North Face

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Based on a true story. Set in 1936 as nazi propaganda urges german alpinists to conquer the north face of the eiger, two reluctant young climbers toni and andi attempt a daring ascent closely followed by two austrian climbers.


Studio Southport Music Box Corpo
SKU 214308868
UPC 705105742953
UPC 14 00705105742953
Format DVD
Release Date 10/2/2012
Period Piece
Editors Note
Note A handful of men set aside their differences to conquer one of Europe's tallest mountains in this period drama inspired by a true story. In 1936, Nazi Germany is looking to shore up its reputation in the eyes of the world, and after a pair of German climbers died in an effort to climb the north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps, the state is looking to find another group who can succeed where the earlier team failed. Henry Arau (Ulrich Tukur), the publisher of one of Berlin's biggest newspapers, is a loyal son of the Third Reich, and when his editorial secretary, Luise Fellner (Johanna Wokalek), tells him she knows some climbers who would be willing to take on the Eiger, Tukur gives her a free hand to assemble a team and make this dream a reality. Close friends Toni Kurz (Benno Fuermann) and Andi Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas) are serving in the German army when Fellner (who once dated Kurz) tries to persuade them to climb the Eiger; while Hinterstoisser is willing to take the risk in the name of patriotism, Kurz is cynical about the Third Reich and says he'll put his life on the line only for his own reasons and not to please Germany's leaders. Kurz and Hinterstoisser finally begin the climb in mid-summer, only to discover a pair of Austrians, Willy Angerer (Simon Schwarz) and Edi Rainer (Georg Friedrich), are now challenging them in a race to the top. NORDWAND (aka NORTH FACE) was an official selection at the 2008 Locarno Film Festival.
Hollywood Reporter "NORTH FACE more than delivers on the excitement and terror of this existential flirtation with one's own mortality." 10/15/2009
New York Times "[A] gripping survival drama...NORTH FACE puts you where it wants you to be: in harm's way." 01/29/2010
Los Angeles Times "Beautifully shot in a gritty documentary style, if you let it, Eiger's unrelenting cold and this story of love and the power of the human spirit will seep into your bones." 02/18/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] bone-chilling superbly mounted record of an assault on the north face of the Eiger..." 02/24/2010
Washington Post 3 stars out of 4 -- "[F]illed with windswept, frostbitten drama....The word gripping doesn't do it justice." 02/26/2010
Cast & Crew
Ulrich Tukur - Star
Branko Samarovski - Star
Erwin Steinhauer - Star
Simon Schwarz - Star
Florian Lukas - Star
Benno Furmann - Star
Johanna Wokalek - Star
Georg Friedrich - Star
Petra Morze - Star
Hanspeter Muller-Drossaart - Star
Heinz Ebner - Sound
Mischa Krausz - Composer
Christian Kolonovits - Composer
Thomas Konrad - Production Manager/UPM
Tschangis Chahrokh - Sound Re-Recording
Christopher Silber - Screenwriter
Stefan Kessher - Visual Effects Designer
Guido Zettier - Sound
Daniela Skala - Makeup
Kolja Brandt - Director of Photography
Christian Bischoff - Sound Re-Recording
Connie Sacchi - Makeup
Philipp Stolzl - Screenwriter
Rupert Henning - Screenwriter
Max Stolzenberg - Visual Effects Designer
Alfred Deutsch - Production Manager/UPM
Johannes Naber - Screenwriter
Philipp Stolzl - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
UPC 00705105742953
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 121 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
DVD, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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