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Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat
Scene from "Nanga Parbat" (photo © Reinhold Messner)

Two brothers. One mountain. Their destiny.

The brothers Reinhold and Guenther Messner had a childhood dream of one day climbing the Nanga Parbat, the over 8,000 meter “naked mountain” in the Himalayas. In the year 1970, the time has come for the 25 and 23-year-old brothers. Under the guidance of the expedition leader Dr. Karl Maria Herrligkoffer, an elite group of international mountain climbers intend to conquer the peak. The route leads over the legendary Rupal Wall, the highest steep face on earth. After a bad weather forecast, Reinhold Messner decides to take to the top alone. Determined but with less experience than his brother, Guenther follows him. Then Guenther suffers from mountain sickness and, on the descent, the struggle for survival begins. Only Reinhold makes it back to the camp alive...


Joseph Vilsmaier was born in 1939 and grew up in Munich and Pfarrkirchen. He undertook an apprenticeship at ARRI from 1953 to 1961 and studied Music at the Munich Conservatory. In 1961, he became a camera assistant at Bavaria and has been a director of photography since 1972. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with AUTUMN MILK (HERBSTMILCH), followed by RAMA DAMA (1990), STALINGRAD (1992), CHARLIE & LOUISE (1993), BROTHER OF SLEEP (SCHLAFES BRUDER, 1995), COMEDIAN HARMONISTS (1997), MARLENE (1999),LEO & CLAIRE (2001), ROCK CRYSTAL (BERGKRISTALL, 2004), THE LAST TRAIN (DER LETZTE ZUG, 2006), DIE GESCHICHTE VOM BRANDNER KASPAR (2008), and NANGA PARBAT (2009).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Joseph Vilsmaier
Screenplay Reinhard Klooss, Sven Severin
Cinematography Joseph Vilsmaier
Sandy Saffeels, Uli Schoen
Gustavo Santaolalla
Anton Gerg
Cast Lena Stolze, Volker Bruch, Alexander Held, Matthias Habich, Sebastian Bezzel, Jule Ronstedt, Steffen Schroeder, Karl Markovics, Florian Stetter, Andreas Tobias, Markus Krojer
Producers Joseph Vilsmaier, Joerg Schallehn
Production Company Nanga Parbat Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with Perathon Film/Munich, Schallehn Beteiligungsgesellschaft/Bonn
Length 104 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Trento 2010 (In Competition), Sao Paulo 2010, Tokyo 2010
Awards Audience Award & Italian Film Critics' Award Trento 2010, Special Jury Award Tokyo 2010
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, Cine Tirol

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