Eliza Kubarska and Monika Braid's film "The Wall of Shadows" won the award for the best documentary film at the Bergen International Film Festival, the Polish Film Institute (PISF) informed on Twitter.
The winning film won an award of 30,000. Norwegian kroner.
As recalled by the Polish Film Institute, which co-financed the production of the picture, "Wall of Shadows" had its world premiere at the Hot Docs festival, and Polish viewers could see it for the first time at the 17th Millennium Docs Against Gravity festival.
"This is a universal story about the clash of two cultures. The story takes place at the foot of the Himalayan mountain, reaching almost 8,000 m Kumbhakarna, also known as Jannu. For Western mountaineers it is one of the most difficult mountains in the world and a dream destination to + conquer +, but for Nepalese sherpa - one of the last holy mountains "- we read on the PISF website.
"According to local beliefs, its peak is inhabited by gods and people are not allowed to enter their area. However, the illiterate Nada decides to take part in the expedition. For 20 years, he has been risking his life as a high-altitude porter, hanging ropes on eight-thousanders. Now he wants to earn money for school for his youngest son - teenage Dawa - and thus save him from the dangerous work of a Himalayan porter. However, participation in an expedition to the sacred mountain means breaking the taboo "- it was written in the description of the film.
As recalled by the Polish Film Institute, the climbers who intend to conquer the eastern face of Kumbhakarna are "the outstanding Polish climber Marcin Tomaszewski and the two-time winners of the climbing Oscar (Złoty Czekan) - Dmitri Golovchenko and Sergey Nilow from Russia".
The filmmakers visited Nepal three times during the production, and the photos in 4K technology were taken at heights of up to 7,400 m, in the Himalayan winter conditions. "The climbing of mountaineers turned out to be so ambitious and risky that the action was watched by the media from all over the world" - wrote the Polish Film Institute.
As explained, "Wall of Shadows" is the third collaborative film between director Eliza Kubarska and producer Monika Braid. It was created in a Polish-German-Swiss co-production. The cinematographer is the award-winning director, screenwriter and cinematographer Piotr Rosołowski, who is also the co-author of the script.
The sound was made by Franciszek Kozłowski and Zofia Morus. Special photos were taken by Keith Partridge from Great Britain and the climbers themselves. The editing of the film is the work of Barbara Toennieshen from Germany, and the music was composed by Marcel Vaid from Switzerland (PAP)
author: Grzegorz Janikowski