Filmography

Jean Afanassieff

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    Eric Escoffier - La fureur de vivre DVD

    Eric Escoffier - La fureur de vivre

    Bertrand Delapierre (2019)

    The 'Escoffier style' is a unique cocktail of grace, speed and nerve. Minimal equipment, no tiresome need for recognition, no stress but instead betting it all on the very limits of what is thought possible along with an established daredevil reputation. Being independent, fast-paced, improvising, these were the rules he lived by. From 1985 onwards, everything he did was a success: delta, firsts, climbing, race driving... As he liked to say: "Nothing is impossible". He seemed indestructible. However, on 11 September 1987, a car accident left him hemiplegic, but not to be defeated, he soon set numerous goals.

    France / 52 min

    Eric Escoffier - La fureur de vivre

    Bertrand Delapierre, Séverine Gauci

    • 2019
    • France
    • 52 min
    The 'Escoffier style' is a unique cocktail of grace, speed and nerve. Minimal equipment, no tiresome need for recognition, no stress but instead betting it all on the very limits of what is thought possible along with an established daredevil reputation. Being independent, fast-paced, improvising, these were the rules he lived by. From 1985 onwards, everything he did was a success: delta, firsts, climbing, race driving... As he liked to say: "Nothing is impossible". He seemed indestructible. However, on 11 September 1987, a car accident left him hemiplegic, but not to be defeated, he soon set numerous goals.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Portrait of a snow lion

    Portrait of a snow lion

    Richard Else (1992)

    Fourth episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode portraits Reinhold Messner, the most famous mountaineer in the history of the sport. He was the first person to climb all 14 peaks over 8,000 meters, and the first, with Peter Habeler, to climb Everest without artificial oxygen. Chris Bonington visits Messner in his Tyrol castle. The program also highlights the figure of Doug Scott and the way he approached the highest Himalayan peaks.

    UK / 30 min

    Portrait of a snow lion

    Richard Else

    • 1992
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Fourth episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode portraits Reinhold Messner, the most famous mountaineer in the history of the sport. He was the first person to climb all 14 peaks over 8,000 meters, and the first, with Peter Habeler, to climb Everest without artificial oxygen. Chris Bonington visits Messner in his Tyrol castle. The program also highlights the figure of Doug Scott and the way he approached the highest Himalayan peaks.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Faces Nord

    Jean Afanassieff (1987)

    March 12, 1987. The young French mountaineer Eric Escoffier prepares his equipment, very reduced in material and food. He leaves the next day and intends to chain three north faces in the Alps: Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses. The ascent of the first summit, the Eiger is slow, difficult and full of pitfalls. It takes 17 hours to reach it. Without recognizing the terrain -he prefers to improvise- the mountaineer continues through the Matterhorn. When night falls, anxiety is felt on Zermatt's side. Help is organized to pick him up. Despite his refusal to return, Escoffier is finally hoisted. Christophe Profit, a few hours earlier, managed the chain of three summits.

    France / 26 min

    Faces Nord

    Jean Afanassieff

    • 1987
    • France
    • 26 min
    March 12, 1987. The young French mountaineer Eric Escoffier prepares his equipment, very reduced in material and food. He leaves the next day and intends to chain three north faces in the Alps: Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses. The ascent of the first summit, the Eiger is slow, difficult and full of pitfalls. It takes 17 hours to reach it. Without recognizing the terrain -he prefers to improvise- the mountaineer continues through the Matterhorn. When night falls, anxiety is felt on Zermatt's side. Help is organized to pick him up. Despite his refusal to return, Escoffier is finally hoisted. Christophe Profit, a few hours earlier, managed the chain of three summits.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Qomolangma

    Jean Afanassieff (1984)

    In 1983, a French expedition, led by Yannick Seigneur and including Jean Afanassieff, left for Tibet to climb the western ridge of Everest on the Chinese side in alpine style. Jean Afanassieff films the Tibetan population between tradition, religion and modernity and tells us about this expedition.

