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BALLOONING OVER EVEREST

LEO DICKINSON

United Kingdom / 1992 / 52'

In October 1991 four men made history: they were the first to fly over Everest in a hot air baloon. There had already been three attempts to do this in previous years but the mountain had defeated them every time. Every one ended in crashes, one with serious injuries. For Leo Dickinson and Chris Dewhirst, the pilot and cameraman of one of the ballons the problem still exist. They had tried once and failed but they did not want to give up. The film illustrates their success crowned with the most beautiful aerial view in th world.

Director

LEO DICKINSON

He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of sport adventure film. He has made more than 80films and collaborated in numerous films by other directors. In 1970 he began his climbing career on the North wall of the Eiger, taking his camera to make his first film on mountaineering. Over the years he has made many other films, on Mount Cervino, in Patagonia, on Mount Everest (where he shot Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler’s ascent without the aid of oxygen). In his film “Dudh - Kosi - The Relentless river of Everest” he documented the unpredictable flow of the highest river in the world winning the Great Prize in Trento in 1978. He was Chairman of the International Jury panel at the 40th Film Festival, in 1992, and again a member of it in 2003.

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