LES ARETES DE LUMIERE
France / 1995 / 25'
Lionel Wibault, a 48-year-old Frenchman, is not only a mountain guide but also an artist, a painter who regularly exchanges crampons and picks for canvas and brushes. He has decided to paint Mont Blanc a hundred times. One hundred different canvases portraying his favourite subject in various lights and from various aspects. He does not know when he will complete this job. The film follows him scaling the mountain and also while he’s painting his nineteenth Mont Blanc.
Born in 1953 in Chamoniard, France, Gilles Chappaz is a journalist, television consultant, ski instructor and member of the Higher Council of Mountain Sports. He is the film producer for Migoo Productions, which specialises in making mountain films. He works on the production of France 3’s programme Montagne Magazine. As a director, he has made a host of documentaries and films about skiing and the mountains, including Sur le fil des 4000, Lignes de Pente, Berhault, La Voie Terray and Extrement Votre. He has taken part in numerous editions of the Trento Film Festival.