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JEAN AFANASSIEFF

France / 1987 / 26'

Eric Escoffer is a young French alpinist and one of the best representatives of his generation of fast climbers of the great alpine mountain faces. In 1986, at the end of the winter he attempted to climb in succession , without a day's rest in between, the most exacting and historical northern faces of the Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses.

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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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