Benno Furmann (Toni Kurz) and Andi Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas) play two expert alpinist at the advent of the second world war. They exhibit unbelievable drive and determination to overcome brutal weather, frostbite, avalanches, rock slides and more in an effort to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif‒the Eiger.
By the end, Furmann is dangling from the end of a rope that is a few feet too short and just out of reach of the rescue team. The idea that you can literally be so close in physical proximity to the person that you care deeply about and yet, have no way to save them or even make any physical contact with them, was devastating.
Kolja Brandt’s cinematography is stunning and there is no indication that this was filmed in a studio. I still have no idea how they managed to create the weather conditions portrayed in the film.