The magnificent visual spectacle which is Mountains on Stage film festival is gracing the big screens of the United Kingdom once again
The Winter Edition tells stories from the furthest reaches of the earth, where brave humans have dared to navigate the soaring peaks, plummeting temperatures and unexpected challenges thrown at them by mother nature. Ski Club’s Sophie Mead went to see for herself what new adventures have been documented.
As a skier or snowboarder, you are always at the mercy of the mountain and this is the message cleverly portrayed in the first film, Félicité. It asks: “If the mountains could talk, what would they say?” The viewer is transported to the iconic Mont Blanc Massif in France where athletes Pierre Hourticq, Victor De Le Rue and Jeremie Heitz hike to mind-bending heights in search of illusive untracked lines.
The film is not just a celebration of the athletes conquering this mighty massif however, it is a homage to the mountains themselves which are brought to life through a poetic narration, addressing humans as the insignificant beings in comparison. Humans have the arrogance and to think that they can ‘tame’ the mountain, but one slip or one stumble can spell disaster.
Pierre Hortiqc emphasises: “there is no margin for error.” The mountain humours all attempts to conquer it, playfully asking why a tiny creature such as a man could ever fathom that he or she were more dominant. The mountains have stood strong for millennia and seen many a species come and go. Man is simply the next creature making attempts to scale it. Telling the story from the perspective of the mountain resonates powerfully in the current climate of environmental protection. The ascents of the athletes are truly outstanding, but the mountain tells the story and is given the respect it deserves and placed centre stage. This unique narrative technique makes Félicité a truly fitting opener for Mountains on Stage.