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First on the Rope

First on the Rope

A Feature film by Édouard Niermans, Pierre-Antoine Hiroz

Produced by Gaumont Télévision

Release in France : 21/07/1999


    At the end of the 30s, Chamonix is an elegant ski-resort attracting cosmopolitan and fashionable society with the latest in alpine adventure. Here fashionable folk rub shoulders with Chamonix inhabitants, two worlds usually destined to never meet. But high up in Mont-Blanc's deep silence, nothing counts except for the gorgeous landscape and the exhilirating challenge of adventure. It's here that Zian Servettaz, a young guide from Chamonix, imparts his crazy passion for mountains to Bianca, the daughter of a wealthy Milanese industrialist. Their fate is sealed. A powerful love story begins. For those who hear the call of the wild, it's hand-to-hand with rock, the joys of the peaks. And yet‡”

    Actors (10)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Gaumont Télévision

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    I'd already done a bit of mountaineering, but Chamonix has some interesting

    peculiarities: it's very steep and you're immediately find yourself in

    snow. If you come from Paris, you suffocate, not only because of the

    altitude, but because the air is so pure... I naively thought that mountain

    sickness was something funny, I felt great. 9000 feet up, it was like being

    hit on the back of the head. I was ill. It was then that I realized just

    how physiologically testing mountains can be.

    Edouard Niermans - Co-director, excerpt from the press folder

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Christian Charret

    Sound Recordist :

    Edgar Biondina

    Screenwriters :

    Jacques Ertaud, Louis Charles Sirjacq, Marc Syrigas

    Production managers :

    Dominique Rappaz, Muriel Paradis

    Production Designer :

    Renato Jauch

    Adaptation :

    Louis Charles Sirjacq

    Line Producer :

    Jean-Marc Henchoz

    Director of Photography :

    Jacky Mahrer

    Editor :

    Yann Dedet

    Music Composer :

    Gabriel Yared

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

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    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, Switzerland, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Italy, Switzerland, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Production formats :

    Super 16

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