TOUCHING THE VOID
TOUCHING THE VOID
KEVIN MACDONALD
United Kingdom / 2003 / 116'
TOUCHING THE VOID
KEVIN MACDONALD
United Kingdom / 2003 / 116'

In 1985 two young English mountaineers, Joe Simpson e Simon Yates, undertook a journey in the Peruvian Andes. After two day’s walk the mountaineers left Hawking, a young traveller they met on the way, at base camp and set off to conquer a summit of the Siula Grande. Its West face had never been climbed before; 21000 feet high, it looked like a huge wall of ice. After three tiring days they reached the top and then began the difficult descent. Simpson fell and hurt his leg: there was no shed of blood externally, but the internal brusing was considerable. They continued the descent tied by a single 8mm diameter rope.
Then Simpson fell into a crevice and Yates realised the only way to save himself was to cult rope holding them together, which he did. Simpson disappeared down the crevice. With a great effort Yates managed to return alone to base camp. After one week, when his friends had lost all hope of ever seeing him again, Simpson miraculously reappeared. In a thrilling account, the drama of Simpson’s survival and Yates’ distressing decision and remorse emerge in all their grimness.

Director

KEVIN MACDONALD

Awards

GENZIANA D'ORO GRAN PREMIO "CITTÀ DI TRENTO"
Ed. 2004

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