Italy / 1995 / 27'
An attempt to climb the South Wall of Cerro Torre in Patagonia is a great mountaineering feat. Three climbers, Ermanno Salvaterra, Roberto Manni and Piergiorgio Vidi, set off for a difficult and unusual adventure: unusual because they are accompanied by a metal box during the 24 days spent on the mountain. 200 kg of aluminium to give them support, while they tackle a wall that seems impossible owing to the difficulties of the climb and the weather conditions.
Ermanno Salvaterra is an alpine guide and a skiing instructor. His name is associated with some of the most beautiful ascents of the Patagonia Mountains such as the third repetition of the Maestri route on Cerro Torre and the first winter ascent of the same route in 1985. During these feats he began, as an amateur, to shoot and become familiar with the camera. After his first short made for Jonathan at Cerro Torre, he shot a second in 1985, Magico Est, about the expedition to the Paine Towers. In 1992 he directed Blu Patagonia, a report on the chain of events of Cerro Standhard and Punta Herron. Among his films we should recall: Fuiste alpiste…è andata così (1995), Infinito Sud (1996) and Cerro Torre, el Arca del los Vientos (2006), which participated in the 54th Trentofilmfestival.