mar. Mar 19th, 2019

Banff Adventure Film Festival Hits Argentina This Week

apa sherpa loved by all(Photo screenshotted from the film Apa Sherpa:Loved by All)

Hold your horses, as the Banff Film Festival is back with a whole montón of shorts showcasing the very best global adventure cinema. From glacier to desert to jungle, these films exemplify everything wonderful about traveling, pushing yourself to the upper limit and discovering new landscapes, people and nature alike.

Banff Mountain Film Festival is a huge international film festival held annually in Canada’s Banff, Alberta that was launched in 1976 by The Banff Centre. The festival boasts a number of short films and documentaries about mountain culture and sports. It’s critically acclaimed as the best international cinema festival for adventure. The festival goes on tour every year, and the team visits approximately 305 cities and 20 countries. This is its 18th edition in Argentina, and this year it celebrates its birthday with 17 shorts and international documentaries. The festival will be shown at Village Recoleta starting today, September 10th through Wednesday the 12th.

Our top picks for the best international documentaries start with the heart-warming  Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa directed by Eric Crosland. This is about Apa (which literally translates to “Loved By All”), a Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer who held the record for reaching the summit of Mount Everest more times than any other person. The film focuses on the conflicting choice that many Nepalese need to make: either being a mountain porter earning a salary for your family (whilst also risking your life daily) or pursuing education and training.

The film is absolutely stunning, not just due to the story about this inspirational man, but also due to the extraordinary filmography of the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. The mountain shots take your breath away, and also make you want to dump your day job, sign up and climb Everest.

The second film that we would recommend is Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic, directed in 2016 by Jochen Schmoll. It follows the journey of Erik Boomer, Ben Stookesberry and Sarah McNair-Landry, three explorers and their epic adventure. Propelled by kite skis, they tow their whitewater kayaks over 600 miles of the Greenland Ice Cap to reach unexplored areas at the very top of the world. The cinematography is stunning, but be warned you may cringe and gasp as the journey is not an easy one.

The third film we recommend is The Space Within, a five-minute US short directed and produced by Frank Pickell, Dan Benshoff and Stephan Drake. This is a beautiful short that crosses between two landscapes, a beach where you can see the sea gently lapping at a child’s feet, and a skier on the fresh powder. As the official website describes it, “this film is almost a projection of a dream and a reality meeting together.”

(Two stills from “The Space Within” Via Youtube)

On the 3rd day, seven Argentine short films of expeditions and inspiring life adventures will be screened, with nature as the central theme in each. These include a seven-minute short called Pocho Run about trail running with an adopted dog, directed by Martin Papailla, Puentes Imaginarios, a short about highlining (good Lord!) by Lucas Oliveira, and C4 Snowkite which is about, believe it or not, snowkiting.

You can see the full line up here. You can also by your tickets here.

Not in Buenos Aires? Fear not, as the tour continues through Argentina and reaches Comodoro Rivadavia on October 6th, Mendoza on the 23rd, and San Juan and El Calafate in November.

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2018-09-10 17:08:56

Sophie Schneider

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