Jury-Statement
15th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival – 18 – 22 Oct. 2017

 HONOURABLE MENTIONS:
“Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey” (Dave O’Leske, USA)
In a humorous ways, we are presented with the life story of a US mountaineering legend. Fred Beckey still climbs at age 93.

“Sloboda pod nákladom – Freedom under Load” (Pavol Barabaš, Slowakia)
Few people know about this mountain profession surviving in the High Tatra: men carry extreme loads across vertiginous paths to the mountain huts. Moving interviews and outstanding cinematography.

“Dhaulagiri – Ascenso al la montaña blanca”  (Cristián Harbaruk and Guillermo Glass, Argentina)
A violent disagreement results in tragedy on the mountain. A film that raises many questions regarding the dreams, friendships and risks of Alpinism through the medium of compelling images.

“Symphony on Skis” (Carla Braun-Elwert, New Zealand)
Two young women cross the glaciers of New Zealand from ocean to ocean. They follow a route in remembrance of their deceased father who once as a mountain guide accomplished a record time traverse. A very worthwhile montage of archive material and fascinating landscape images.

PRIZE FOR A JUNIOR FILM MAKER: 
“A mord’s Sauhaufen in a z’kloan Zelt” (Simon Platzer, Johannes Hoffmann and Jakob Schweighofer, Austria)

Refreshingly different: Great idea instead of a big budget. No heroism. Outstanding athletic achievements without putting them centre stage. Very entertaining and fun to watch.


BEST FILM IN THE CATEGORY MOUNTAIN LIFE:

“Becoming Who I Was”  (Chang-Yong Moon and Jin Jeon, South Korea)
Becoming Who I Was” opens the door to a foreign culture and religion, but it also achieves much more. It symbolises elemental values by conveying through strong and calm images how affection and trust can grow between two people. The story is narrated in such a deeply moving way that at times, we become uncertain whether we are watching a documentary or a fictional creation. The jury considers this a token of high quality.


BEST FILM IN THE CATEGORY MOUNTAIN NATURE: 
“Dessine-Moi un Chamois” (Véronique, Anne and Erik Lapied, France)
We experience the High Alps through the eyes of a small boy. Therefore, this film does not merely portray nature, it also shows the role mountain experiences play in the child’s life. Strong images of wild animals and landscapes leave their imprint on his slow progress of maturation. A nature film that also tells a successful story.


PRIZE BY THE GERMAN ALPINE CLUB FOR THE BEST ALPINE FILM IN THE CATEGORY MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE:
“Last Exit”   (Puria Ravahi, Germany)
This production questions the motivation behind BASE jumping and other extreme sports defined by high risk. A young BASE jumper becomes aware of his own compulsiveness and decides to quite a sport that claims so many deaths. He discovers his responsibility towards himself, his family and his friends. Convincingly portrayed over the course of seven minutes.

 

GREAT PRIZE OF THE CITY OF TEGERNSEE: 
“Still Alive  Drama am Mount Kenya (Drama at Mount Kenya) –  (Reinhold Messner (Austria)
This film represents a successful composition from valuable archive material, impressive eye witness accounts by two surviving Alpinists and re-enacted scenes. It dramatises the story of a rescue at Mt Kenya without adornment. Forsaking high pathos, mountain heroism and sensational images helps to make this film credible and gripping from beginning to end.