Thursday, September 03, 2015

Venice Lido: 72nd Film Festival –- Baltasar Kormakur – Everest

Photograph ASAC courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

Venice Lido: 72nd Film Festival –- Baltasar Kormakur – Everest. Everest, directed by Baltasar Kurmakur is an amazing 3D movie; it is so real, chilly and cold up there on the highest peak.  Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, it documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.
Above. The Everest film delegation; Baltasar Kormakur, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal Michael Kelly and Emily Watson.


  Photographs courtesy Universal Picture 

Everest - Josh Brolin

  Photographs courtesy Universal Picture 

Everest – Jake Gyllenhaal

  Photographs courtesy Universal Picture 

Out of Competition - Baltasar Kormakur – Everest

Director's statement: “In Iceland, my native country, nature is never far away. Volcanoes erupting and avalanches taking out villages on a regular basis, remind you of Mother Nature’s might. Having traveled on horses through the highlands of Iceland for weeks and no civilization in sight, I always wanted to tell a story of people faced with the extremes of nature and that way reveal their characters in a subtle way. Learning more and more who they are as they get deeper in. In my experience you will never learn to know your friends better than in such conditions, what they are made of, especially when it gets real. So being offered to tell a unique story on the world’s tallest mountain was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I could not shy away from. By telling this story I hope people will have more insight into the world of climbing and the commercialization of nature and spark enough interest to be part of that dialogue.” Baltur Kormakur.

Above. Jason Clarke.

  Photograph ASAC courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

“The very movie we will open with, Everest, tells us a true story.  It puts us in an uneasy spot of telling apart what has been filmed in studio and what has not.   This has been made possible by the advancement in filming techniques that made staged acts more and more believable.” Alberto Barbera, director of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

Baltasar Kormakur – Everest

Contessanally – amazing 3D – emotional – Oscar material – 9/10




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