The festivities are drawing ever closer and plans for Christmas are beginning to take shape, with some people having already prepared everything for a skiing holiday and others opting for a well-earned rest in the comfort of their own homes.
There is one activity, however, one unmissable ritual that, whatever your plans for the upcoming festivities, brings everyone together, sports lovers included: movie night!
When is better than the festive season for being astonished by stories set in the magical, evocative and charming atmosphere of winter and for delighting in the sight of natural landscapes with snow as far as the eye can see, mountains looming high over the horizon.
Even sports lovers, always active and ready for any experience, can’t say no to a good film about the mountains and the incredible adventures of the people who live there!
For some relaxing and evocative evenings watching the heroes of the mountains, here are three films you shouldn’t miss this Christmas:
- Broad Peak. Released in September 2022 on Netflix, this exciting docufilm tells the story of Macjej Berbeka, a Polish mountaineer who disappeared in 2013 following a mysterious accident that happened while descending the Pakistani mountain of the same name with his companion Tomasz Kowalski. Realising that they had not fully completed the ascent on their first attempt in 1987, the two mountaineers tried again 26 years later. But, having finally reached the summit, they died together in circumstances that have never been fully clarified.
- Against the Ice. Based on real events, this dramatic film tells the story of a 1909 expedition by Ejnar Mikkelsen and Iver Iversen, who lived for three years in Greenland mapping its borders, frequently risking death in the process. Also released on Netflix in 2022, Against the Ice is a film that will keep you in suspense right to the end.
- Into the Wild. After the two new releases presented above we return to an evergreen classic, a cult film directed by Sean Penn and based on the book by Jon Krakauer. Something to watch at least once in a lifetime. It tells wonderful but tragic story of Chris McCandless who, determined to burn his bridges with middle-class life and to seek a more authentic and genuine existence, sets off on a road trip that stops in the wild lands of Alaska. Here he lives as a hermit, in complete symbiosis with nature, until the day of his premature death.