A secretary at a Berlin newspaper in 1936 gets to write about two alpinists as she knows them well. She later gets to report on/photograph her friends' and other alpinists' climb of the dangerous Swiss Eiger north face.

Director:

Philipp Stölzl

Writers:

Chris Martin Silber (as Christoph Silber), Philipp Stölzl | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Branko Samarovski ... Albert von Allmen
Petra Morzé ... Elisabeth Landauer
Hanspeter Müller Hanspeter Müller ... Hans Schlunegger (as Hanspeter Müller-Drossart)
Peter Zumstein Peter Zumstein ... Adolf Rubi
Martin Schick Martin Schick ... Christian Rubi
Erni Mangold ... Grossmutter Kurz
Johannes Thanheiser Johannes Thanheiser ... Grossvater Kurz
Arnd Schimkat ... Hotelbesitzer
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Based on a true story, North Face is a survival drama 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. Written by Irishlass240 (smmorr240@al.com)

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Trivia

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 »

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The newspaper "Berliner Zeitung" which Arau and Fellner work for was founded only nine years later (two weeks after WW II) See more »

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[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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Written and Composed by Ulrich Tukur
Performed by Ulrich Tukur
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Must see film for Mountaineers & Adventurers
8 December 2009 | by hogenoSee all my reviews

This is one of the best mountaineering films I have ever seen. It is one of the great mountaineering stories in the history of climbing. If you have a chance to see it, go the extra mile to get there. I was fortunate enough to see it at UC Irvine, Sneak Previews with Michael Berlin. I have been climbing most of my long life and have been watching climbing films for 40 years, this one really gives a sense of what it is really like in full conditions. This movie opens in the USA in January in New York and in Feb in the Los Angeles area. I really hope that people will support this film and that it gets to travel to other more remote parts of the country. Made in Germany in 2008, and widely supported there, I was pleasantly surprised by the non Hollywood style. It is almost like it was filmed in 1936 when the actual event transpired. Enjoy and support!


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Country:

Germany | Austria | Switzerland

Language:

German | Swiss German | French | Italian

Release Date:

23 October 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,050, 31 January 2010

Gross USA:

$711,421

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,815,056
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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