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Superhombre – FILM POZAKONKURSOWY (Horia Colibășanu)

Lucian Mircu & Mircea Gherase
Horia Colibășanu z Rumunii jest dentystą, ojcem dwójki dzieci i świetnym wspinaczem. Podczas wyprawy na Annapurnę w 2008 roku Horia odmówił zostawienia na wysokości 7400 metrów Baskijskiego himalaisty Iñaki Ochoa de Olza, ryzykując przy tym własnym życiem. Ten czyn wywarł duże wrażenie na wspinaczkowym środowisku. Mimo tragicznych wydarzeń Horia kontynuował wejście na szczyt w stylu alpejskim, bez dodatkowego tlenu. W 2017 roku, już jako 40-latek, Horia po raz kolejny zaatakował Everest, po 2 nieudanych podejściach. Była to pierwsza jego próba wejścia solo.

CZAS: 70 min

A climber must constantly have three gripping points. Horia Colibășanu is a dentist, a father of two boys and an elite climber in the Himalayas. How does he finds his balance? He must be a...SUPERHOMBRE.
In 2008, Colibășanu refused to abandon, at 7400 meters on Annapurna, his ill fellow, the Basque climber Iñaki Ochoa, putting his own life at risk. His deed dazzled climbers' community in Spain and all around the world. In spite of this tragic incident, he continued to climb in pure alpine style, without supplemental oxygen, the way Iñaki climbed.
In the spring of 2017, the 40 years old athlete from Romania would set again for Everest, after two failed attempts. For the first time, Horia tries a solo ascent.
The struggle is not so much with the structure of the mountain, but with his own vulnerabilities. Still, he has an invisible special power "like the Man from Atlantis", he says. His body adapts very fast to the thin air of the Himalayas.
For three years the team followed the protagonist far in his expeditions, but also especially in the bosom of his family, where he has very trivial matters to attend.
His work-outs in Timișoara, the pressure coming from the sponsors, the important decisions which need to be made every single day, are often more challenging than the tough conditions into the thin air. There are mountains to be climbed at home.
"Superhombre" is a story about the search for freedom, in a world where time grows shorter and shorter. For Horia and his team mates, Himalaya is one of the last places on earth where you can still live the unexpected, the genuine adventure.
This close-up into Horia's living space includes very intimate footage and professional shootings at extreme altitudes, some chosen from his impressive personal archive, gathered in 15 years as a professional climber.

“Horia Colibăşanu is not only a top climber, but also a husband and a father, he is a dentist and a mediator in the relation with various sponsors, in order to receive support for his mountain expeditions. In terms of Horia’s personal approach, the film succeeds to preserve the important image of balance between these positions and roles: it is inquiring without being indecent, it is moderate when underlining the relation danger-success, it is prudent with hero-making (Colibăşanu’s relation with Inaki Ochoa de Olza) so as to make it appear (through Colibășanu’s filters) as human normality (without being a life lesson, being given the altitudes of the friendship). A film that you watch with pleasure, with a known happy end, the only thing left for you being to discover how happy the end is”.

(Lucian Maier, "Liternet.ro")

"The film quickly becomes attaching, as its very efficient strategy is to show Colibășanu mainly in the bosom of his family, far from glory and mountains, where he has to deal with the most trivial problems."

(Victor Morozov, "Dilema Veche")

"Superhombre" was filmed and produced by a small and dynamic independent team, that benefited from the experience and creativity of established post-production studios.

Cinematography, direction: Mircea Gherase
Mircea has everything needed to follow Horia at full speed, even on the highest mountains. First of all, he is a climber as well, with an experience of more than 20 years. Since 2006, he is an independent photographer, lector at Diafragma 9. During 2013-2015, he used to be the organizer and trainer for a photography workshop in India. Along time, his works have been published in Nature (USA), New Scientist (England), National Geographic (Portugal), Mediafax, Decât o Revistă, Esquire, Financial Times (England). He exposed in more than 10 photography exhibitions and he initiated the 24 h project. Currently, he is video editor for PressOne Romania.

Script, direction: Lucian Mircu
Freelance scriptwriter and copywriter, born and based in Timișoara (Romania). Age: 39. Since 2006 has worked for KissFM (no. 1 radio station in Romania), television and many Romanian or international brands. Founder of Marele Ecran (an NGO and co-organizer of the Ceau, Cinema! Film Festival at its seventh edition. He equally loves loves mountains and cinema.