    France / 30 min

    Qomolangma

    Jean Afanassieff, Bernard Prud'homme

    • 1984
    • France
    • 30 min
    In 1983, a French expedition, led by Yannick Seigneur and including Jean Afanassieff, left for Tibet to climb the western ridge of Everest on the Chinese side in alpine style. Jean Afanassieff films the Tibetan population between tradition, religion and modernity and tells us about this expedition.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    La montagne nue - Version longue

    La montagne nue - Version longue

    Jean Afanassieff (1982)

    This is a report of a Himalayan expedition that attempted to conquer the South-East pillar of Nanga Parbat in the spring of 1982. The film is based on a report of the expedition but there is also a historical presentation of Nanga Parbat in the narrative. A film by Jean Afanassieff. There is a 27 minutes version of the same documentary.

    France / 52 min

    La montagne nue - Version longue

    Jean Afanassieff

    • 1982
    • France
    • 52 min
    This is a report of a Himalayan expedition that attempted to conquer the South-East pillar of Nanga Parbat in the spring of 1982. The film is based on a report of the expedition but there is also a historical presentation of Nanga Parbat in the narrative. A film by Jean Afanassieff. There is a 27 minutes version of the same documentary.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Quand les alpinistes font leur cinéma

    Quand les alpinistes font leur cinéma

    Claude Francillon (2000)

    Many mountaineers in the course of their activity have used cameras and films to let us participate through images in their adventures and emotions. Many of them have become true film professionals: Lionel Terray, Marcel Ichac, Renè Vernadet, Jean Afanasieff, Pierre Royer, Denis Ducroz, Kurt Diemberg and many others are among the so-called conquerors of the mountain image. The film describes the passion of these men in the highest mountains on earth...behind the lens.

    France / 47 min

    Quand les alpinistes font leur cinéma

    Claude Francillon

    • 2000
    • France
    • 47 min
    Many mountaineers in the course of their activity have used cameras and films to let us participate through images in their adventures and emotions. Many of them have become true film professionals: Lionel Terray, Marcel Ichac, Renè Vernadet, Jean Afanasieff, Pierre Royer, Denis Ducroz, Kurt Diemberg and many others are among the so-called conquerors of the mountain image. The film describes the passion of these men in the highest mountains on earth...behind the lens.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Gary Hemming Vod

    Gary Hemming

    Jean Afanassieff (1996)

    he American Alpine climber Gary Hemming was a figure of the 60’s. The story of this out-of-the-common character is closely linked to that of the mountain rescue in Les Drus in 1966, in the mont Blanc range, a rescue he took the initiative for. The press fell on the event and raised Gary Hemming to the status of a national hero. All the papers show on the front page this big young man who looks like a 'beatnik' dressed all anyhow, with a wide smile and long fair hair. From then on, he is nicknamed the beatnik of the summits. In Chamonix he is already known. Gary landed in France in 1960 and while preparing a university degree in Grenoble, he devotes himself to his passion: climbing.

    France / 25 min

    Gary Hemming

    Jean Afanassieff

    • 1996
    • France
    • 25 min
    he American Alpine climber Gary Hemming was a figure of the 60’s. The story of this out-of-the-common character is closely linked to that of the mountain rescue in Les Drus in 1966, in the mont Blanc range, a rescue he took the initiative for. The press fell on the event and raised Gary Hemming to the status of a national hero. All the papers show on the front page this big young man who looks like a 'beatnik' dressed all anyhow, with a wide smile and long fair hair. From then on, he is nicknamed the beatnik of the summits. In Chamonix he is already known. Gary landed in France in 1960 and while preparing a university degree in Grenoble, he devotes himself to his passion: climbing.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    La Grande Cordée

    La Grande Cordée

    Jean Afanassieff (1997)

    French mountaineering after the war underwent great renewal. In contrast to aristocratic mountaineering with personalities like Henri de Ségogne, and professional mountaineering with guides as the emblematic figures, a new form of amateur mountaineering developed from the Parisian working classes: 'cheeky' mountaineering. The Robert Paragot-Lucien Bérardini team is the most striking illustration of this. Insolent, iconoclastic, anticonformist, they symbolise the post-war climbers from modest backgrounds who, caring nothing for conventions and rules, upset the stereotypes of the 'perfect mountaineer'.

