Screenwriter Christoph Silber will appear at The Belcourt before tonight's 7 p.m. show to talk about the nail-biting German mountain-climbing thriller North Face, which he co-wrote. Here's an excerpt from Steve Erickson's review in this week's Scene:
The tale North Face relates ... is a story of machismo pummeled and thwarted. As [director Phillipp Stölzl] subjects his actors to what looks like his very own white hell -- the movie seamlessly integrates footage shot on the mountain with an elaborate set built inside a refrigerated warehouse -- the director's own spectatorship is implicitly paralleled with the observers watching the climb from the safety of an Alpine hotel, eating a cake baked in the shape of a mountain.
I have no idea how much danger Stölzl subjected himself to while making North Face, but it's hard to watch it with the detachment he depicts in the '30s German media. One wonders how he was able to get some of his camera angles without putting his cinematographer at risk.