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Touching the Void

Director: Kevin Macdonald

U.K.| 2003. Colour. Dolby digital stereo. 106 mins.


Kevin MacDonald’s follow up to the hugely successful One Day in September.
In June of 1985, two young and talented British climbers set out to tame the unconquered west face of Siula Grande, a remote, twenty-one-thousand-foot peak in the Peruvian Andes.Two-and-a-half days later, after tiptoeing up near-vertical ice fields, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates reached the summit. Little did they know their epic was only beginning.What ensued is one of the most gripping tales in mountaineering history, a survival story to rival the great epics.
Simpson’s ‘Touching The Void’ the story of how he survived to tell the tale, has been turned into a finely wrought and highly compelling docu-drama by Kevin MacDonald, a filmmaker best known for his Academy Award-winning One Day in September. MacDonald and his film crew restaged – on location -some of the most extraordinary and realistic mountain climbing footage ever seen.The line between safety
and disaster in the high mountains is thin and Simpson and Yates tested these limits to the full. Soon after they began to descend, Simpson broke his leg and faced the arduous task of climbing down while unable to walk. Beautifully filmed, this retelling of an epic tale of survival takes us places most would never dare visit. 2002 Toronto International Film Festival Programme.

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