Press Release – Programme Published                                                                                                               2019-09-03

Bergfilm Tegernsee, 17th International Festival from 16 – 20 October 2019

Exciting Prospects of Great Mountain Stories

This year, 79 films from 30 countries have made into the freshly published programme of the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival happening in October. The winner of the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee will be selected by the jury. But every festival guest can already determine his or her favourite films and ideally secure tickets straight away.

They are appealing, make you want more – and all too often they make it hard to choose. Wouldn’t it be great to conquer all peaks at once, to penetrate into the farthest corners of the mountain world, to meet shy animals up close and to accompany unique individuals for a while on their life path – if only for the short duration of a film at the Mountain Film Festival in Tegernsee in October. Anyone who browses through the recently published programme and reads the concise but compelling 79 film descriptions will get inextricably drawn into the fantastic world of the mountains – and of the movies.

At times loud and spectacular, at others quiet and very gentle, mountain films will once again inspire viewers in six screening venues in Tegernsee. These cinematic investigations of the multifaceted theme of the mountains are diverse and always unique. Regardless of whether the focus is on well-known personalities such as extreme mountaineer Hans Kammerlander or on spectacular performances, such as the Oscar-winning climbing film “Free Solo”.

Four world premieres are included in the Tegernsee programme: a charming portrait of Austrian ski instructor Toni Sponar, who since emigrating to the USA over 50 years ago has been experiencing two ski seasons every year – one in Colorado and one in Chile; the short film experiment “When the Mountain Speaks” by film maker Puria Ravahi from the Bavarian town of Rosenheim, and “Mythical Cerro Torre”, in which Reinhold Messner explores the controversial first ascension of Patagonia’s dream mountain by Cesare Maestri. Moreover, Bernhard Aicher premieres his cinematic investigation “Death on the Nile”, in which he traces the river journey of Bavarian student Franz Heigermoser on his pioneering kayak trip along the Nile.

Time and again, the narrow line between success and failure becomes apparent. This transpired as recently as in April during a fatal climbing accident involving Tyrolean Hansjörg Auer and David Lama in Canada. Both were previously guests in Tegernsee, both fascinated viewers, each in his own way. The Tegernsee festival hosts reserve a separate screening block to commemorate these two exceptional mountaineers.

A festival like the one in Tegernsee is always keenly remembered for special encounters and images. Some of these can change a person’s perspective and thus create new understanding. Suddenly we realise just how sensitive and vulnerable the seemingly mighty mountain world is or we see that the toughest rock walls are not populated by gymnastics-loving nutters but attract truly outstanding personalities. “It’s those carefully told stories most of all, full of respect for the mountain and their protagonist, that keep inspiring us,” Festival Director Michael Pause most aptly sums up the fascination of mountain film.

Information: Sonderbüro Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee, Phone +49 8022 / 1801-37
Advance ticket sales (advance sale starts on 13 September) and programme available online: or
All films and fringe events are described in detail inside the festival programme and online.