:55 / 16:00 –  Spellbound, New Zealand, 2020, Richard Sidey, 5`

Wingsuit BASE jumping is often presented as a thrill seeking adrenaline rush. Spellbound takes us deeper into the more contemplative aspects of jumping, as David Walden and friends venture into the mountains around his home in New Zealand. Beautiful scenery and hypnotic cinematography eject us from our daily lives into a world of air, earth and flight.

TURZESTVENA HALL, Culture Center “Nikola Vapcarov”

 11:30 / 11:52 –  Ognjilo/Sparks, Montenegro, 2020, Vladimir Perović, 22`

A man lives his obsolete life of a highlander, merged with his karstic environment (south-western Montenegro). The days go by, the seasons, and the years. And slowly an odd, metal neighbour is settling down onto his land. Thus, our hero’s environment and the primeval landscape have been changed, but his life remains the same. The two worlds meet but do not touch…

11:52 / 12:20 – A сад се спушта вече / Then comes the evening, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2019, Maja Novaković, 28`

The documentary depicts bittersweet life of two grannies living isolated on the hills of Eastern Bosnia. Nature is the entity with which grannies speak, listen to and respect. The film emphasizes the intangible cultural heritage, through the presentation of chants and rituals for taming the adverse weather, hail, and storm. It reflects the simplicity and purity of their way of life, as well as their painstaking work. The action of the film is the everyday life in the countryside, which shows the caring and intimacy of the grannies, both in their mutual relations and in the relationship with nature. Poetic tone of the frames relies on references from genre scenes of realism paintings.

 12:30 / 13:30 – break

 12:30 / 13:30  – Opening ceremonyExhibitionsSee exhibitions

 13:30 / 13:45 – Harda/The Tough, Poland, 2019, Marcin Polar, 15`

 The Tough carries a lot of meanings: defiant, vicious, resistant, relentless, strong, resilient, cold, hard. The film’s protagonist had a good reason to choose this name for his discovery – a place he has to face where he tangibly learns about all those characteristics, and also literally the hard way. It stirs his imagination while abruptly and obsessively pushing him forward. The camera follows him, step by step, taking part in the exploration of spaces never seen before, which increasingly resist the delicate human matter. | | The main character of the movie is Jarosław Surmacz, one of the discoverer of Harda (The Tough) Cave in the Tatra Mountains in Poland.

 13:45 / 13:47 Keep Busy, Slovenia, 2020, Mitja Legat, 2`

During the recent pandemic we were instructed to stay in quarantine and limit our social contacts, which left many people on their own. Yet there is a big difference between being ALONE and being LONELY. In a way, this strange times, where also an opportunity to rediscover yourself and do the things we usually do not have time for.  Keeping busy and being out in the nature always calms our inner fears and opens up different, more positive channels in our brains. So keep pushing, keep dreaming, keep creating, keep smiling and most importantly, KEEP BUSY! The video was made during quarantine of 2020, in the mids of movement restrictions, thus the whole project is made in municipality of Kranj. All artists joined the project on voluntary basis, as an answer to cancellations and losing work in the arts, musical and also sports industries. In the style of the video itself, everyone included wished to “keep busy” and joined forces in hope that the project inspires the viewers to do the same!

 13:47 / 14:13 –  Skiing the fire ring, Slovenia, Croatia, 2019, Miha Deisinger, Ivica Kostelić, 26`

Skiing the Fire Ring is a story of four friends who make the journey far into the heart of Iceland, with the intention of skiing on the still intact slopes of the volcanoes of Herdubreid and Askja. The expedition leader is the legendary alpine skier Ivica Kostelic, who is a great fan and supporter of so-called green expeditions.

14:13 / 14:23 Man yek parandeh hastam/I`m a bird, Iran, 2019, Abedin Mohammadi, 20`

Every few years, a festival is held on the slopes of Biston Mountain called the Rock Climbing Festival, which is attended by people from different countries. In this documentary, a Swiss athlete who jumps in a Vinceto jump jumps down from the 3100-meter wall of Biston. The athlete talks about his feelings about traveling to Iran and the challenges and pleasures she has faced.

14:23 / 14:40 – Alpamayo trek, Czech Republic, 2019, Ivo Košík, 14`

What awaits you and will not pass, you have here.

14:40 / 14:54 –  The Ridge of Dreams, Argentina, 2019,  Ben Sturgulewski, Zack Giffin,  24`

Two best friends with very different views on life embark on a search for a mythical unskied mountain.

 14:54 / 16:00 – Il Passo dell`aqua/The pace of water, Italy, 2019, Antonio Di Biase, 52`

 From the summit of the Abruzzo mountains to the Adriatic Sea, there are still people who live with a direct contact with nature: Domenico, an old shepherd who spends his days with his flock of sheep in high altitude, without electricity and water; Nisida, a 90 year old widow who, moved by her faith, decides to undertake a pilgrimage to the Heremitage of Saint Bartolomeo; Nicola, a retired fisherman who lives with a white cat in the ruins of his old fishing village surrounded by the modern city.

 16:00 / 18:00 – break – See exhibitions

 18:30 – Central Square “Nikola Vapcarov” Opening ceremony of Banskofilmfest`2021

Central Square “Nikola Vapcarov

 18:30 / 20:00  – Opening ceremony of Banskofilmfest`2021

 Offical part, dancers and singers from Bansko city

20:00 /  20:16 – Izgrevi, Bulgaria, 1978, Konstantin Kostov 

20:16 / 20:41 – Sweet Home Kamchatka, Spain, 2020, Pep Cuberes Esgleas, Xavier Esgleas Tarifa, 25`

Ekaterina Osichkina, 19 years old and Ski Mountaineering Junior World Champion. She has made Kamchatka well known inside this sport’s community. Is it because her overwhelming dominance? or her great charisma? We follow her in the Russian far East, where we are all going to discover the wild beauty of this remote place while we climb a few volcanoes more active than we thought.

20:41 / 21:41 – Climbing Blind, UK, 2019, Alastair Lee, 60`

 Jesse Dufton was born with 20% central vision. At four years of age Jesse was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa: a rare genetic disease that breaks down the retinas’ cells. At aged 20 Jesse could no longer read, by the time he was 30 his vision was reduced to just light perception with around 1 or 2% field of view. As a life long climber, Jesse flies in the face of adversity training for world cup events and leading traditional rock climbs with his sight guide and fiancee Molly. As his sight degenerates his climbing continues to make remarkable progress. Despite his devastating condition Jesse only takes on bigger challenges by attempting to be the first blind person to make a ‘non-sight’ lead of the iconic Old Man of Hoy sea stack in Scotland. |This engrossing documentary will make you laugh and cry as it delivers not just a truly gripping climbing story but a tale of human endeavor and attitude the world can take inspiration from. Includes cameo appearances from the likes of Neil Gresham, Leo Houlding, and Pete Whittaker.

Special program – “They can – peoplewith disabilities and extreme sports”










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