North Face

"Critic’s Pick! A transfixing life-and-death adventure tale." — The New York Times

North Face

North Face

About the Film

Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation’s Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif – the Eiger – two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent.
Starring: Benno Fürmann, Johanna Wokalek, Ulrich Tukur
Director: Philipp Stolzl
Release Date: 01/29/10

Reactions

"4 Stars! One of the best mountain climbing movies ever made" - Seattle Times

"Critic’s Pick! A transfixing life-and-death adventure tale." - The New York Times

"A genuinely gripping drama." - New York Daily News

"Riveting and exhilarating!" - Los Angeles Times

"Stunning! Takes you along on one of the great adventures of the 20th century." - KNBC/Lyons Den Radio

"Wickedly suspenseful!" - San Francisco Chronicle

Awards & Festivals

• Winner! German Film Critics Awards 2009 - Best Screenplay
• Winner! German Film Critics Awards 2009 - Best Cinematography
• Winner! German Film Awards 2009 - Best Sound Design
• Winner! German Film Awards 2009 - Best Cinematography

Cast & Crew

Cast

Toni Kurz: Benno Fürmann
Luise Fellner: Johanna Wokalek
Andi Hinterstoisser: Florian Lukas
Willy Angerer: Simon Schwarz
Edi Rainer: Georg Friedrich
Henry Arau: Ulrich Tukur

Crew

Director: Phillip Stölzl
Writers: Benedikt Roeskau, Christoph Silber, Phillip Stölzl, Rupert Henning, Johannes Naber
Producers: Isabelle Welter and Stephan Hansch
Cinematography: Kolja Brandt
Editing: Sven Budelmann
Casting: Anja Dihrberg
Production Design: Udo Kramer
Sound: Heinz Ebner

Technical Info

Production Year: 2008
Release Date: 01/29/10
Countries of Production: Germany, Austria
Languages: German
Running Time: 2h 1m
Screen Ratio: 2.35:1
Color: Color
Rating: Unrated

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Awards & Festivals

• Winner! German Film Critics Awards 2009 - Best Screenplay
• Winner! German Film Critics Awards 2009 - Best Cinematography
• Winner! German Film Awards 2009 - Best Sound Design
• Winner! German Film Awards 2009 - Best Cinematography

Reactions

"4 Stars! One of the best mountain climbing movies ever made" - Seattle Times

"Critic’s Pick! A transfixing life-and-death adventure tale." - The New York Times

"A genuinely gripping drama." - New York Daily News

"Riveting and exhilarating!" - Los Angeles Times

"Stunning! Takes you along on one of the great adventures of the 20th century." - KNBC/Lyons Den Radio

"Wickedly suspenseful!" - San Francisco Chronicle

Detailed Film Info

To be the first to climb the famous, notorious Eiger North Face – that is the dream of many mountain climbers from all over Europe in the summer of 1936. The two ace climbers from Germany, Toni Kurz (BENNO FUERMANN) and Andi Hinterstoisser (FLORIAN LUKAS), also can't think of anything else. They're convinced that they can make it, even though many attempts to scale the "Murder Wall" have ended fatally. But for those who make it to the top first, there's not only social prestige waiting for them, but Olympic Gold as well…

 

While preparing themselves at the foot of the North Face, Toni and Andi unexpectedly run into Luise (JOHANNA WOKALEK), Toni's early love. Now a journalist, she has come with her colleague Arau (ULRICH TUKUR), a loyal Nazi, to report about the first ascent. Toni still loves Luise, but she seems to have fallen for the charming Arau. The disconsolate Toni begins the ascent of the North Face with Andi, closely followed by the two Austrians Willy Angerer (SIMON SCHWARZ) and Edi Rainer (GEORG FRIEDRICH). All goes well at first, and both rope teams make good headway. From the terrace of the Grand Hotel at the foot of the Eiger, they are being observed through binoculars by a rapt crowd of onlookers and the world press – including Luise, who realizes that Toni is her one true love. But then the climbers lose their advantage over the mountain: Willy is hit on the head by falling rocks, the weather shifts, and the four Alpinists are forced to turn back. It looks as if the mountain is going to win again. While a dramatic struggle for survival rages on the North Face, Luise decides to go help the man she loves. A race against time and the forces of nature begins…

 

 

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