DER ROTER TURM
Austria / 2006 / 33'
This film is about passion for the most extreme climbing. The camera captures the physical and psychological qualities that are necessary to face the “Eleventh degree” and the protagonists explain the mental concentration, the training, the attempts and above all the abilities that are necessary to understand and face what the “mystical Eleventh degree” stands for. The climber Herbert Ranggetiner wants to share with the audience not only the psycho-physical engagement, but also his deepest emotions, aroused by this fascinating sport.
Director Gerald Salmina was born in Austria in 1965. In 1995, after a career as a windsurfer, he founded video production house Planet Watch, which specialises in making films on extreme sports, nature and youth culture. In his documentaries, humans and nature meet in extreme situations and his films are shot in tough conditions. His most recent films include Hollywood am Wörthersee (2008), Light & Shadow (2007) and Memento (2006).