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'Mountain' Takes Viewers to New Heights


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

Humans have long been fascinated by mountains. But just a few centuries ago, the thought of climbing one—much less the ability to film them—seemed preposterous and even impossible. Mountain, a documentary directed by Jennifer Peedom, explores some of the world's most impressive mountains.

"Director Jennifer Peedom has orchestrated — to alternately ethereal and percussive music from the Australian Chamber Orchestra — a rhapsodic feature-length aria of altitude: the majestic snow-capped peaks and rugged cliffs of the world, all of which remained uncharted and regarded as places of peril until, as Willem Dafoe's narrator puts it, an age of exploration led to these blank spaces on maps getting filled in." –NPR

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" ... the American film-maker and climber Renan Ozturk ... is also the visual lynchpin of Mountain. He shot most of the arresting sequences in the film, some drawn from his earlier work on landmark adventure documentaries such as Meru and the Last Honey Hunter. If you’ve been at one of the increasing number of mountain film festivals in recent years, you will recognise some of these scenes. If you haven’t, prepare to be amazed. The opening sequence is Ozturk’s work, showing his friend Alex Honnold, the most famous solo climber in history, perched on his toes hundreds of feet up El Potrero Chico, a limestone cliff in Mexico, with no rope to break his fall, casually shaking out both arms at the same time. It’s enough to make your palms sweat." –The Guardian

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"Get ready for your heart to skip a few beats if you plan to see the current film “Mountain,” featuring goosebumps-inducing footage of wingsuiters, tightrope walkers, BASE jumpers, skiers, mountain bikers and rock climbers pursuing passions that take them to the world’s highest peaks, from Alaska to Tibet." –Variety

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