    France / 52 min

    La Grande Cordée

    Jean Afanassieff

    • 1997
    • France
    • 52 min
    French mountaineering after the war underwent great renewal. In contrast to aristocratic mountaineering with personalities like Henri de Ségogne, and professional mountaineering with guides as the emblematic figures, a new form of amateur mountaineering developed from the Parisian working classes: 'cheeky' mountaineering. The Robert Paragot-Lucien Bérardini team is the most striking illustration of this. Insolent, iconoclastic, anticonformist, they symbolise the post-war climbers from modest backgrounds who, caring nothing for conventions and rules, upset the stereotypes of the 'perfect mountaineer'.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Guido Magnone - L'artiste

    Jean Afanassieff (1997)

    Guido Magnone arrives in France at the age of three. After studying art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he discovered the mountain and quickly became one of the best climbers of his generation. He made prestigious conquests such as the western face of the Drus in the Alps, the first climbs of Fitz Roy in Patagonia with Lionel Terray or Makalu in the Himalayas. He also undertakes many expeditions in the Caucasus, the Rockies ... Magnone also participated in the creation of UCPA (Union des Centres Sportifs de Plein Air)and was president of the Groupe de Haute Montagne from 1961 to 1965.

    France / 25 min

    Guido Magnone - L'artiste

    Jean Afanassieff

    • 1997
    • France
    • 25 min
    Guido Magnone arrives in France at the age of three. After studying art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he discovered the mountain and quickly became one of the best climbers of his generation. He made prestigious conquests such as the western face of the Drus in the Alps, the first climbs of Fitz Roy in Patagonia with Lionel Terray or Makalu in the Himalayas. He also undertakes many expeditions in the Caucasus, the Rockies ... Magnone also participated in the creation of UCPA (Union des Centres Sportifs de Plein Air)and was president of the Groupe de Haute Montagne from 1961 to 1965.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Faszination bergfilm - Himmelhoch und abgrundtief Vod

    Faszination bergfilm - Himmelhoch und abgrundtief

    Matthias Fanck (2008)

    Faszination bergfilm - Himmelhoch und abgrundtief is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Matterhorn and Eiger. It was directed by Hans-Jürgen Panitz in 2008 and produced by Movieman Productions. It features Philipp Stölzl, Gerhard Baur, Matthias Fanck, Kurt Diemberger, Jean Afanassieff, Peter Latzko and others.

    Germany / 59 min

    Faszination bergfilm - Himmelhoch und abgrundtief

    Matthias Fanck, Hans-Jürgen Panitz

    • 2008
    • Germany
    • 59 min
    Faszination bergfilm - Himmelhoch und abgrundtief is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Matterhorn and Eiger. It was directed by Hans-Jürgen Panitz in 2008 and produced by Movieman Productions. It features Philipp Stölzl, Gerhard Baur, Matthias Fanck, Kurt Diemberger, Jean Afanassieff, Peter Latzko and others.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Everest 88, l'expé du ciel Vod

    Everest 88, l'expé du ciel

    Jean Afanassieff (1988)

    The documentary narrates the difficulties and enthusiasm of a trained expedition to Everes along the South Mountain Pass on the Nepalease side. During the adventure Jean Marc Boivin, the great French alpinist who has dominated the scene of adventure at the limits of human possibility, jumps off the highest peak in the wold with his parapente and lands in a camp after a flight about ten inutes. Boivin wanted to descend from the roof of the world oon skis. This is the testimony of a great sports record.

    France / 27 min

    Everest 88, l'expé du ciel

    Jean Afanassieff, Dominique Planche

    • 1988
    • France
    • 27 min
    The documentary narrates the difficulties and enthusiasm of a trained expedition to Everes along the South Mountain Pass on the Nepalease side. During the adventure Jean Marc Boivin, the great French alpinist who has dominated the scene of adventure at the limits of human possibility, jumps off the highest peak in the wold with his parapente and lands in a camp after a flight about ten inutes. Boivin wanted to descend from the roof of the world oon skis. This is the testimony of a great sports record.

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