Jean Afanasieff, a film director and the first Frenchman to climb Everest, pays homage to the veteran Georges Livanos, nicknamed “the Greek”, a famous mountaineer whose best performances were accomplished between 1950 and 1960. The documentary gives a clear-cut portrait. The personage comes out well on the screen and is genuine. A man who has made mountaineering history and is a point of reference for the new generations of climbers of Calanques, in Marseilles, a cove surrounded by rocks.
Jean Afanassieff is a French mountaineer, director, cameraman and producer. He has made 11 films that have featured and won awards at major mountain film festivals, including Trento, Banff, San Sebastian, Les Diablerets, Graz, Katowice, Telluride, La Plagne, Antibes, and Autrans. In 1978, he became the first French mountaineer to climb Everest. In 1979, he set a new world record for high-altitude downhill skiing (8,300 metres). He has taken part in a range of expeditions, including the first ascent of Mont Ross (Kerguelen Islands) and the first ascent of the north face of Mount Fitz Roy (Patagonia). His love of mountaineering and the mountains led him to become a mountain guide and technical consultant. In 1991, he was a jury member of the international TrentoFilmfestival.