Filmography

Kurt Diemberger

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    K2 - Triumph and tragedy on the savage mountain

    K2 - Triumph and tragedy on the savage mountain

    Barry Reynolds (1988)

    Chris Bonington and Jim Curran trace the history of K2 expeditions from 1903 to the disastrous loss of life in the summer of 1986, when 13 climbers died on K2, climbing tragedies that aggressively carved the epithet the 'savage mountain' into the public consciousness. Jim Curran was hired by the British 'Fuller’s K2' team to document their attempt on the unclimbed NW Ridge, so he was at the mountain, all summer. Inevitably, his documentary ended up drifting into a gripping narrative from the front line of the disastrous and tragic summer that killed 13 climbers on K2.

    UK / 50 min

    K2 - Triumph and tragedy on the savage mountain

    Barry Reynolds, Allen Jewhurst

    • 1988
    • UK
    • 50 min
    Chris Bonington and Jim Curran trace the history of K2 expeditions from 1903 to the disastrous loss of life in the summer of 1986, when 13 climbers died on K2, climbing tragedies that aggressively carved the epithet the 'savage mountain' into the public consciousness. Jim Curran was hired by the British 'Fuller’s K2' team to document their attempt on the unclimbed NW Ridge, so he was at the mountain, all summer. Inevitably, his documentary ended up drifting into a gripping narrative from the front line of the disastrous and tragic summer that killed 13 climbers on K2.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Mountain of mountains

    Mountain of mountains

    Sue Jerrard (1987)

    On 4th August 1986, Julie Tullis achieved her dream of reaching the summit of K2, but she died two days later, stranded by a terrible storm during the descent. Her climbing companion, Kurt Diemburger survived, and talks with Julie's family about the spirit that drives people to climb, and the effect it had on them. The program was part of the series 'The human factor' by the British TV channel Television South.

    UK / 30 min

    Mountain of mountains

    Sue Jerrard

    • 1987
    • UK
    • 30 min
    On 4th August 1986, Julie Tullis achieved her dream of reaching the summit of K2, but she died two days later, stranded by a terrible storm during the descent. Her climbing companion, Kurt Diemburger survived, and talks with Julie's family about the spirit that drives people to climb, and the effect it had on them. The program was part of the series 'The human factor' by the British TV channel Television South.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    K2 - The elusive summit

    K2 - The elusive summit

    Tony Bray (1984)

    A woman's experience in the Himalayas on the world's second-highest mountain. In the summer of 1984, Kurt Diemberger and Julie Tullis accompanied a Swiss expedition that was planning to attempt K2. On a previous attempt, Kurt and Julie got within 2000ft of the summit, giving Julie the altitude record for a British woman climber. In this program, Julie recounts her experiences filming and climbing among the world's most formidable peaks. Two years later, Tullis and Diemberger successfully climbed K2 in an expedition that ended tragically with the death of Tullis and four other climbers after being caught by a terrible storm during the descent.

    UK / 60 min

    K2 - The elusive summit

    Tony Bray, Peter Elliott

    • 1984
    • UK
    • 60 min
    A woman's experience in the Himalayas on the world's second-highest mountain. In the summer of 1984, Kurt Diemberger and Julie Tullis accompanied a Swiss expedition that was planning to attempt K2. On a previous attempt, Kurt and Julie got within 2000ft of the summit, giving Julie the altitude record for a British woman climber. In this program, Julie recounts her experiences filming and climbing among the world's most formidable peaks. Two years later, Tullis and Diemberger successfully climbed K2 in an expedition that ended tragically with the death of Tullis and four other climbers after being caught by a terrible storm during the descent.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    L'altra cara del K2

    Xavier Casillanis (2005)

    In 2004, on the 50th anniversary of the first K2 ascent, a Catalan expedition led by Òscar Cadiach reached the summit of this 28,250-foot mountain by its toughest route: 'The Magic Line', only climbed once until then. The adventure ended successfully, but it was plagued with difficulties and tragedy along the way. This documentary illustrates the most human side of the mountaineering spirit. The film, produced by the Catalan Television, was finalist at Banff, Kendal, Trento and many other Festivals in 2005 and won the Grand Prize at Torello 2005.

