The capital of La Granda will wrap up the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s national tour with a selection of mid-length and short films about mountains, adventure and exploration. The appointment is Friday evening, from 8 p.m., at the Don Bosco Cinema. Ten films, ten adventures for lovers of mountaineering, skiing and freeriding, climbing, mountain biking. But not only.
Captivating images scroll across the big screen. Like the first ascent of an unclimbed mountain in Karakorum, Link Sar, by Mark Richey, Steve Swenson, Chris Wright and Graham Zimmerman in the summer of 2019 (“Link Sar” directed by Graham Zimmerman). Then the original freeride descent between France and Slovenia with an unexpected destination (“Inside – A hole new ski experience” by Stefan Ager and Andreas Gumpenberger who are also the protagonists).
We will travel to Nepal with Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, the first Nepalese to become an international mountaineering instructor (“Dream Mountain” by Cira Crowell); the film tells the journey of this great woman, international guide, established mountaineer and mother, her ups and downs, the search for a balance between mountaineering and motherhood and the pressures of a traditionalist culture in the face of her professional athlete commitment.
“Follow the light” by Pierre Henni is a rhythmic mountain bike descent with Turkish Ride notes, immersed in the lights of dusk and dawn between the Fairy Chimneys, in Göreme, Cappadocia.
All to enjoy the girlish camaraderie between Avra Saslow, Clare Hamilton and Delilah Cupp, three friends, roommates and fellow travelers, who will lead the audience through the best dirt roads that Silverton, Colorado, (“Girls gotta eat dirt” by Elliot Wilkinson-Ray, Peter Vogt). “A Dog’s Tale” by Darren McCulloughè, meanwhile, was shot between Canada and South Africa, and is a choral story of a group of dogs and the happiness they feel when they are free from run at breakneck speed through the woods, alongside their masters on an ATV. The protagonists of “The Invisible Beauty” by Milo Zanecchia and Sarah Ziegler are insects.
Extreme and adrenaline-filled descent of South Tyrolean professional skier Markus Eder in “Markus Eder’s the ultimate run” by Christoph Thoresen. Also on the big screen are the adventures of the famous Scottish biker Danny Macaskil, protagonist of “The Slabs” by Robbie Meade. An inner journey to the deepest roots of his family history, leads climber Lonnie Kauk to tackle some of the legendary routes of his father, Stonemaster Ron Kauk, Josh Lowell’s “Reel rock 15: Deep Roots”.
Born in Canada in 1976, precisely in Banff, where it is held every year on the first weekend of November, the project has gone global with an international circuit – the World Tour – of annual events in more than 500 cities and 40 countries around the world. . . The history of Banff in Italy celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.
For admission tickets, check the festival website.