03_Presse Release_ Remembrance                                                       10/2019

For the Sake of Remembrance 

A great anniversary, a milestone birthday and a tragedy cater reasons to look back: to a great institution and to three individuals who have influenced mountain sports in different ways.   

The Everest was only a beginning: Sir Edmund Hillary
At the end of May 1953 two men were the first humans to reach the planet’s highest point: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. On the occasion of Edmund Hillary’s 100th birthday on 20 July 2019, this Mountain Film Festival’s Retrospective (Thursday, 17 October) is dedicated to the famous New Zealander who died in 2008. Hillary appears in history books because of his grand mountaineering deed. However, he conquered the hearts of people by means of his great social and humanitarian contributions – his efforts in Nepal were ceaseless. With the documentaries “The Ascent of Everest” and “Beyond Everest – Der Everest war nur ein Anfang” (The Everest was only a Beginning) Festival Director Michael Pause uses this evening to expose both facets. Moreover, images of current projects run by the Edmund Hillary Association, located in Bad Wiessee, are on show. Naturally, knowledgeable guests are expected to comment on events at Mt Everest. By the way: On this night, proceeds from the Mountain Film Festival Preview screened at Munich’s Praterinsel will be donated to the Hillary Association. Moreover, an autographed Hillary book and a 5-dollar bill bearing Hillary’s portrait will be raffled off. 
Date: 17 October, 8 pm, Barocksaal

Anniversary: The German Alpine Club (DAV) turns 150
Naturally, this year places the German Alpine Club’s 150th anniversary at the centre of the traditional German Alpine Club Night (DAV-Abend) on Friday. Since the Mountain Film Festival’s inauguration in 2003, the Club has been one of its supporters. The documentary “Von Höhen und Tiefen – 150 Jahre DAV” (Ups and Downs – 150 Years of DAV) is a gripping journey into the Alpine Club’s history – and thus into the history of mountaineering itself. Exposed to the pressure zone between alpinism and tourism, between unblemished nature and commercial playgrounds, the DAV has evolved from a pioneer of mountain sports to a modern environmental and sports association. The second film of the night casts a critical glance at the new Olympic sub-discipline of speed climbing. Certainly, participation at the Olympic games opens up tremendous possibilities for the sport. But what will be the consequences for traditional alpine climbing? The night’s hosts Michael Pause (Barocksaal) and Michael Düchs (Sporthalle) will have thrilling conversations with their guests on the issues of Olympics and the anniversary.
Date: 18 October, 8 pm, Barocksaal and Sporthalle (in reverse order)

In memoriam: David Lama and Hansjörg Auer
Not only the mountain sports scene was shaken up in April this year, when Tyrolean extreme mountaineers David Lama and Hansjörg Auer and their rope partner Jess Roskelley lost their lives in an avalanche in Canada. Both impressed Tegernsee audiences in recent years with their presence. The moving documentaries “David Lama im Porträt” (A Portrait of David Lama) and “Hansjörg Auer – No turning back” demonstrate in poignant fashion what made the two Tyroleans into such renowned and exceptional alpinists. Peter Habler, who took David Lama under his wings at an early point in time, used the opportunity of his 75th birthday to once again climb the Eiger North Face with his “adopted son”: “Ich will die Welt von oben sehen” (I Want to See the World from Above) is the title of a film shown at the end of this commemorative night.   
Date: 18 October, 8 pm, Medius