A film on historic scaling of Nanga Parbat
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Rizwan Ehsan Ali, The International
News, Pakistan + Pictured from ARRI News
Friday, August 29, 2008
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
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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
“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
“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
“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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