TUESDAY, JANUARY 26TH, 7PM
Cinema Village Theatre
22 E. 12TH St, New York, NY
‘NORTH FACE’ OPENS ON JANUARY 29TH
Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema
143 E. Houston St, New York, NY
NORTH FACE is a gripping adventure drama about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. It’s 1936, and Nazi propaganda urges German Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif, the Eiger North Face – aka “Murder Wall” – before the Olympic Games begin. The legendary 1800-meter-high wall of stone and ice has been casting its spell for decades, and two young hot-shot Bavarian climbers, Toni Kurz (BENNO FÜRMANN) and Andi Hinterstoisser (FLORIAN LUKAS), are finally lured into the challenge. Preparing at the foot of the mountain, they cross paths with Toni’s childhood love, Luise (JOHANNA WOKALEK), who is reporting on the first ascent for a Berlin newspaper. Tensions rise as personal drama blends with the anticipation of the dangerous feat.
Realistically shot, NORTH FACE reveals the brutal struggle to survive on the mountain. Director/screenwriter Philipp Stölzl keeps viewers as breathless as if they were climbing the mountain themselves, rather than sitting comfortably in a theatre.