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Mountaineering Film Festival with 35 films and 8 lectures

The Mountain Film Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary in style! Between 12 and 17 February, 35 mountaineering films will be screened in Ljubljana, Domžale, Radovljica and Celje.Three of them will be premiered at the festival: Viharnik z roba (The Storm from the Edge), Tam, kjer tečejo kozorgi (Where the ibexes run) and Himalajska bojevnika (The Himalayan Warriors). Stories with a capital letter will be brought to life in lectures by mountaineers Krzystof Wielicki and Leszek Cichy, Mikhail Fomin, Edu Marin, Matteo Della Bordella and Rado Fabjan, sports climber Mina Markovič, photographer and filmmaker Rožle Bregar, mountaineering history researcher Dušan Škodič, and in a photography exhibition by festival director Silvo Karo.

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Za 18. izdajo festivala so prejeli 78 filmov ter za tekmovalni program izbrali osem alpinističnih, devet plezalnih, devet filmov o gorah, športu in avanturi in prav toliko filmov o gorski naravi in kulturi. Ocenjevala jih bo mednarodna strokovna žirija, v kateri so nekdanja ustvarjalka oddaje Gore in ljudje in naravovarstvenica Marjeta Keršič Svetel, alpinist in gorski vodnik Tomaž Jakofčič ter nemški novinar, gorniški publicist in filmski ustvarjalec Tom Dauer.

Kot so sporočili iz Društva za gorsko kulturo iz Domžal, ki festival organizira, bo letos v središču pozornosti kultna smer Eternal Flame v karakorumskem stolpu Nameless Trango Tower v Pakistanu. Tega se dotikata švicarski film Večna lenoba in ameriški film Goreči plamen, v smer pa bo na predavanju popeljal tudi španski alpinist Edu Marin, ki je leta 2022 v njej opravil drugi prosti vzpon.

Predvajali bodo tudi ameriški film Plezanje kot upor, ki se po navedbah organizatorjev dotakne trenutnih družbenopolitičnih razmer na Bližnjem vzhodu. Poleg alpinističnih, plezalnih in športnih filmov bodo zavrteli še nekaj etnografskih dokumentarnih filmov: poljski film Sanje strica Vakha, italijanski film Darovi čakanja in španski film Gora spominov. Iz Francije bosta na ogled jamarski film Raziskovalci podzemlja in Mongolija: Dolina medvedov o barvitosti prostrane nomadske Mongolije.

The history of mountaineering will be explored in the Bosnian documentary Himalayan Warriors, about the 50-year friendship between mountaineers Stipe Božić and Viki Grošelj, and in the Swiss film The Spider in Patagonia, about the history of the conquest of the Patagonian mountains. In the same category is tonight's opening film, Storm from the Edge, 100 Years of the Skalaše, which tells the story of the Skala Tourist Club and its key players, such as Klement Jug, Joža Čop and Pavla Jesih. It is a documentary-feature film created by screenwriter and director Igor Vrtačnik.

Six Slovenian films will also be screened on the big screen: the short animated film The Wild Rooster: The Secret Life of a Year and a Quarter by Jernej Myint, the LIFE Lynx project documentary Together for the Rise by Gregor Šubic and Timothy Vrtnik, and the short film On, In and Under the Sava by Rožle Bregar, the story of mountain runners on the Julian Alps Trail Run Where the Ibex Run by Aliash Tepina, a film about Nika and Andrea's cycling ascent of Kilimanjaro Silent Power by Petr Vrčkovnik and a short film about the passionate surfer D A NN O Č by Mitja Legat.

Author: Vesna Žarkovič

Date: 12. February 2024

Time to read: 3 min

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