North Face

January 29th 2010
  • Adventure/Drama,
  • Unrated,
  • 127 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Benno Furmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, Georg Friedrich, Simon Schwarz, Ulrich Tukur, Erwin Steinhauer, Branko Samarovski, Petra Morzé, Hanspeter Müller, Peter Zumstein, Martin Schick, Erni Mangold, Johannes Thanheiser, Arnd Schimkat, Klaus Ofczarek, Martin Brambach, Peter Faerber, Traute Höss, Marcus Hauser
  • Director: Philipp Stolzl
  • Writers: Philipp Stolzl, Christoph Silber
  • Producers: Benjamin Herrmann, Gerd Huber, Danny Krausz, Rudolf Santschi, Boris Schönfelder, Kurt Stocker, Isabelle Welter
  • Art Direction: Tommy Vögel
  • Casting: Anja Dihrberg
  • Costume Design: Birgit Hutter
  • D.O.P.: Kolja Brandt
  • Editor: Sven Budelmann
  • Makeup: Kitty Kratschke
  • Music: Christian Kolonovits
  • Production Design: Udo Kramer
  • Set Decoration: Franziska Kummer
  • VFX Supervisors: Stefan Kessner, Max Stolzenberg


Based on a true story, "North Face" is the gripping adventure drama about the competition to climb the Eiger, the most legendary and dangerous rock face in the Alps. In 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges German Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif, two reluctant climbers, Toni Kurz (Benno Fürmann) and Andi Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas), begin their daring ascent and attempt to scale the infamous rock face, often called the Murder Wall.

While preparing themselves at the foot of the North Face, Toni and Andi unexpectedly run into Luise (Johanna Wokalek), the early love of Toni. Now a journalist, she has come with her editor, Arau ("The Lives of Others" and "Seraphine's" Ulrich Tukur), a loyal Nazi, to report about the first ascent. Toni begins the climb of the North Face with Andi, closely followed by two Austrian daredevils, Willy Angerer (Simon Schwarz) and Edi Rainer (Georg Friedrich). Initially, both rope teams make good headway but when the climbers lose their advantage over the mountain, the survival race against time and the forces of nature begins.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Bern, Switzerland; Graz, Austria
  • Production Companies: Dor Film-West Produktionsgesellschaft, GmbH Lunaris Film, MedienKontor Movie GmbH
  • Production Schedule: 17 April 2007 - 4 June 2007

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The U.S. theatrical release print opens with a display listing the distributor Music Box, followed quite unusually by the full animated 20th Century Fox logo segment, evidencing the major distributor's previous acquisition of the film for domestic release, before deciding against it.

2010 Guide Analysis: "Released over a year ago to modestly good reviews, "North Face" scored notices for similarly convincing scenes and tension, most notably a 70-minute stretch that reconstructs the actual climb and its various setbacks. Its human dramatic elements however, especially an invented romantic subplot, weren't as well regarded but are apparently offset by strong pacing and convincing production values."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 23 October 2008: Germany
  • 24 October 2008: Austria
  • 12 December 2008: UK
  • 24 September 2009: New Zealand
  • 5 November 2009: Hong Kong
  • 21 January 2010: Netherlands