    Spain / 45 min

    L'altra cara del K2

    Xavier Casillanis, Narcis Noguera

    • 2005
    • Spain
    • 45 min
    In 2004, on the 50th anniversary of the first K2 ascent, a Catalan expedition led by Òscar Cadiach reached the summit of this 28,250-foot mountain by its toughest route: 'The Magic Line', only climbed once until then. The adventure ended successfully, but it was plagued with difficulties and tragedy along the way. This documentary illustrates the most human side of the mountaineering spirit. The film, produced by the Catalan Television, was finalist at Banff, Kendal, Trento and many other Festivals in 2005 and won the Grand Prize at Torello 2005.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Mont Blanc - Der grosse grat von Peuterey DVD

    Mont Blanc - Der grosse grat von Peuterey

    Kurt Diemberger (1962)

    In 1958 Kurt Diemberger dared a double adventure: to undertake the biggest ridge traverse in the Alps and at the same time, capture this expedition on film. Even today, the traverse of the entire Peuterey Ridge on the Mont Blanc is a true challenge for every mountaineer. Eight kilometers of climbing which cannot be done in one day. At those times, no one could foresee the outcome of such an adventure. Even Hermann Buhl and Gaston Rebuffat had already tried this traverse before Diemberger, without success. Together with Franz Lindner, Kurt Diemberger succeeded in traversing the integral Peuterey Ridge within five days.

    Austria / 42 min

    Mont Blanc - Der grosse grat von Peuterey

    Kurt Diemberger

    • 1962
    • Austria
    • 42 min
    In 1958 Kurt Diemberger dared a double adventure: to undertake the biggest ridge traverse in the Alps and at the same time, capture this expedition on film. Even today, the traverse of the entire Peuterey Ridge on the Mont Blanc is a true challenge for every mountaineer. Eight kilometers of climbing which cannot be done in one day. At those times, no one could foresee the outcome of such an adventure. Even Hermann Buhl and Gaston Rebuffat had already tried this traverse before Diemberger, without success. Together with Franz Lindner, Kurt Diemberger succeeded in traversing the integral Peuterey Ridge within five days.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Carlos Soria y el K2

    Carlos Soria y el K2

    Daniel Salas (2004)

    Carlos Soria y el K2 tells the adventure of a man who for more than half a century has combined his passion for the mountain with family and work. The documentary shows his expedition to K2 in 2004 from the inside, with spectacular images to the summit itself. Carlos, with 65 years, will become the oldest person to ascend to the Mountain of the mountains, demonstrating that, as he says: 'it is never too late to make a dream come true'.

    Spain / 53 min

    Carlos Soria y el K2

    Daniel Salas

    • 2004
    • Spain
    • 53 min
    Carlos Soria y el K2 tells the adventure of a man who for more than half a century has combined his passion for the mountain with family and work. The documentary shows his expedition to K2 in 2004 from the inside, with spectacular images to the summit itself. Carlos, with 65 years, will become the oldest person to ascend to the Mountain of the mountains, demonstrating that, as he says: 'it is never too late to make a dream come true'.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    K2 - Traum und schicksal DVD

    K2 - Traum und schicksal

    Kurt Diemberger (1989)

    In 1986, Kurt Diemberger and his companion Julie Tullis came back to the K2, after two failed expeditions, in order to finally stand on the summit of the mountain of all mountains. Their dream comes true. They reach the summit of K2. However, on the way down, Julie and four other mountaineers die. They were caught by a horrible storm which forced them to stay at an altitude of 8.000m for several days, all because they had lost one important day during their ascent. Kurt Diemberger and Willi Bauer were the only ones who were able to survive this inferno on the second highest mountain on earth - merely with serious frostbites.

