IL GRANDE SOGNO
Italy / 2008 / 20'
The film describes the ascent of Cerro Standthardt, Punta Herron and Egger Tower in Patagonia. The initial plan was to climb all four peaks: Standthardt, Herron, Egger and Cerro Torre. Twenty years before Salvaterra, Orlandi and Giarolli had already attempted this challenge that had remained a sought after dream for years. In November 2007, Ermanno Salvaterra, Alessandro Beltrami, Mirko Masè and Fabio Salvadei set off on the extraordinary crossing. Once they reached the Colle della Conquista, the Trentino team had to abandon the ascent of the last peak, the fearful and very difficult Cerro Torre, because of the dangerous hazard of ice falls caused by rising temperatures.
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.