66. Trento Film Festival

From the Alps to the greatest mountains of the world: announced the 2017 edition’s film program

Published 05/04/2017

This year’s program counts 118 films coming from 32 different countries, divided into 10 sections. Among these, the International Competition, which will award the best movies with the Trento Film Festival prizes: Genziane d’Oro and Genziane d’Argento, for a total of 17.000 €. The International Competition section comprises 22 films, 15 feature documentary films, and 7 short films – among which 19 Italian previews and 8 films directed by women – chosen among more than 600 candidates.


The topics tackled by the selected works of the International Competition include contemporary world issues, such as the tensions at some of the most sensible borders of the planet: those of Syria, seen from the mountains of Kurdistan and of Lebanon, those of Tibet and the one between the two Koreas.

Two Italian directors compete in the International Competition: Alessandro Pugno with Jardines de Plomo filmed on the Peruvian Andes, and Vito Palmieri with See you in Texas, a film entirely shot in Trentino, despite the English title.

Besides the annual appointment with breathtaking mountaineering films, this year’s Competition section will let the public explore the abysses, with the spectacular films Diving Into the Unknown and Life in Four Elements.

The opening and closing films will celebrate the realm of mountain animals, with the masterpiece documentaries Les Saisons directed by actor and filmmaker Jacques Perrin, The Eagle Huntress, and the international preview of La Vallée des loups.

Reinhold Messner will take part to the movie program, this year as director, with the world preview of his first film Still Alive, and as inspirator of the exceptional short film W, competing for the prize.

The Himalaya range holds a prominent position in some of the feature films previewed at the festival: the Japanese epic film Everest — The Summit of the Gods based on Taniguchi’s manga, the much acclaimed Nepalese movie White Sun, and the spectacular adventure of Soul on a String, with its magnificent Tibetan landscapes.

Another first preview will be the one of the hot-topic film Senza possibilità di errore, on the National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps, known for their interventions after the earthquakes in Central Italy.

The program also includes music-related films, with the bizarre Project Rockin’ High on the attempt of a heavy-metal Finnish band to enter the Guinness World Records holding the highest concert ever made, at Everest Base Camp, and with the Trentino rock opera Dolomitenfront.

The auteur film Ascent, on Mount Fuji in Japan, Strangers on the Earth on the Camino de Santiago, and the competing Becoming Who I Was, the story of a child believed to be the reincarnation of a Buddhist master, all explore the connections between mountain and spirituality.

The tragic 2015 Nepalese earthquake keeps being a paramount documentary subject: unpublished images of the avalanche at Everest Base Camp are the topic of Too High to Fall, of the Competition section, while Trembling Mountain tells the story of tormented village Langtang, from mourning to reconstruction.

The festival will also give space to film genre, with the late night screening of Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies, an hilarious splatter charade set on the Tyrolese mountains and slopes, haunted by living deads.

Finally, this year marks the debut of the TFF Family section, with two films dedicated to children: the preview of the animation masterpiece Long Way North by Rémi Chayé (Original title: Tout en haut du monde) and the restoration of Son tornata per te – Heidi by Luigi Comencini.