North Face Comes To DVD
MUSIC BOX FILMS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
ONE OF THE MOST DARING AND RIVETING MOUNTAIN CLIMBS OF THE SWISS ALPS COMES TO DVD
German Film Academy Award Winner
DVD Debuts May 11, 2010
The suspense is relentless, the excitement almost unbearable at times.”
- The Washington Post
“Stunning! Takes you along on one of the great adventures of the 20th century.”
- Jeffrey Lyons, KNBC/Lyons Den Radio
-The San Francisco Chronicle
“Riveting and Exhilarating”
-The Los Angles Times
Chicago, IL (April 20, 2010) -The North Face side of the Swiss Alps’ Eiger Mountain, also referred to as the “murder wall”, was once one of the most deadliest walls to scale, and in 1936, a small group of German mountain climbers decided to face the incredible challenge head-on without ever looking back. Bringing their story to life in the award-winning film, North Face, Director Phillip Stölzl has captivated audiences across the world with an epic tale that is “one of the best mountain climbing movies ever made” (Seattle Times) and “the most exhilarating thriller of the season” (East Bay Express). Winner of the German Film Critics Award for “Best Screenplay”, “Best Cinematography” and “Best Sound Design” in 2009, the film makes its nationwide debut with the DVD premiere presented by Music Box Films on May 11, 2010 for the suggested retail price of $29.95.
Hailed as a Critic’s Pick by the NY Times, Stephen Holden declared the film a “transfixing life-and-death adventure tale.” Shot on location, the story of the 1936 expedition gives viewers an up close look at the amazing true story of German mountaineers racing to the top of the deadly mountain. Filled with excitement and suspense, “This is a film done right by just about every measure.” (The Los Angeles Times) and “includes some of the most adroit and effective climbing sequences ever staged” (San Francisco Chronicle). The film features an all-star cast including: Benno Fuermann (Jerichow) and Johanna Wokalek (The Baader Meinholf Complex), and Ulrich Tukur (The White Ribbon, The Lives of Others)
The Seattle Times gave North Face “4 STARS!” exclaiming it was, “Perfectly cast, well-written and almost excruciatingly realistic at times” while the NY Daily News described it as “A genuinely gripping drama.”
North Face — Synopsis:
Based on a true story, North Face is a gripping adventure drama about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. In 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif, the Eiger, bringing two reluctant climbers, Toni Kurz (BENNO FÜRMANN) and Andi Hinterstoisser (FLORIAN LUKAS), to begin their daring ascent and attempt to scale the infamous rock face, often called the Murder Wall.
While preparing themselves at the foot of the North Face, Toni and Andi unexpectedly run into Luise (JOHANNA WOKALEK), the early love of Toni. Now a journalist, she has come with her boss Arau (ULRICH TUKUR), a loyal Nazi, to report about the first ascent. Toni begins the ascent of the North Face with Andi, closely followed by two Austrians Willy Angerer (SIMON SCHWARZ) and Edi Rainer (GEORG FRIEDRICH). All goes well at first as both rope teams make good headway but then the climbers lose their advantage over the mountain and the race against time and the forces of nature begins.
More information can be found online at www.northfacethemovie.com
About Music Box Films:
Founded in 2007, Music Box Films serves the viewing interests of sophisticated US movie audiences in select cinemas nationwide, on DVD and Blu-Ray, on cable TV and on emerging VOD delivery formats. With a focus on foreign-language cinema, Music Box’s release of Guillaume Canet’s “TELL NO ONE” was the most popular foreign-language theatrical release of 2008 and the most popular foreign-language DVD of 2009. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.
Music Box Films Home Entertainment
STREET DATE: May 11, 2010
Cast: Benno Fuermann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, Ulrich Tukur
Director: Phillip Stölzl
Running Time: 121 minutes
Sound Format: Dolby digital
Rating: Not Rated
Language: German with English subtitles