North Face

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Philipp Stölzl
Production: Music Box Films
  4 wins & 6 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Metacritic:
67
Rotten Tomatoes:
84%
NOT RATED
Year:
2008
126 min
$500,948
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TOURING BOOK:

BY TONI KURZ:

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.

THE NORTH FACE:

Based on a true story

The "Wall of Death" this perilous

Alpine face is often called.

But German flying ace Ernst Udet...

fearlessly comes within 20 metres

of its icy cliffs...

in search of the missing

Munich climbers...

Max Mehringer and Karl Sedlmayer.

After forging into the middle of the face,

our brave troopers...

died in their bivouacs.

After the tragedy,

the canton of Berne decreed...

that climbing the North Face

is strictly forbidden.

But will this piece of paper

hold back German youth?

With the Olympic Games approaching,

our proud youth senses...

not only the peril

but also the lure,

this challenge of their skills.

For one thing is certain:

The first men to summit will be

celebrated as Olympic heroes.

And so the battle cry echoes through Europe:

Attack the Eiger North Face!

We must conquer the last problem of the Alps!

BERLIN - MAY 1936

NEWSROOM AT THE BERLINER ZEITUNG

We've contacted every Alpine club.

False alarm.

Maybe it's just too early

in the season for...

mountain climbing.

Die-hard climbers die easier

than you think.

Humans are foolhardy by nature.

Do you know what this is?

Not yet, boss.

The Reich Press Secretary...

instructs us to focus...

on the first ascent of the Eiger.

That's your jurisdiction.

I want a German first ascent soon,

or you'll be...

climbing it yourself.

Henry,

what about that pair from Berchtesgaden?

It was in the local paper.

Try to remember...

Two men from the Mountain Brigade,

I think,

and one of them is named...

Hinterstoisser.

Yes, one is Hinterstoisser...

and the other...

- Henry?

- Kurz.

What?

What do you mean by "courts"?

Andi Hinterstoisser and Toni Kurz.

Mr. Henze meant them.

They'll scale anything tall.

It's all they ever thought about as kids.

Put one and one together.

What have they dreamed about

since they were kids?

Graduating from high school, Henze?

Sorry, boss.

About the Eiger, of course.

Climbing it first, Olympic gold, etc.

How do you know about them?

- Miss...?

- Fellner.

I'm from Berchtesgaden too.

We practically grew up together.

I know almost everything about them.

Oh really?

Everything?

Around noon, after 27 hours of struggle,

we summited

and shook hands in silence.

It was a hard,

Life-renewing battle,

for only one who has felt death so near...

...will truly know that Life is dear.

Yes.

Your Private Kurz is a mountain poet.

- That too?

- But they're also highly talented.

Goll, Nordwand, Matterhorn,

Wartsteinkante...

That was a first ascent.

A very difficult climb.

Just this May.

Nobody thought it was possible.

Well done!

Why aren't they in Berne

attempting to climb the Eiger?

I don't know.

Oh, she doesn't know.

Miss Fellner, come here.

Here.

This will get you 40 marks

for travel expenses.

Then go to the stockroom

and have them give you a Retina.

And then off you go to Berchtesgaden.

Tell your old friends

that the German Reich,

especially our editor-in-chief,

is counting on them.

Pardon?

Bring back a nice story, child. Go on!

Do your Bavarian alpinists...

Look anything like German heroes?

More German and heroic than either of us.

BERCHTESGADEN -

MOUNTAIN BRIGADE GARRISON

Hinterstoisser! Kurz!

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