Banff is more than just the sound of Nightcrawler. It is also a town in Canada which runs a film festival during one week every year, aptly named the Banff mountain movie festival. Yesterday evening offered a selection of the best movies from that festival, held at venerable venue Draken here in Gothenburg.
I often enjoy this kind of short movies. If you put your heart into the making, it can make the whole difference. For instance, the old Everest IMAX movie had a big budget and by chance happened to be present at the tragic accident in 1996, but it was still boring and uninspiring.
On the other hand, I saw Touching the void on the Gothenburg Film Festival in 2004, a re-enactment of a disastrous climb in the Peruvian Andes. I guess their budget was a tenth of the IMAX film, but the result was far greater.
Here are the films I saw:
- “The Ultimate Ride” features Steve Fisher and his crazy pals who set out to go kayaking in mighty Zambezi River south of the Victoria Falls. Felt like a mix between Ty Pennington and Jackass.
- “A Life Ascending” followed ski guide Ruedi Beglinger, who has chosen a life outside the ordinary. He lives isolated in his self built cottage on a remote glacier in the Selkirk Mountains, reachable only by helicopter. Quite touching.
- “Into Darkness” by John Waller follows three men who explores an underworld cave in the middle of nowhere. I was reminded of my cave descent in New Zealand, but these guys are the real deal. Not recommended if you suffer from claustrophobia.
- “Last Paradise” was a shortened cut of a documentary following the emerge of extreme sports. We see old footage where a bunch of mavericks invent the snowboard, enhance the design of regular surfboards, explore remote glaciers in New Zealand and so on.
- “The Swiss Machine” is about Ueli Steck, a crazy alpinist who speed-climb steep faces. I mentioned him earlier in Adrenaline inspiration.
- The evening ended with one of my favorite short films regarding traveling: “The Longest Way” by Christoph Rehage, who walked across China from Beijing to Urumqi, while growing an insane beard. I mentioned it last year in The bearded journey and the film is available on YouTube.
If you get a chance to see them, they are well worth a view.