The documenary shows some lovely scenes of a vertical ascent of the north-west spur of Gran Pilastro at Punta Herron and the opening of a new route called "Gioconda" (hence the title of the film "Monna Lisa") in October-November last year. This new route took ten days on the wall, five of which were spent there permanently. Unfortunately the expedtion was not blessed with fine weather. In one month there were only a couple of days of sunshine and for the rest of the time rain and snow which was very frustrating for the climbers and turned what shuold have been a simple operation into a difficult feat.
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.