    Austria / 60 min

    K2 - Traum und schicksal

    Kurt Diemberger

    • 1989
    • Austria
    • 60 min
    In 1986, Kurt Diemberger and his companion Julie Tullis came back to the K2, after two failed expeditions, in order to finally stand on the summit of the mountain of all mountains. Their dream comes true. They reach the summit of K2. However, on the way down, Julie and four other mountaineers die. They were caught by a horrible storm which forced them to stay at an altitude of 8.000m for several days, all because they had lost one important day during their ascent. Kurt Diemberger and Willi Bauer were the only ones who were able to survive this inferno on the second highest mountain on earth - merely with serious frostbites.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    K2, Broad Peak

    Zdenek Gawlik (2003)

    Sixth episode of the historical series on the Czech Himalayan expeditions 'Ceske himalajske dobrodruzstvi'. In May 1983, a large Italian expedition to K2 was planned. Josef Rakoncaj, with Austrian Kurt Diemberger and Julie Tullis had the task of filming the expedition. Who would have thought that the Czech climber would take the camera to the top of the mountain? In 1986, Rakoncaj ascended again K2, just two weeks later, he climbed Broad Peak, both without oxygen, becoming the first in making the doublet.

    Czech Republic / 56 min

    K2, Broad Peak

    Zdenek Gawlik

    • 2003
    • Czech Republic
    • 56 min
    Sixth episode of the historical series on the Czech Himalayan expeditions 'Ceske himalajske dobrodruzstvi'. In May 1983, a large Italian expedition to K2 was planned. Josef Rakoncaj, with Austrian Kurt Diemberger and Julie Tullis had the task of filming the expedition. Who would have thought that the Czech climber would take the camera to the top of the mountain? In 1986, Rakoncaj ascended again K2, just two weeks later, he climbed Broad Peak, both without oxygen, becoming the first in making the doublet.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Dhaulagiri, Nanga Parbat

    Zdenek Gawlik (2003)

    Third episode of the historical series on the Czech Himalayan expeditions 'Ceske himalajske dobrodruzstvi'. The episode focuses on two legendary mountains: Dhaulagiri and Nanga Parbat. In 1984 Three members of a Czechoslovakian expedition (Jan Simon, Karel Jakes, Jaromir Stejskal) climb the west face to the summit, a 4,000 meters high wall, one of the highest in the world. Simon died during the descent. In 1992, Josef Rakoncaj and Josef Nežerka made the first Czech ascent to Nanga Parbat.

    Czech Republic / 56 min

    Dhaulagiri, Nanga Parbat

    Zdenek Gawlik

    • 2003
    • Czech Republic
    • 56 min
    Third episode of the historical series on the Czech Himalayan expeditions 'Ceske himalajske dobrodruzstvi'. The episode focuses on two legendary mountains: Dhaulagiri and Nanga Parbat. In 1984 Three members of a Czechoslovakian expedition (Jan Simon, Karel Jakes, Jaromir Stejskal) climb the west face to the summit, a 4,000 meters high wall, one of the highest in the world. Simon died during the descent. In 1992, Josef Rakoncaj and Josef Nežerka made the first Czech ascent to Nanga Parbat.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Gipfelsturm der Frauen

    Gipfelsturm der Frauen

    Franz Fuchs (2009)

    Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is one of the four female mountain climbers, along with Nives Meroi (Italy), Edurne Pasaban (Spain) and Oh Eun-Sun (South Korea), who could be the first to conquer all 14 eight-thousand-meter peaks in the world. Twice in 2009 she tried to climb the 13th eight-thousander, the K2 in the Karakorum, twice she had to turn back. Filmmaker Franz Fuchs accompanied her to the Karakorum massif on her attempts to K2. Documentary of the Austrian television.

    Austria / 45 min

    Gipfelsturm der Frauen

    Franz Fuchs

    • 2009
    • Austria
    • 45 min
    Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is one of the four female mountain climbers, along with Nives Meroi (Italy), Edurne Pasaban (Spain) and Oh Eun-Sun (South Korea), who could be the first to conquer all 14 eight-thousand-meter peaks in the world. Twice in 2009 she tried to climb the 13th eight-thousander, the K2 in the Karakorum, twice she had to turn back. Filmmaker Franz Fuchs accompanied her to the Karakorum massif on her attempts to K2. Documentary of the Austrian television.

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