13th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival:
Jury Statement

Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee (€ 3,000)
“Miejsce – The Place”  by Julia Poplawska (Poland)

No matter how short – this film embodies great cinema and gets its audiences thinking. What we see here is a new approach to mountain film, one that manages to tell everyday stories with limited means - yet in exciting fashion. The director sounds out her full creative potential.
You never see the mountains, yet you can feel them – not least because of the unusual camera angles. The film renounces any voiceover commentary. Similarly to the Kubrik production, it stimulates viewers in atmospheric ways by means of static camera work. Everything seems to be in balance – until a knock is heard on the door.
The production convinces with emphatic music, exciting camera work and otherworldly coloration. A seemingly boring work place turns into a mystical adventure. One feels transported into another world – while remaining firmly on terra firma.
Powerful. Precise and with linger factor.

Prize by the German Alpine Club for the Best Alpine Film in the Category of “Mountain Experience” (€ 1,000)
“First Ascent – Kunyang Chhish East” by Milena Holzknecht, Alessandro Bandinelli, Matteo Vettorel (Italien)

An amusing and likeable mountain film starring three young optimists. Only when things get really tough on the mountain, the boys begin to think they might be on the wrong set … Minimal cinematography results in maximal impact – without over-taxing the light-footed, modern camera work. Precisely that is what makes this film so intense. A ubiquitous theme becomes exciting through powerful images. The protagonists’ Spartan ways guarantee 37 entertaining minutes.
This quiet and thoughtful film narrates conflict on the mountain without hyperbole. Neither does it spare viewers. All in all a likeable and authentic production, demonstrating that true camaraderie exists on the mountain!

Best Film in the Category “Mountain Life” (€ 1,000)
“Sunakali – A Girl’s Dream Becomes Reality” by Bhojraj Bhat (Nepal)

A global theme takes us to a faraway world. Football plays an important role in a remote village in the Himalayas. The film tells a moving and unconventional story that conveys a very different idea of the Himalayas: underprivileged girls are given a chance for a better future. At the same time, the film is thought-provoking: Sunakali and her female co-footballers put one foot onto modern ground and get to feel for just a moment what it is like to break free from their village.
Bhojraj Bhat demonstrates great empathy for the fight against societal constraints and manages to break with tradition. We become eye-witnesses of how five girls penetrate a male domain. With his camera, yet without any technical frills Bhat simply follows these young women around, giving us the impression of being right on site.
The film displays the generation gap in Nepal affecting a nation which is rapidly transforming.

Best Film in the Category “Mountain Nature” (€ 1,000)  /
Otto Guggenbichler Prize for a Junior Filmmaker  (€ 1,000)
«La Quête d’Inspiration: Alexandre Deschaumes, Photographies éthérées » by Mathieu Le Lay (France)

True eye candy: every image resembles a painting! The film maker suggest that planet earth is a rare exception. The photographer’s artistic process is well represented and we are allowed to witness his interpretations of breath-taking nature. The film presents extraordinary footage and its protagonist’s personal testimonies grant deeper insights into the conflicting world of the photographer. Why does he expose himself to the inhospitable forces of nature? At the end of the film he wonders whether his work even makes sense any more. But like any decent mountaineer, he is determined not to quit before reaching his goal.
The film is original, surprising and high- spirited on all levels – it reminds one of the most precious travelogues by Bruce Chatwin.

Honourable Mention by the Jury (non-cash prize)

“Yosemite – Valley Uprising” by Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen (USA)
A film to marvel at! This unique documentary reaches a broad audience. In humorous and authentic ways it traces a very important development within the US climbing scene. The film does not give into commercial pressures but retains the creativity and spontaneity of an independent low budget production.
It follows a distinct golden thread instead of getting bogged down: how the human presence burdens nature more and more. A freely accessible habitat turns into a strongly regulated nature park and tourist attraction.
A unique overview over one of the world’s greatest climbing meccas. Legends of the sport come to live and can be experienced at first hand.

“Alexandre, fils de berger” by Anne and Erik Lapied (France)
The umptieth film about life with sheep – and yet: excellent camera work and perfect pacing make it worth watching as well as its renunciation of idealisation and romanticism. It shows the everyday life of a family of shepherds from the vantage point of very empathetic film makers who do not shy away from unexpected escapades.
An utterly non-artificial documentary about today’s life between tradition and modernity.

“Jurek” by Pavel Wysoczański (Poland)
Long overdue, this film introduces one of the greatest alpinists of all times: Jurek Kukuczka and his uncompromising mountaineering style. Finally, this great Polish legend receives a cinematic homage which portrays him and all the contradictions that permeated his life.
The film maker works with original documents, which reflect the spirit of the times and the challenge of Poland’s communist era.

“Žiť pre Vášeň – Live for Passion!” by Pavol Barabaš (Slovakia)
This film transports poetic emotions – the soul of the people becomes interconnected with the soul of the mountain. The film carries this theme on all levels across 90 minutes. Powerful portrayals of nature combine with directly recorded conversations and a suitable musical soundtrack and result in its lyrical atmosphere. Moreover, this film serves as a perfect role model for all mountaineers!

Audience Prize (€ 1,000)
“Kühe, Käse und drei Kinder” by Susanna Fanzun (Switzerland)