It will open on February 4th, at the auditorium “Elio Venier” in Pasian di Prato (Udine), with a special guest: US director Chris Anthony, for the Italian première of his own movie “Mission Mt. Mangart”, awarded as Best Historical Film at Cannes Film Festival in France in 2021. It tells the story of USA 10th Mountain Division, created to fight during World War II and which organized an incredible skiing competition among soldiers in 1945 in the Julian Alps. Chris Anthony is a renowned extreme skier and philantropist, and for this documentary he availed himself of a Frulian videomaker's collaboration: Mike Tessari helped him with filming in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Slovenia, Tuscany and Lake Garda.
The full programme
The festival will go on up to March 4th with the screening of films and meetings with prominent personalities. Here's are all the scheduled events:
February 11 – HIMALAYA, MONTAGNE DEL CIELO. I 14 OTTOMILA (Himalaya, Sky Mountains. The 14 Eight-Thousanders). A night with Sergio Martini, who climbed up all the 14 Eight-Thousanders, the highest peaks in the world, without use of supplementary oxygen. He's the second Italian to have achieved this feat, after Reinhold Messner who was the very first in the whole world to make it, in 1986. Martini is a member of CAAI – Club Alpino Accademico Italiano (Italian Alpine Academic Club). Through photos and slides, he'll speak about his story and the greatest mountains on earth, with the aid of presenter Silvia Stefanelli, a member of CAAI herself.
February 18 – THE LAST MOUNTAIN by Dariusz Zaluski (Poland). It tells about the 2018 Polish expedition to Mount K2, led by famed climber Krzysztof Wielicki, during which Denis Urubko and Adam Bielecki rescued French climber Elisabeth Revol, trapped on Nanga Parbat, the world's deadliest mountain.
February 25 – L’UOMO DEI DESERTI (Man of the Deserts). A night with Max Calderan, the Italian extreme desert explorer who holds 14 world records for his solo trips across the planet's main deserts. In February 2020 he crossed Rub’al-Khali, the world's biggest desert, in the Arabian Peninsula. The news network Al Jazeera devoted a documentary to him, “Son of the Desert”, and another film about his latest feat, “Into The Lost Desert”, was released recently in the USA. During the meeting, Calderan will present his book “La linea del deserto” (The Desert Line), published by Gribaudo.
March 4 – THE NAKED MOUNTAIN by Alex Txikon (Spain). The Spanish director and climber recorded his own expedition to one of the Eight-Thousanders, Nanga Parbat, in Pakistan. Txikon and his fellow partners Ali Sadpara (Pakistan) and Simone Moro (Italy), were the first ones to ever reach the peak during winter, on February 26th 2016.
The festival is organized by Società Alpina Friulana in collaboration with Dopolavoro Ferroviario di Udine. Admission to the auditorium “Elio Venier” is free, but subjected to Covid 19 national guidelines.
Reservation is compulsory, you can sign up here: https://www.alpinafriulana.it/eventi/