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Alpen Film Festival: test run before the big tour


The Alpen Film Festival by Sandra Freudenberg from Warngau and Tom Dauer from Valley is starting its third edition. On Sunday there's a foretaste in Irschenberg.

The Alpen Film Festival by Sandra Freudenberg from Warngau and Tom Dauer from Valley is starting its third edition.

On Sunday there's a foretaste in Irschenberg.


– Under difficult circumstances caused by the pandemic, Tom Dauer and Sandra Freudenberg launched the Alpen Film Festival in 2021, which soon became the most successful cinema film tour in Europe.

It is now entering its third year with the accolade of having been promoted to the program of its final evening by the renowned Munich DOK.fest.

"The official start is on May 13th at the DOK.fest in Munich," explains festival director Sandra Freudenberg from Warngau, who is behind the film tour together with filmmaker, writer and curator Tom Dauer from Valley.

The new program will be shown in advance on Sunday, March 26th in Irschenberg.

The dress rehearsal before the big tour after the premiere in the Rio Filmpalast.

120 stations between Bolzano and Kiel will be the starting point of the Alpine Film Festival this year.

"Open-air stages, art-house cinemas, on the mountain, in the forest, in barns," explains Freudenberg, with the majority taking place in cinemas.

A conscious decision was made to strengthen the status of the usually operator-managed cinemas, with which the income is shared.

The audience has long since not only consisted of mountaineering fans.

"Word has gotten around that we focus on good films, and the mountain is always only the second level," explains Freudenberg.

The originality of the content and the quality of the craftsmanship should be the focus and also address what the mountain film generally leaves out.

"We also have gays on the mountain and films that really deal with women's issues," says Freudenberg, citing Stefan Langthaler's satire "Neuzeit", in which Simon Schwarz and Nils Hohenhövel, known from the Eberhofer films, play the role of father and son going to the mountains to get closer while hiking, as well as Line van den Berg's cinematic self-portrait "My Phantom".


Sandra Freudenberg, festival director

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Uncompromising programming

In the run-up to the event, Freudenberg and Dauer viewed a good 200 submissions – even a horror film from Holzkirchen was among the applicants.

From the twelve entries in the final selection, the favorites were viewed together with colleagues from the DOK.fest.

In the end, a half-hour main film and five shorter ones between eight and 15 minutes in length ended up in the program.

“It will be a wild rollercoaster ride for the spectators,” announces Freudenberg.

"We don't give favors." The uncompromising attitude goes so far that Dauer is not showing his own film this year because none of his current works would go well with the others.

Apart from Jan Haft's not quite finished eight-minute "Winterwild" about the surprising strategies of animals, plants and fungi to defy snow, ice and cold, the complete program will be shown at the Dinzler.

The audience can look forward to “Eiger – a history of modern alpinism” by Valentin Rapp from Brannenburg, who accompanies school friends Martin Schidlowski and Philipp Reiter with the camera, who set off from Bad Reichenhall on the trail of the pioneers Toni Kurz with bicycles and climbing equipment and Anderl Hinterstoisser, as well as Nicolas Brixle's "Connecting Flights" and a documentary produced especially for the Alpen Film Festival about the Ladin mountain rescuers of Aiut Alpin Dolomites.

And especially in Irschenberg for the film about the freestyle event of the same name "Hot Lapz" in Sudelfeld.

For the film evening moderated by Tom Dauer at the Dinzler coffee roastery in Irschenberg on Sunday, March 26, at 7.30 p.m., tickets are still available for 15.50 euros (optionally with a three-course menu, 35 euros, 5 p.m.).

Tickets for the film are still available at the box office.

Info and reservations on 0 80 25 / 99 22 51 41 or on the festival website.

Source: merkur

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