Seen from afar, the Alps may look like a picturesque fantasy, but those who live beneath them know how menacing they can be.
AWARDS: Golden Dove. DOK Leipzig Next Masters Competition/ ÖFI Prize for Best Austrian Directing. Filmfestival Kitzbühel/ Best Sound Design Documentary. Diagonale/ Genziana d‘argento, Best artistic-technical contribution. Film Trento Film Festival/ Best Nature & Culture Film. Echo Mountain Film Festival Skopje
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: IFFR – International Film Festival Rotterdam/ Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival/ Diagonale/ DOXA Documentary Film Festival Vancouver
Safety123. Living beneath mountains
Safety123 is a poetic film about a very un-poetic subject. Filmed in striking wide shots, teams of stoic safety experts assess the risks of living beneath mountains prone to sudden collapse.
Swiss engineers drop artificial boulders down steep hills, build barriers to slow water, rocks, and snow, and endlessly prepare for the worst. What could go wrong next? How much of our future can be anticipated, and controlled?
Directors Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler make us acutely aware of the power of the natural world, and the scientists, technicians, and disaster relief agencies behind the invisible structures that protect us from nature’s whims.