Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, March 12, 2010 – Sunday, March 14, 2010

 Detroit Film Theatre

  • Fees Apply
  • Film

(Germany/2009—directed by Philipp Stölzl)

Since the earliest days of movies, the inherent thrills and danger – as well as the potential triumph – of the unique human endeavor called mountain climbing has proved irresistible to filmmakers and moviegoers alike. Seizing upon the particularly German fascination with the genre of "mountain films," director Phillipp Stölzl has married classical storytelling structure with breathtaking, state-of-the-art cinema technology to tell this dramatized version of the true story of a 1936 competition conceived by Nazi propagandists to “urge” a team of German Alpinists to scale the most dangerous rock face in the Alps – the Eiger. While touching upon the theme of how every new generation is born hardwired with a belief in its own invincibility, North Face is above all a visually astonishing, edge-of-your-seat spectacle of man versus nature – perhaps the most hair-raising, white-knuckle-inducing climb since Touching the Void. German Film Critics’ Prize, Best Screenplay. In German with English subtitles. (121 min.)

"Critic’s Pick. A transfixing life-and-death adventure tale." – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Friday, March 12 at 7:00 & 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 13 at 7:00 & 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m.