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JEAN AFANASSIEFF

France / 1987 / 26'

Jean.Marc Boivin is a complete mountain athlete. He is the man who skiism hangglides and solo climbs on the Matterhorn, all on the same day.. Boivin belongs to the generation of alpinists and sportsmen who make an adventure out of every exploit and who launch one challenge after another, as in the staight solo climb of Eiger and jumping off his peak over 8000m high on a hangglider. In this documentary Jean-Marc once again beats the record of the impossible in skiing: five extreme descents in less than 24 hours on Mont Blanc: two first ascents; the descents of Moine, Drus, Aiguille, Courtes and Grandes Jorasses, ending with an alpine parachute flight.

Director

JEAN AFANASSIEFF

Jean Afanassieff is a French mountaineer, director, cameraman and producer. He has made 11 films that have featured and won awards at major mountain film festivals, including Trento, Banff, San Sebastian, Les Diablerets, Graz, Katowice, Telluride, La Plagne, Antibes, and Autrans. In 1978, he became the first French mountaineer to climb Everest. In 1979, he set a new world record for high-altitude downhill skiing (8,300 metres). He has taken part in a range of expeditions, including the first ascent of Mont Ross (Kerguelen Islands) and the first ascent of the north face of Mount Fitz Roy (Patagonia). His love of mountaineering and the mountains led him to become a mountain guide and technical consultant. In 1991, he was a jury member of the international TrentoFilmfestival.

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