K2. Touching the Sky (2015)
UK/Poland/Germany, Documentary, 72 min.
Mountaineers are some of the heroes of our time but sometimes the risks taken to follow their extreme passion come at a costly price. For the families of those who never return from the peaks of the highest mountains the price is certainly felt the hardest.
In 1986 a mass expedition of experienced climbers left 13 dead in what is now known as K2’s ‘black summer’. With the hope of further understanding their parents’ passion four of the children of those who lost their lives to the mountain embark on an emotional journey deep in to the Himalayas, retracing their parents steps the to base camp of K2, the world’s second highest peak.
Over 20 years have passed since their parents’ deaths but can their journey somehow help them come to terms with their loss?
Director Eliza Kubarska
Producers Katarzyna Slesicka and Monika Braid
Cinematographer Radoslaw Ladczuk
HBO Europe, Wajda Studio, Inselfilm Produktion, Braidmade Films and Vertical Vision Film Studio
Funding Polish Film Institute, Servus TV
World Sales Rise and Shine
Best Feature Film - 41. Banff Mountain Film Festival, Canada
Alpine Camera in Gold - 29. International Mountainfilm Graz, Austria
Grand Prix - 16. Kendal Mountain Festival, UK
Best Director - Bilbao Mendi Film Festival, Spain
Best Mountain Culture Film - 32. Torello Mountain Film Festival, Spain
Grand Prix - 19. Vancouver Mountain Film Festival, Canada
Grand Prix- 13. Hory A Mesto Festival, Slovakia
Gold Genciana - 64.Trento Film Festival, Italy
Grand Prix - Dutch Mountain Film Festival, Heerlen
Premi Gall Fer Cadí - 10a Mostra De Cinema De Muntanya Dels Pirineus
The Best Audiovisual Portrayal- The 30th. Parnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival, Estonia
Prix Montagne - Diablerets Film Festival (2016), Switzerland
Best Alpine Film - Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, Germany
Dok.Fest Munich – In competition
DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
Locarno Film Festival - In competition Semaine de la Critique
Krakow Film Festival – In Competition
A moving examination of the real-life implications of the adventuring spirit.