Josef Schwellensattl

Germany / 2001 / 43'

The Adamello glacier is the largest Italian glacier and one of the largest in the central Alps. The Adamello massif is similar to the frozen Scandinavian slopes and we visit this world with the men who live and work in it. Andrea Faustinelli, one of the most popular guides of the area and manager of Garibaldi refuge, takes us over the glacier to the highest peak (3539 m) which he has been to 106 times. The relics emerging from the glacier bear witness to the tragedy of the White War that brought fear and death.
Then we meet the men who inspect the big Avio dam every day. Afterwards we climb to the Mandrone across the detritus to the Lobbia Alta refuge where we are welcomed by the manager Martino Zaino who tells us, among other things, about the time he accompanied the Pope skiing.
Many wild valleys lead to the mountain. In one of the oldest, Val di Genova, Paride, the forest warden, takes us to the famous waterfalls to meet Faustino and his four children who break large blocks of granite from the walls in the quarry, often using a wedge and wooden hammer.


Josef Schwellensattl

He was born in Ultimo in the province of Bolzano in 1954. He graduated at the School of Art of Ortisei in Val Gardena. In 1975 he moved to Munich where he attended the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, where he took his degree in 1981. Since then he has worked as a writer and director, mainly for the Bayerisches Fernsehen, in about seventy documentaries including: Der harte Weg zum weissen Stein, Der Kreuzgang der Ladiner, Tonino Guerra-Kaffee der Schwebt, Im Ultental, Ein Besuch daheim, Juval oder alles Liebe Reinhold, Die Brenta e Die Gletscher des Adamello. Das Kalb Iin der Kuh und das Korn in der Kist. Ein Bergbauernjahr im Ultental participated in TrentoFilmfestival in 2007.

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