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Is it possible to translate fast and fluid skiing onto the most beautiful 6000m peaks on the planet? That is the question freeskiers Jérémie Heitz and Sam Anthamatten have been trying to answer. After almost two years of filming in some of the world’s most unforgiving mountain ranges, Red Bull Films released today the Official Trailer for their newest feature documentary, LA LISTE: EVERYTHING OR NOTHING, made in partnership with award-winning filmmakers Sherpas Cinema and also features interviews with Jimmy Chin, Jeremy Jones and Sylvain Saudan. The film is slated for release in Fall 2020 and follows Swiss freeskiers Heitz and Anthamatten as they travel to the world’s high-altitude mountain ranges and attempt to make their distinct mark on those giant peaks, exploring the absolute limit of human possibility.
A natural evolution of the original “La Liste” film
In 2016, Jérémie Heitz made a list of The Alps’ most iconic descents and skied them faster than they’d ever been skied before. In many ways, the incredible success of the original “La Liste,” which is available to stream for free on Red Bull TV, is what catapulted him into the envied position of fastest freeskier on the planet, whilst also forming a perfect matching adventure duo with Anthamatten. Instead of taking hard lines down easier mountains, like in competitions, both prefer the adventure of taking simpler, faster lines down bigger and harder mountains.
But in the words of The Skier of the Impossible, Sylvain Saudan: “You’ve done it in Switzerland, now you must do it in the world.” This new project has already been filmed in both The Karakoram and The Andes, with plans to return to high altitude peaks within the next 10 months of production. It’s also been to Switzerland and Canada, where the athletes had a chance to train for their larger ski descents, and the team had a chance to plan for their expeditions.
In a figurative sense, these prized 6000m peaks are moving targets; one single attempt means several weeks onsite. The success rates of ski descents from these summits are entirely dependent on highly unpredictable weather patterns in some of the world’s harshest environments. And there are only so many places on the planet that host peaks above 6000m, so the crew is consistently monitoring the ever-changing conditions in The Andes, The Karakoram and, of course, The Himalaya.
An athletic feat as much as a human adventure
The feature doc will be an in-depth character study of two athletes who are trying to push steep skiing to a whole new level, and write a new chapter in the history of one of the world’s oldest sports. Their objectives require weeks-long expeditions into remote locations where even the smallest mistake can have grave consequences. This takes a massive toll, both physically and mentally, on the athletes and the film crew as they try to achieve a goal that at times seems impossible.
The title of the film says it all: either succeed in the completion of these endeavours, or come back with nothing to show for the time spent away from home, and the risks taken while away.