NANGA PARBAT – LA MONTAGNA INCANTATA
by RENATO CHIOCCA
screening 6th of september
In the tragic summer of 2008, the mountaineer Daniele Nardi guided an expedition in the Himalayas to conquer the ninth highest mountain on Earth, Nanga Parbat.
An anthropological journey to the most remote regions of Pakistan, an exceptional challenge to find oneself through grandiose and ruthless natural environments, rising above the clouds on the summit of the mountain that has marked the history of mountaineering more than any other. Thanks to meeting with local populations, Riccardo Giagni’s unique music (My Mother’s Smile, La fabbrica dei tedeschi, Draquila) and an elaborate interlocking structure, the film is not a simple report on the expedition but a total lunge, an experience between action and contemplation through the glorious natural setting of one of the highest mountains on Earth.
Born in Latina to a Napolitano family, Renato Chiocca graduated in Communication Sciences, participated in the preparatory director’s seminar at the Experimental Center of Cinematography and has been director’s assistant for Mimmo Calopresti and assistant to Daniele Luchetti. He has worked, among others, with Paolo Sorrentino, Alessandro Piva and Gianfranco Pannone. He has directed theater productions in collaboration with writers like Cesare Battisti and Vitaliano Trevisan as well as musical videos for bands and folk singers. His shorts and documentaries, including Il principiante (2004), Mattotti (2006), Differenti (2009), Chance Encounter on the Tiber (2010), Una volta fuori (2012) have been shown and awarded in Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, England, Brazil, Korea, the United States and China.