In the summer of 1932, Gabriele Boccalatte and Ninì Pietrasanta met on Mont Blanc: climbing together, they fell in love. From then on until 1936, the year they got married, they lived through the greatest period of climbing, opening some of the most difficult routes in the Alps as roped party companions. To keep track of their feats they began to write diaries and take photographs. Ninì, one of the very few women climbers of the era, took a 16mm camera with her on the rock face. In 1937 their son Lorenzo was born and in 1938 Gabriele died, falling from a cliff. Ninì abandoned extreme climbing to continue her life as a mother. A few years after the death of Ninì in 2000, in an old trunk her son Lorenzo found the footage shot by his mother.
Gigi Giustiniani was born in Varallo in 1981. In 2001 he moved to Milan, where he graduated in Cultural Heritage Studies. In 2005 he obtained a diploma in documentary film-making at the Civica Scuola di Cinema in Milan. Since 2005 he has worked as a filmmaker and camera operator.
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