‘Mountain’ gathers the best parts of outdoor cinema in one feature film, premiering in the U.S. this May.
“To those who are enthralled by mountains, their wonder is beyond all dispute.” Willem Dafoe’s preamble in the upcoming feature film sets up an epic exhibition of visuals and sound.
Premiering in the U.S. this month, “Mountain” documents stunning alpine landscapes and the adventure sports that inhabit them. In it, the filmmakers attempt to show the “spellbinding force of high places – and their ongoing power to shape our lives and dreams.”
The spectacular visuals sync perfectly with a classical score by the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Between the beautiful audio and visual, “Mountain” offers an immersive cinematic experience.
Watch the trailer below and see for yourself:
Meanwhile Dafoe’s narration follows Robert Macfarlane’s book “Mountains of the Mind.”
But perhaps the film’s score plays a central role as well. The Australian Chamber Orchestra both wrote new pieces and performed works by Chopin, Grieg, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Richard Tognetti.
“‘Mountain’ is going to transform the way we see a lot of the footage,” said cinematographer Renan Ozturk. “In my world, these images are usually put to electronic or popular or indie music. It’s been great to re-experience a lot of the iconic shots that have been out there in my community in this way with an orchestra.”
The film does not use central characters, using narration to drive the film instead. But because it uses Camp4 Collective and Sherpas Cinemas footage, there a lot of known athletes in the film.
Throughout its 74 minutes, Conrad Anker, Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnald, Jimmy Chin, Travis Rice, Hilaree O’Neill, Candide Thovex, Danny MacAskill, and many more make appearances.
Where It’s Playing: ‘Mountain’ Film
The film released in Australia this fall, accompanied by a live orchestra during the first showings.
In the U.S., “Mountain” debuts on May 11 in New York City, with its second showing on May 25 in Los Angeles.
The film is also playing in Boulder; Denver; Portland; Boston; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Seattle; and many other U.S. cities. For a full list of screening locations, check out the film’s website.