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A film on historic scaling of Nanga Parbat

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Rizwan Ehsan Ali, The International News, Pakistan + Pictured from ARRI News Date: 01.11.2008
Friday, August 29, 2008

Location: Rawalpindi

Renowned mountaineer Reinhold Messner has teamed up with precisionist director and producer Joseph Vilsmaier to shoot a film on Nanga Parbat yet to be named.

“It’s not just a film, but a big project of tourism promotion,” said director Vilsmaier, who has some super hit German films to his credit.

The 6.9 million Euro project is based on Messner’s historic but tragic success of 8,125 metres Nanga Parbat in 1970 when along with his brother Gunther Messner he successfully climbed Rupal face of Nanga Parbat. Both brothers reached the summit, but Gunther died two days later on the descent of the Diamer face.

“So far the script is in the progressive stage, but we have completed some of the ground work by shooting various types of weather at Nanga Parbat over the last few days,” Reinhold told reporters at the introduction of the film here on Thursday.

‘Brothers’ Mountain’ is one of the names under serious consideration, but the director said that nothing is finalised.

Reinhold, who is one of the greatest mountain climbers of all times, was the first climber to ascend all 14 “eight-thousander” peaks around the world.
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Describing the early filming of the project, Reinhold said that around 1,500 kilograms of filming equipment was transported from Germany to Islamabad before it was taken to Nanga Parbat for the early phase of the project.

“We were very lucky with the weather, we were very lucky with the transportation and we were very lucky that we have an extraordinary support staff,” Reinhold said.

A 100-110 minutes long movie is expected to hit cinemas in July next year as the team has chalked out an extensive plan.

From the top studios in Europe to Nanga Parbat, Vilsmaier hopes that if everything goes according to the plan, the project would be completed by June 2009.

“We’ll go back to Munich where we are planning to shoot some parts of the film in the studio, but we will be back in March next year when on location filming will be done,” Vilsmaier said.

The foreign crew had no security fears like the cricket teams from Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa had that forced the International Cricket Council to postpone the next month’s biennial Champions Trophy in Pakistan.

“We are here in quite a different period, but we have no security fears and we feel safe,” Reinhold said.

“We were in the Northern Areas the day Pervez Musharraf resigned, but we did our job quite comfortably,” he added.

Vilsmaier is also looking for a professional female Pakistani actress, who could perform in the film, but so far they have not found one from the Lollywood.
“We are not going to dub the dialogues of those Pakistanis who would perform in the film and they would be in their original Urdu voice so as to keep the originality of the theme,” Reinhold said.

“However, the main character will remain the Nanga Parbat,” he added.

Pakistan’s renowned mountaineer Nazir Sabir was also present on the occasion and he thanked the German team for choosing Nanga Parbat to shoot a film.

“I hope with this project you would spread some very good positive message about our country throughout the world,” Sabir, who conquered Broad Peak and Gashebrum-II with Reinhold in 1982, said.

Reinhold under his Messner Mountain Foundation has also undertaken some social projects in the Northern Areas that include establishing schools and basic health facilities.
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