North Face (2008)

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  • IMDb page: North Face (2008)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 5,052 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama | History | Romance | Sport
  • Release Date: 23 October 2008 (Germany)
  • Runtime: 126 min
  • Filming Location: Austria
  • Gross: $710,993(USA)(13 June 2010)
  • Director: Philipp Stölzl
  • Stars: Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas and Johanna Wokalek
  • Original Music By: Christian Kolonovits   
  • Soundtrack: Immer ran
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Alps | Alpinist | Nazi | Anti Nazi | Switzerland

Writing Credits By:

  • Christoph Silber (writer) and
  • Philipp Stölzl (writer) and
  • Rupert Henning (writer) and
  • Johannes Naber (writer)
  • Benedikt Roeskau (story)

Known Trivia

  • As Luise Fellner and her boss, Herr Arau, arrive at the Eiger, the local guides are standing in front of the hotel advertising their services to the tourists. One of the guides notices a pair of climbers in the crowd. “Look who’s coming,” he says, “Bartolo Sandri and Mario Menti.” A fellow guide mutters: “Another couple of fools. Come in a train and leave in a coffin.” These two Italian climbers fell to their deaths from the north face June 21, 1938.

Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At the beginning of the film, when Luisa watches the news in the cinema theater, the voice-over gets the first-names of the alpinists who died on the Eiger wrong. It says Max Mehringer and Karl Sedlmayr, but it's the opposite: KARL Mehringer and MAX Sedlmayr. This may have been intended to show the unreliability of the report.

Plot: Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps… See more » |  »

Story: Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif – the Eiger – two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent.Written by Irishlass240 (  

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Produced By:

  • Theo Baltz known as co-producer
  • Stephan O. Hansch known as co-producer
  • Benjamin Herrmann known as producer
  • Gerd Huber known as co-producer
  • Danny Krausz known as producer
  • Rudolf Santschi known as producer
  • Boris Schönfelder known as producer
  • Kurt Stocker known as co-producer
  • Isabelle Welter known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Benno Fürmann known as Toni Kurz
  • Johanna Wokalek known as Luise Fellner
  • Florian Lukas known as Andi Hinterstoisser
  • Simon Schwarz known as Willy Angerer
  • Georg Friedrich known as Edi Rainer
  • Ulrich Tukur known as Henry Arau
  • Erwin Steinhauer known as Emil Landauer
  • Branko Samarovski known as Albert von Allmen
  • Petra Morzé known as Elisabeth Landauer
  • Hanspeter Müller known as Hans Schlunegger (as Hanspeter Müller-Drossart)
  • Peter Zumstein known as Adolf Rubi
  • Martin Schick known as Christian Rubi
  • Erni Mangold known as Grossmutter Kurz
  • Johannes Thanheiser known as Grossvater Kurz
  • Arnd Schimkat known as Hotelbesitzer
  • Klaus Ofczarek known as Redaktionsleiter
  • Martin Brambach known as Redakteur Henze
  • Peter Faerber known as Spiess
  • Tobias Ofenbauer known as Reporter
  • Hartmut Scheyhing known as Reporter
  • Maximilian Pfnür known as Wache
  • Gerhard Greiner known as SS Mann Erlberger
  • Hassan Athman known as Jazzmusiker
  • Nero Pietra known as Italienische Seilshaft
  • Stefan Steurer known as Italienische Seilshaft
  • Mark Geisseler known as Französische Selilshaft
  • Matthias Roduner known as Französische Selilshaft
  • Mark Schardan known as Adolf Rubi (voice)
  • Marcus Hauser known as (uncredited)
  • Traute Hoess known as Anna Fellner (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Georg Korpas known as makeup effects lab technician: dummies
  • Kitty Kratschke known as makeup artist
  • Connie Sacchi known as makeup artist
  • Daniela Skala known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Christoph Blum known as property master
  • Peter Ecker known as property master
  • Jiri Juda known as set dresser
  • Franziska Kummer known as property master
  • Jan Saße known as storyboard artist
  • Herwig Schretter known as props


Production Companies:

  • Dor Film-West Produktionsgesellschaft
  • Lunaris Film
  • MedienKontor Movie GmbH

Other Companies:

  • ARRI Sound  sound re-recording
  • Milan Records  soundtrack
  • PPA Film Pierre Peters-Arnolds  ADR (as PPA Film)
  • Ruhr Sound Studios  post-production sound services
  • Tonstudio Hanse Warns  foley stage
  • Zettier Sound Design  sound design & editorial


  • Moonlight Films (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Moonlight Films (2009) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
  • Moonlight Films (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Music Box Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • T-Joy (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Atlantic Film (2009) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Atlantic Film (2009) (Finland) (all media)
  • Atlantic Film (2009) (Norway) (all media)
  • Atlantic Film (2009) (Sweden) (all media)
  • Best Hollywood (2008) (Hungary) (all media)
  • Bona Entertainment (2009) (China) (all media)
  • Bontonfilm (2008) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Bontonfilm (2008) (Slovakia) (all media)
  • EDKO Film (2009) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • EDKO Film (2010) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Joint Entertainment International (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Lady Film (2008) (Italy) (all media)
  • Majestic-Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (all media)
  • Mars Production (2008) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Metrodome Distribution (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • Metrodome Distribution (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Mongrel Media (2010) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Monolith (2008) (Poland) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Trugfilm Visuelle Effekte (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Cania known as digital matte painter
  • Anne Fuhrmann known as digital compositor
  • Stefan Kessner known as visual effects supervisor
  • Jan Meckes known as digital compositor
  • Jenny Meissner known as digital compositor
  • Max Stolzenberg known as visual effects supervisor
  • Min Tesch known as digital compositor
  • Manuel Voss known as digital compositor
  • Elmar Weinhold known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • Switzerland 9 August 2008 (Locarno Film Festival) (premiere)
  • Switzerland 9 October 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Germany 23 October 2008
  • Austria 24 October 2008
  • Japan 31 October 2008 (Deutsche Filmfestival in Tokyo)
  • Ireland 12 December 2008
  • UK 12 December 2008
  • Germany 9 February 2009 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • Switzerland 11 March 2009 (French speaking region)
  • USA 11 June 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Argentina 12 September 2009 (German Film Festival)
  • New Zealand 24 September 2009
  • Hong Kong 5 November 2009
  • Sweden 16 December 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA January 2010 (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
  • Turkey 8 January 2010
  • USA 29 January 2010 (Los Angeles, California)
  • USA 29 January 2010 (New York City, New York)
  • Japan 20 March 2010
  • Canada 18 May 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • South Korea 3 June 2010
  • Netherlands 24 June 2010
  • Japan 13 November 2010 (Toyohashi Slowtown Cinema Festival)
  • Italy 18 November 2010 (DVD premiere)


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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