K2 - TOUCHING THE SKY

POLISH TITLE: K2 - DOTKNĄĆ NIEBA

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The children of acclaimed alpinists - who died on K2, in Karakorum Mountains - undertake an expedition to answer universal question: what is the price of passion. In the summer of 1986, several dozen alpinists from all over the world met to climb K2, second highest mountain on the planet.  Very soon the season transforms into a series of tragic events called “black summer”, leaving 13 climbers dead.

Almost 30 years later, Eliza Kubarska, the director of the film, together with an international group of grown-up children of acclaimed climbers, sets out on an expedition to reach K2 base camp, symbolic burial place for those who lost their lives on the mountain.  Hania Piotrowska, Łukasz Wolf, Lindsey and Chris Tullis will challenge themselves to face the past and to understand the force that once seduced their parents and eventually killed them.  On the other hand, Eliza, being a woman and an experienced alpinist, asks herself questions: Is my passion worth the risk?  Should I have a child?  

The film is an emotional journey set against breathtaking vistas of Karakorum Mountains. It is a multilayered psychological portrait of people who are coping to understand the choices of their parents or their own passion. The documentary features intimate archival footage from the 80's.

GENRE:
documentary
COUNTRY:
Poland
RUNNING TIME:
72'
YEAR:
DIRECTING:
Eliza Kubarska
SCRIPT:
Eliza Kubarska
DOP:
Radosław Ładczuk
EDITOR:
Bartosz Pietras
MUSIC:
Michał Jacaszek
SOUND:
Mariusz Bielecki
PRODUCTION:
Wajda Studio, Braidmade Films

Eliza Kubarska »

Eliza Kubarska specialises in adventure filmmaking. She is an artist and director graduate of Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, and Wajda School of Film Directing.  Polish exploring alpinist and traveller.  Author of award winning feature documentaries such as:  “What Happened on Pam Island” (aka “Mountain Love Story”) set in Greenland, and “Walking Under Water”, about the sea nomads in Borneo,   winner of Hot Docs Special Jury Prize.  Her recent film is “K2-Touching the sky”.