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Breathtaking views and remarkable feats at Mountain Film Festival

An image from the film Icefall Doctors. Photo: Festival of Mountain Film

Some of the most beautiful mountaineering films from around the globe will be on show at the 17th Mountain Film Festival taking place in Ljubljana, Domžale, Radovljica and Celje this week.

The festival will feature a total of 29 films, bringing epic stories from the Himalayas, such as the story of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, the first Nepali woman to summit Mt Everest.

The Icefall Doctor sheds light on the life of the highly skilled sherpas who do the world's most dangerous job repairing routes on the slopes of Mt Everest in a "kaleidoscopic and meditative" take.

My Phantom follows the intimate journey of Dutch mountaineer Line van den Berg as she questions what it means to be a woman in the climbing community.

English climbers are a regular feature at the festival. Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limits gives an insight into the daily life and routine of a climber who is considered by many to be the world's best.

The audience will find about almost endless climbing possibilities on Reunion Island and join Barefoot Charles as he climbs the world's hardest boulders in Fontainebleau, France.

In A White Dream, award-winning wildlife photographer Jérémie Villet takes the audience on a journey into frozen worlds in search of the legendary mountain goat.

A World Beneath a Dark Lid shows Slovenian photographer and pilot Matevž Lenarčič collecting data on black carbon, the second biggest contributor to global warming.

The opening film, screened at Cankarjev Dom on 13 February, One for the River: The Story of Sava joins four kayakers as they paddle down the Sava River sampling water, surveying birds, and getting to know the river's wild past, dark history, and uncertain future.

A judging panel will select films screened in the competitive programme and declare the winners on 17 February. They will be screened in Ljubljana the same day, and at the three other venues the next day.

The festival is accompanied by lectures and a debate on mountaineering literature. For a detailed programme click .


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