Press Release       04/0ctober/2013

11th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival

German Alpine Club Prize for Autana
Forlorn in a tropical wilderness, Venezuela’s tepuis did not only attract German climbing star Stefan Glowacz. Two further teams, one of them equipped with musical instruments, embarked on the strenuous jungle track towards their overhanging rock faces. 
Those with the biggest budget were undoubtedly Stefan Glowacz and his ‘hunters of the moment’; they consequently delivered a perfectly orchestrated film with tremendous cinematography. This, however, did not sufficiently impress the jury.
By contrast, only minimal technical efforts were made by director Alastair Lee – who previously received the Best Alpine Film Prize in 2010 – and Leo Houlding during their adventure. They returned home and brought to Tegernsee a sort of counter project to the classic climbing film, which convinced not only the jurors but especially younger viewers: a gripping, hilarious road movie, following a cool bunch of guys who never take themselves all too serious. Such flippancy and openness however do not obscure the fact that here we are faced with ingenious climbers and fantastic, technically accomplished filmmakers.