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Cerro Torre: A Snowball's Chance in Hell (2013)

Set against the backdrop of breathtaking Patagonia, David Lama, the worlds youngest climbing world champion, sets out to climb an unfathomable route on Cerro Torre, a mountain once said to be the most difficult in the world.

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Thomas Dirnhofer (as Thomy Dirnhofer)

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Credited cast:
David Lama ... Himself
Peter Ortner ... Himself
Jim Bridwell ... Himself
Toni Ponholzer ... Himself
Markus Pucher ... Himself
Thomas Dirnhofer ... Himself
Lincoln Else Lincoln Else ... Himself
Martin Boysen Martin Boysen ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cesar Acuna Cesar Acuna ... Appearances by
Horacid Breton Horacid Breton ... Appearances by
Jeff Burrell ... Narrator (English)
Stefan Glowacz ... Himself
Rodolfo Guerra Rodolfo Guerra ... Appearances by
Peter Habeler Peter Habeler ... Appearances by
Rob Hakenberg Rob Hakenberg ... Appearances by
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CERRO TORRE is a documentary about mountaineering, friendship and transformation. It's a coming of age story that also takes a close look at the state of rock climbing and alpinism, as well as their many philosophies and ethical approaches. Written by Anonymous

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More than a climbing film
28 March 2014 | by IndustriousAngelSee all my reviews

While delivering everything you'd expect from a contemporary climbing movie - vivid first-person-pov, breathtaking vista, vertigo-inducing shots ... - this production delves deeper which makes for a better film. The difference came only with the problems the production ran into - while originally planned as a simple climbing flick, to be finished in a few weeks, in the end they had gone to Patagonia 3 times, had filmed 2 summit climbs and many more tries, had to weather a veritable shitstorm from large parts of the climbers community - and they used all this material to shed some light on the background, the philosophy, the frustrations of expedition climbing and so on. So this became a much richer and interesting project, even if the budget must have exploded. And to top that, they also put in a historical flashback, some interviews or contributions (Reinhold Messner and Jim Bridwell amongst others) and, last but not least, portraits of the camera team and their struggles to catch David Lama's final climb (which would be worth a documentation of its own).

Overall, recommended for everyone with even a slight interest in mountaineering or climbing, and much more interesting than a simple sports movie (as planned) would be.


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