Italy / 2001 / 66'

Reinhold Messner tells the story of his life, his adventures, his convictions and reflections that have matured along a route that has made him one of the best alpinists of his time, an intellectual who reasons on the history of alpinism and on the reality of the mountain people, a politician with European responsibilities. From his childhood, to the first ascents on the Odle, from the Dolomites with his brother, to Mont Blanc, from the Andes to the mythical Nanga Parbat, from the traumatic amputation of his toes due to frostbite and the thought of giving up alpinism, to the difficult decision of continuing, allowing himself to be drawn by the wealth of Himalayan history and culture, to the first ever conquest of all the 8000 peaks; and then the adventures in Greenland, the Antarctica and the North Pole, to the return to the South Tyrol, with a different, more tolerant and varied outlook. Messner is a modern man, a citizen of the world who has, in various ways, sought to understand and compare himself with the civilisations he has encountered in the light of the contradictory eyes of the West. A film that is an autobiography, a diary, a personal testimony..



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