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Drama about the tragic Nanga Parbat expedition by the two Messner brothers in 1970, on which Reinhold Messners younger brother Günther died.


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Reinhard Klooss, Sven Severin (as Sven Severin)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Florian Stetter ... Reinhold Messner
Andreas Tobias Andreas Tobias ... Günther Messner
Karl Markovics ... Karl Maria Herrligkoffer
Steffen Schroeder ... Felix Kuen
Jule Ronstedt Jule Ronstedt ... Alice von Hobe
Volker Bruch ... Gerd Bauer
Sebastian Bezzel Sebastian Bezzel ... Peter Scholz
Michael Kranz ... Hans Saler
Lena Stolze Lena Stolze ... Mutter Messner
Horst Kummeth Horst Kummeth ... Vater Messner
Markus Krojer ... Reinhold Messner jung
Lorenzo Nedis Lorenzo Nedis ... Günther Messner jung (as Lorenzo Walcher)
Matthias Habich ... Pfarrer
Alexander Held Alexander Held ... Dr. Franz Burda
Sunnyi Melles ... Diplomatengattin


Drama about the tragic Nanga Parbat expedition by the two Messner brothers in 1970, on which Reinhold Messners younger brother Günther died.

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Release Date:

14 January 2010 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Nanga Parbat - L'ascension extrême See more »

Filming Locations:

Pakistan See more »


Box Office


€7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


According to Reinhold Messner, his younger brother Günther, who was sick at high altitudes, died on the descent through the Diamir valley in an avalanche, when Reinhold himself was looking for the way. The older brother survived the descent via the totally unknown route only by a narrow margin. See more »


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Technically a disaster - nice panoramic views
8 April 2018 | by WinstonNoCGISee all my reviews

From a technical standpoint this movie is a layman's work in many regards:

* Music: Musical score doesn't enhance emotion in any of the scenes. It only serves as a boring, easily written, lame absense of silence. I cannot stand to hear this score any longer. Whenever my mind wants to compare this zero level score to a score of older films, like Luis Trenker's composer Giuseppe Becce's score, it becomes unbearable to me that this is supposed to be the new level of a composer's prowess.

* Actors: I brings me to tears that none of them apparently learned their acting skills. None of them shows appropriate facial expressions, none of them can speak like an actor. No emphasis, no stress, no accent, no innotation. Just a common man's speak. And no mimic. (OK, the priest at the end of the movie, Matthias Habich, is a well regarded exception to the crew.)

* Sound design: Too may slightly coughs, too many hissy fits. I guess they added them due to the absence of an appropriate musical score. It's like being forced to listen to Darth Vater infamously and inappropriately crying "Nooooooo" over and over again.

On the other hand: The camera is marvellous, illumination, color timing and post-production are great to watch, too.

The aeroplane should have been rendered more majestically. In the movie it's just "some vehicle", it's not an important, elevating begin of their dangerous journey.

Now that I've seen the movie, I wish someone gave me the raw cut, an editor, a decent composer, a small orchestra, and a bunch of good dubbing actor's voices! I would completely redo the movies audio to create a movie that's emotionally poignant and great to watch.

This current movie is a pain to watch and appears to be a laboured students' work only.

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