Race for the Nordwand
Move over CGI-heavy, testosterone action flicks. Enter the North Face (musicboxfilms.com, debuting February in theaters nationwide; DVD to follow). Set in 1936, this riveting recreation depicts the two Germans Toni Kurz and Andreas Hinterstoisser who confronted “the last problem of the Alps”: the Eiger’s North Face. Chased up the wall and then joined by an Austrian team, the men battle avalanches and frostbite (plus, the Nazi-era propaganda machine embroiling them) as nature swoops down, famously ending all their lives after they pass the point of no return the Hinterstoisser Traverse. Director Philipp Stoelzl grippingly and accurately captures the mayhem, daring, and fight for survival.