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North Face (2008) More at IMDbPro »Nordwand (original title)

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North Face -- 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.
North Face -- Two Bavarian climbers attempt to be the first to conquer the north face of the Eiger.
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Release Date:
23 October 2008 (Germany) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Limited in scope, but nearly flawless within those bounds. See more (38 total) »


  (in credits order)

Benno Fürmann ... Toni Kurz

Johanna Wokalek ... Luise Fellner

Florian Lukas ... Andi Hinterstoisser

Simon Schwarz ... Willy Angerer

Georg Friedrich ... Edi Rainer

Ulrich Tukur ... Henry Arau

Erwin Steinhauer ... Emil Landauer
Branko Samarovski ... Albert von Allmen
Petra Morzé ... Elisabeth Landauer
Hanspeter Müller ... Hans Schlunegger (as Hanspeter Müller-Drossart)
Peter Zumstein ... Adolf Rubi
Martin Schick ... Christian Rubi
Erni Mangold ... Grossmutter Kurz
Johannes Thanheiser ... Grossvater Kurz

Arnd Schimkat ... Hotelbesitzer
Klaus Ofczarek ... Redaktionsleiter
Martin Brambach ... Redakteur Henze
Peter Faerber ... Spiess
Tobias Ofenbauer ... Reporter
Hartmut Scheyhing ... Reporter
Maximilian Pfnür ... Wache
Gerhard Greiner ... SS Mann Erlberger
Hassan Athman ... Jazzmusiker
Nero Pietra ... Italienische Seilshaft
Stefan Steurer ... Italienische Seilshaft
Mark Geisseler ... Französische Selilshaft
Matthias Roduner ... Französische Selilshaft
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcus Hauser ... Complementary Role (uncredited)

Traute Hoess ... Anna Fellner (uncredited)

Benjamin Nathan-Serio ... Andi Hinterstoisser (voice) (uncredited)

Mark Schardan ... Adolf Rubi (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Philipp Stölzl 
Writing credits
Christoph Silber (writer) and
Philipp Stölzl (writer) and
Rupert Henning (writer) and
Johannes Naber (writer)

Benedikt Roeskau (story)

