Set against the backdrop of breathtaking Patagonia, David Lama, climbing’s wunderkind, sets out to scale the notorious southeast face of Cerro Torre, a mountain once said to be the most difficult climbing challenge in the world.
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Since his extraordinary climbing skills were discovered at the young age of five by Everest legend Peter Habeler, the 24-year-old Lama has come to be considered one of the greatest climbing talents in the world.
No one has ever scaled the needle of granite, Cerro Torre, in free climbing style, but this is exactly what Lama and his climbing partner Peter Ortner aimed to do.
After being confronted with natural and logistical challenges, Lama came to understand the true nature of his project and realize what it would take to reach the summit.
I believe every human has a desire to have an impact or prove himself in some way
The film is a documentary about mountaineering, friendship and transformation, it’s a coming of age story that takes a close look at the state of rock climbing and alpinism, as well as the philosophical and ethical obstacles facing the sport’s heroes.
“I believe every human has a desire to have an impact or prove himself in some way,” Lama said. “I sought a project which didn’t have a guaranteed outcome as I’m not that motivated for smaller routes that are likely to be climbable. The thing I tend to prefer is when the factor of the impossible plays a large role.”
To document Lama’s climb of a lifetime, director Thomas Dirnhofer brought his extensive climbing and mountaineering skills to the movie world. “Cerro Torre: A Snowball’s Chance in Hell” is the self-taught filmmaker’s first full-length, documentary production – winning Best Film - Climbing at Banff Mountain Film Festival.
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