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Festival’s Choice Line Up:
Director – Nicholas Jones
‘A Greenlander’ follows Pierre Auzias (66) a French Painter fully integrated in Uummaanaq, a settlement 450 miles north of the arctic circle in Greenland.
Pierre speaks Greenlandic, travels by dog sled and teaches art therapy to neglected children.
After 14 years in Greenland, Annie, Pierre’s partner, retires from her position as the town Doctor and returns to France. Pierre then spends an agonising 9 months in limbo, waiting to find out if the Danish Authorities will grant him citizenship.
A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Ground
Director – Henna Taylor
A Thousand Ways To Kiss The Ground is an exploration into grief and its expression through the stories of individuals who have experienced loss or trauma due to climbing or alpinism. Made in collaboration with the Climbing Grief Fund, this artful compilation of interviews highlights how there is no singular or correct way to grieve. Indeed this topic is complex, vulnerable, confusing, non-linear, and absolutely imperative to the health of all of our communities. The process of openly grieving, both alone as well as in community, is an art nearly lost in our culture. In A Thousand Ways To Kiss The Ground, climbers discuss how they are learning to integrate grief into their daily lives and in effect, change the community’s collective narrative surrounding this topic. A Thousand Ways To Kiss The Ground investigates the paradoxes of grief and the grieving process while mirroring this complexity back to viewers as a starting point to destigmatize and normalize the conversation surrounding grief for climbers and non-climbers alike.
“Let the beauty we love, be what we do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again.” -13th Century Poet Rumi
Director – Jessie Leong
It’s hard to imagine Hong Kong anything other than a vibrant metropolis. Yet what would happen if you were to hop on the underground train and get away from it all? ‘Banana Skin’ asks the viewer to reflect on issues of cultural identity and how climbing outdoors can be a means of finding sanctuary on one of Hong Kong’s many hidden islands.
Breathtaking: K2 – The World’s Most Dangerous Mountain
Director – Adrian Ballinger
“K2 is a savage mountain that tries to kill you.” That is how climber George Bell described the infamous peak after the first American expedition in 1953–forever giving the mountain its nickname–The Savage Mountain. Sixty-six years later, Eddie Bauer mountain guides Adrian Ballinger and Carla Perez aim to summit the 8611-meter peak and join a community of explorers fewer in number than those who have been to outer space. Even more incredible, they both will attempt the feat without the use of supplemental oxygen. Every step of the way the team faces hazardous conditions, terrifying setbacks, and crushing misfortunes. But as Ballinger puts it, “[I] go until the mountain tells me I can’t go anymore.”
Director – Olivia Page
Tasmanian climbers Liz Oh and Rosie Hohnen are persuaded by filmmaker Olivia Page and a local kiwi stoat trapper, Ana Richards, to hike off-track deep into remote Fiordland, New Zealand, in search of a sabre-like peak. They surrender themselves to Ana’s confidence in navigating them through terrain few have crossed, and in parts never traversed at all. They battle through vertical plants, gale force storms and dangerously loose rock, their wit and humour carrying them through. When they finally do reach the peak, unofficially named the Tusk, they quickly learn why it might be that only one other person, in the 1970s, has attempted to summit the towering peak. Kakapo Crest is Olivia Page’s first major film.