Fifteen years have passed since the spectacular images of Life at your fingertips by the director Jean Paul Janssen led us to discover the formidable climbing champion Patrick Edlinger. We witnessed then the birth of a sporting phenomenon who would leave his indelible mark on many generations of climbers. But 15 years later, beyond the myth, where is Patrick Edlinger? Gilles Chappaz found him on some of the best rock faces in the Verdon area and on other cliffs.
Born in 1953 in Chamoniard, France, Gilles Chappaz is a journalist, television consultant, ski instructor and member of the Higher Council of Mountain Sports. He is the film producer for Migoo Productions, which specialises in making mountain films. He works on the production of France 3’s programme Montagne Magazine. As a director, he has made a host of documentaries and films about skiing and the mountains, including Sur le fil des 4000, Lignes de Pente, Berhault, La Voie Terray and Extrement Votre. He has taken part in numerous editions of the Trento Film Festival.