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Mountain is a 2017 Australian documentary film co-written, co-produced, and directed by Jennifer Peedom. After her critically acclaimed film, Sherpa, Peedom again collaborates with American mountaineer and photographer Renan Ozturk. Renan is responsible for most of the images in this documentary.

Between and amongst the film’s brilliant cinematography, narration by Willem Defoe as he reads passages from the Robert Macfarlan book, Mountains of the Mind, the musical score, and the film’s inspirational premise, this seems a must-watch for mountain lovers. We are also curious of how many climbers we will recognize throughout the film.

The Hollywood Reporter calls it, “one of the most visceral essay films ever made, with Peedom and her Sherpa altitude cinematographer Renan Ozturk unfurling a series of glistening images that should be seen only on the biggest of big screens. Gliding shots of snow-capped mountains ringed by clouds and the daredevils who climb them are overlaid with excerpts from Robert Macfarlane’s 2003 memoir-meditation Mountains of the Mind, voiced with suitable cragginess by Willem Dafoe.”

Film review site Rotten Tomatoes, gave Mountain an approval rating of 93%. The Guardian gave the film four out of five stars and called it a “masterful documentary”. The Globe and Mail also gave the film four out of five stars.

Robert Mackenzie was nominated for “Best Achievement in Sound for a Documentary” at the 2017 Australian Screen Sound Guild for his work on Mountain. The film was also nominated for “Best Documentary Feature” at the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival. On the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival, it was nominated for “Best Documentary”.

We will host a ClimbingTechTips screening of this film. Now pass the popcorn. And keep quiet!

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