The film deals with something that is not easy for regular people to understand. But the original ‘dirtbag’ Fred Beckey was different. The phrase ‘Will belay for food!!!’ shows how strong his beliefs are. We admire how he lived his life because we understand just how difficult it is to live your life, focused on only one thing. It is said that the most important part of life is the fact that you are alive. Now that he is gone, his spirit will live on in our hearts.
Two Mexicans climbing an ice wall - that sure sounds like sensations, surprises and tragedy. The film Ice calling however shows two strong and ambitious men who prove great responsibility in dealing with the special risks of ice climbing and astonishing technical expertise. The viewers get to know the protagonists closely, follow the ups and downs of their trip, experience moments of despair and joy. The filmmakers don‘t present them as superhuman heroes, but Alpinists who make a dream come true.
We are so used to focusing only on the winners. But there are also those who stand behind winners like shadows and help them shine. And there are many more losers than there are winners. So the way we see them becomes more important.
The depth and level of skill demonstrated in this film that deals with the aspirations and reality of human beings is truly surprising and outstanding.
Taking a dry, composed, observation point of view strikes a stark contrast against a setting bursting with various incidents and noises to complete a fantastic story.
Whether it is an athlete in the spotlight or a gregario who stands in their shadow supporting them, they all have aspirations and live in time where despair and success coexist.
We do not know if their life is a blessing or a curse but this film is truly a blessing for us.
Because we are able to live and breathe with them.
We wish to share this blessing with those who do their role in supporting winners and the ‘wonderful losers’ who receive this award.
Like a stone thrown in a small pond capable of making waves across the oceans, the story of Miss Maria comes from a forgotten village in the Colombian mountains, to deeply move the hearts of everyone who has the luck to see Ruben Mendoza’s portrait of this amazing character. His documentary achieves this by putting this precious, fragile and brave human being in a complex yet transparent dialogue with a community first, with society then, and finally with humanity at large and even spirituality, making her little great story relevant to each and every one.
W is a mysteriously timeless work resurfacing from a foggy recent past to travel straight into the future, surprisingly and humorously expanding the idea of what a mountain film is and could be. By turning mountaineering into a feverish state of mind, and despite being paradoxically mostly set in an urban space familiar to most of us, it succeeds in bringing the viewers closer to the most extremes mental experiences which great adventurers, just like his unwitting supporting protagonist Reinhold Messner, have gone through in the most difficult, transfixing and visionary moments on their major climbing achievements.
Entries from around the globe are submitted to the Ulju Mountain Film Festival (UMFF)’s International Competition, even with the very selective genre requirement of “mountain”. This year, there were a total of 388 entries – 128 more than in 2017 – from 42 countries around the world. Of those, 27 films will enter the final competition. Some of the more noteworthy films give us insight about passionate people challenging themselves endlessly in climbing and in other mountaineering activities, as well as pose in-depth questions about the history and philosophy of alpinism and climbing. There are also various environmental films dealing with the dedication and sacrifices by those trying to protect nature from the harmful consequences of global climate changes in places like Bangladesh, Patagonia, and Africa. The 27 finalists selected among 388 are not only high in quality, but also diverse in genre, bringing documentary, fiction, and animation to our mountain film festival.