This film presents a simple, excellent depiction of an Alpinist as a person and not a hero and is a vivid portrayal of the life of one of the greatest alpinists of the 20th century through realistic reenactments of the most difficult climbs and perfect editing filled with passion to become a mountaineer, the tension of climbing, agony, and ecstasy.
A truly beautiful film communicating psychology by combining the woods, weather, and close-ups of the character’s expressions and captivating the audience to hold their breath, fixated on each delicate movement. The climber treats formidable movements as mental training like a Zen Buddhist trainee and rises to greater heights while the director delves deeper into the human psyche through unique directing.
In this hero’s journey without the typical bravado following a blind kayaker attempting one of the world’s most difficult rivers and not knowing when he is being filmed, the director seizes the opportunity and humanizes his subject, revealing Eric’s anxiety and doubts, giving audiences a genuine experience of what it is like to not only conquer a river, but one’s fears.
To Nanuk’s parents’ generation, the reindeer is not simply a legend but a real companion and prophet. The cruel, harsh reality as a bitter struggle against nature indicates the conflict between the daughter headed for the diamond mine and her parents’ generation. This film shows restraint in its aesthetics of painting Nanuk’s past, present and future through family relationships and daily life as well as questioning tradition and the modern age.
Every year, the number of entries increase in the competition section, and this year, a total of 434 films were submitted from 71 countries. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that almost all newly made mountain films from around the globe were entered. Of the 434 entries, 31 films from 20 countries were selected and will be screened under four categories: Alpinism, Climbing, Adventure &Exploration, and Nature &People.
The history of climbing Mt. Everest can be seen in The Ascent of Everest, which deals with the first summit of Mount Everest In 1953 and in Mount Everest - The Last Step a film directed by Reinhold Messner himself during his climb without supplemental oxygen, a feat thought to be impossible at the time. Ascending Afghanistan: Women Rising shows the courageous women who climb in defiance against discrimination. Craig's Reaction, Hold Fast, and The Weight of Water are films about true adventurists who are passionate about climbing despite physical disabilities. Holoceneis screened for the first time in Ulju, and is a film about traditional mountain skiing produced in Japan. Another very meaningful screening is that of the feature-length version of Night Light, which was a Korean short film created with the support of the 'Ulju Summit'project, which supports the production of Korean mountain films.