In the late 20th century, Slovak Himalaya mountaineering experienced world successes, but also failures. Through the eyes of one generation of climbers, the two-part Addicted to Altitude documentary shows the evolution of Slovak Himalaya mountaineering from the very first expeditions to the brave attempts on the highest mountain in the world.
Script: PAVOL BARABÁŠ
Cast: VIKTOR BERÁNEK, JAN ČERVINKA, ZOLTÁN DEMJÁN, IVAN FIALA, RÓBERT GÁLFY,
LEOŠ CHLÁDEK, GEJZA HAAK, MICHAL OROLIN, LEOPOLD PÁLENÍČEK,
JAROMÍR STEJSKAL, VLASTIMIL ŠMÍDA, IVAN URBANOVIČ, ĽUDOVÍT ZÁHORANSKÝ
Music: MARTIN BARABÁŠ
Sound: MARTIN MERC
Dramaturgy: RÓBERT VALOVIČ
Photography: PAVOL BARABÁŠ
Directed by: PAVOL BARABÁŠ
Length TV version: 54min. +54 min.
Distribution Format: DCP, BLU RAY, DVD
Year of production: 2017
"Upon their return from the first expedition up an eight-thousander, the mountaineers were welcomed by the president, and the whole republic saw them as heroes. What was it that made us Himalayan trendsetters back then? Was it the strength of our team that enabled us to achieve the impossible? Or was it the chance to get out of communist Czechoslovakia? Why doesn't today's generation have the courage to set goals like the ones our mountaineers did a half-century ago? Or have they found other goals? Through his friends' words, we chart the visions of a man who dared to pursue his dreams and ended up inspiring the finest Czechoslovak mountain climbers." (Pavol Barabáš)
About Ivan Gálfy: cca 700 ascents in the Tatras. Represented Czechoslovakia in mountaineering and from 1954 worked in the Mountain Rescue Service. Chaired the Council of Coaches of Czechoslovakia and the Czechoslovak Mountaineering Union. From 1976 to 2001 worked as Slovak Mountain Rescue Service chief until health-related retirement.
Mount Everest – the highest mountain on Earth. To some it's just a statistical figure or a place on the map. Yet to others it means everything - life and death. The first man to summit Everest put it very clearly: "Aim high! There's little virtue in easy victory".
"Though mountaineering may seem to be too specific a subject, familiar only to a handful of people, it encompasses much, much more. It isn't just about conquering mountains and boosting one's ego. As Edmund Hillary put it, 'It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
"Although mountaineering may seem a very specific subject, familiar only to few people, it encompasses so much more. It isn't just about conquering mountains and ego building. As Edmund Hillary put it, 'It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves'." (Pavol Barabáš)
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