Produced by
Theo Baltz .... co-producer
Stephan O. Hansch .... co-producer
Benjamin Herrmann .... producer
Gerd Huber .... co-producer
Danny Krausz .... producer
Rudolf Santschi .... producer
Boris Schönfelder .... producer
Kurt Stocker .... co-producer
Isabelle Welter .... producer
Original Music by
Christian Kolonovits 
Cinematography by
Kolja Brandt 
Film Editing by
Sven Budelmann 
Casting by
Anja Dihrberg 
Corinna Glaus 
Bernhard Karl 
Production Design by
Udo Kramer 
Art Direction by
Tommy Vögel 
Set Decoration by
Franziska Kummer 
Costume Design by
Birgit Hutter 
Makeup Department
Georg Korpas .... makeup effects lab technician: dummies
Kitty Kratschke .... makeup artist
Connie Sacchi .... makeup artist
Daniela Skala .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alfred Deutsch .... production manager
Michael Imboden .... assistant production manager trainee
Thomas Konrad .... production manager: Studio Graz and Dachstein, Austria
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lars Gmehling .... second assistant director
Andi Lang .... first assistant director
Art Department
Christoph Blum .... property master
Peter Ecker .... property master
Jiri Juda .... set dresser
Franziska Kummer .... property master
Jan Saße .... storyboard artist
Herwig Schretter .... props
Sound Department
Clemens Becker .... sound effects recordist
Christian Bischoff .... sound re-recording mixer
Christian Bruckmair .... adr mixer
Alexander Buck .... dialogue editor
Tschangis Chahrokh .... sound re-recording mixer
Heinz Ebner .... sound
Stephan Fandrych .... adr editor
Dana Hopfe .... adr production manager
Thomas Lüdemann .... sound editor
Henry Mayr .... sound project coordinator
Markus Münz .... sound technician
Christoph Oertel .... foley mixer
Pierre Peters-Arnolds .... dubbing director
Laura Plock .... foley editor
Tobias Poppe .... sound effects editor
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Helene Seidl .... sound trainee
Alexander Vitt .... sound editor
Hanse Warns .... foley
Klaus Waßen-Floren .... foley editor
Anja-Corinne Welter .... adr editor
Guido Zettier .... sound designer
Guido Zettier .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Tissi Brandhofer .... special effects supervisor
Cornelia Dworak .... special effects
Connie Sacchi .... special effects makeup
Harry Siebler .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Anne Balthasar .... digital compositor (as Anne Fuhrmann)
Cania .... digital matte painter
Stefan Kessner .... visual effects supervisor
Jan Meckes .... digital compositor
Jenny Meissner .... digital compositor
Max Stolzenberg .... visual effects supervisor
Min Tesch .... digital compositor
Manuel Voss .... digital compositor
Elmar Weinhold .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefan Berger .... key and dolly grip
Christoph Nickel .... gaffer
Dietmar Raiff .... camera operator
Dietmar Raiff .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine Schneider .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Arne Hastedt .... digital intermediate engineer
Katharina Krinzinger .... post-production assistant
Boris Link .... colorist
Traudl Nicholson .... digital colorist
Silke Zirnité .... assistant editor
Location Management
Ulli Schiefer .... location manager
Reini Weissensteiner .... location manager
Transportation Department
Christopher Jörg .... production driver
Andreas Kispert .... transport coordinator
Other crew
Savas Ceviz .... creative consultant
Savas Ceviz .... drama consultant
Savas Ceviz .... financing consultant
Savas Ceviz .... script supervisor
Raimund Fink .... set manager
Diana Gapp .... production assistant
Emanuel Hipp .... assistant set manager
Norbert Klingner .... legal counsel
Pierre Peters-Arnolds .... dialogue coach
Magdalena Prosteder .... production trainee (as Lena Prosteder)
Karl Schreiner .... choreographer
Gabriela Schuster .... production coordinator
Elisabeth Zemann .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nordwand" - Germany (original title)
"Northface" - Hong Kong (English title) (DVD title)
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126 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

As Luise Fellner and her boss, Herr Arau, arrive at the Eiger, the local guides are standing in front of the hotel advertising their services to the tourists. One of the guides notices a pair of climbers in the crowd. "Look who's coming," he says, "Bartolo Sandri and Mario Menti." A fellow guide mutters: "Another couple of fools. Come in a train and leave in a coffin." These two Italian climbers fell to their deaths from the north face June 21, 1938.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At the beginning of the film, when Luisa watches the news in the cinema theater, the voice-over gets the first-names of the alpinists who died on the Eiger wrong. It says Max Mehringer and Karl Sedlmayr, but it's the opposite: KARL Mehringer and MAX Sedlmayr. This may have been intended to show the unreliability of the report.See more »
[first lines]
[in German, quoting English subtitles]
Luise Fellner:[voiceover] When you're at the bottom - Toni once told me - at the foot of the wall, and you look up, you ask yourself: How can anyone climb that? Why would anyone even want to? But hours later when you're at the top looking down, you've forgotten everything. Except the one person you promised you would come back to.
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Limited in scope, but nearly flawless within those bounds., 7 November 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

North Face (2008)

Well, this is one exhausting, harrowing, amazing experience on film. Even the actors, acting and not actually fighting for their lives, look like they've been through hell. The filming holds back nothing on the horror of being caught in a storm on the infamous North Face of the Eiger, in the Alps. These very talented, likable chaps (even though Germans just before WWII, yes), are up against it big time. And the movie makes the most of it.

It's a simple story, and a simple structure, contrasting the comfortable press corps down below with their fireplaces and wine, against the men on the cliff, night and day. A woman and a love story are a part of it as we go, but this is more a love/hate story of men against each other, against themselves, and against the mountain, weather systems included.

It's a relief to see a movie without heroes. There is a lot of heroism, for sure, and admirable human behavior up and down. But none of the throbbing music as one or the other of the men performs an impossible feat. This is about a real life and death confrontation, and breakdown, and impossibility. Well done, well done. High frustrating and nerve wracking to watch, but well done.

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