The idea for the film is based on the life story of Hans Kammerlander, his most significant successes, and tragedies.
His most considerable success, which has made him world famous, is the fastest ascent to the summit of the Mount Everest in 16h 40 min in 1996, followed by the first ski run from the summit of the highest mountain in the world. Hans Kammerlander experienced his most painful moment in 1991 at the Manaslu in Nepal, where he tragically lost two of his best friends. For some inexplicable reasons one fell and broke his neck, the other one was struck by lightning and immediately killed. Hans, who was also in acute danger of life, survived the storm on the brink of death. It was a mountain thunderstorm that should not have occurred. Due to the burning oil fields in Kuwait in 1991, particles in the atmosphere even reached the Himalaya which led to high voltage electric fields even at high altitudes.
Stephan Keck, an experienced climber and skier from Tyrol, also known as the organizer of the “SOS Nepal Help," was one of the expedition leaders at the Manaslu in 2012, where he witnessed an avalanche disaster in which twelve people died. A very dramatic experience for him, in addition, he also had to document the misfortune for the insurance companies. The goal of Hans Kammerlander and his partner Stephan Keck is to return to the Manaslu in autumn 2017 to climb the 8163 -meter high summit and eventually descend a new route by skis. After 26 years, this ascent does not only challenge Hans Kammerlander but confronts him with the tragedy from 1991, which he has not been able to overcome yet. Not least he gave up being one of the firsts who has climbed all the eight-thousanders without oxygen because of this experience.
The movie tries to reflect the image of a man who has dedicated his life to the mountains, suffered great losses, experienced tragedies, and great triumphs.
A man who keeps asking himself, “Why did I survive and most of my friends had to die?”. Kammerlander’s childhood as a son of a mountain farmer and a half-orphan has shaped his character. “If I do not have sponsorships anymore, if nobody wants to see my lectures anymore, if I do not have the necessary financial means anymore, I want to go home to the farm of my family. There, in the cowshed and the hay, I always felt the happiest. And I can always return to where I came from with a light heart and without any loss. "
The story tries to unbiasedly scrutinize how the mountains still attract him despite all of the tragic moments he had to surrender. A biopic of one of the greatest mountaineers of our time, represented with archive footage and with the help of many actors in reenacted scenes on exposed mountains or his family’s farmhouse. The highlight of the film, however, takes place in the here and now, and documents the last great adventure of Hans Kammerlander at the 8163-meter-high Manaslu in Nepal.
21. August 2017 until 30. April 2018
Cinema Release Austria: 14th December 2018 / Panda Lichtspiele
Cinema Release South Tyrol: 13th December 2018 / Panda Lichtspiele
Cinema Release Germany: 3rd January 2019 / Panda Lichtspiele
Shooting Locations: NEPAL Manaslu, Tsum Valley, SOUTH TYROL Sand in Taufers, Ahornach, Grödner Tal, Ortler/Sulden, Schnalstaler Gletscher, Kleine Zinne, Seceda, Peitlerkofel, Moosstock, Wielenbachtal, Gran Vernel / AUSTRIA Klagenfurt, Velden / HUNGARY Zalaszántó