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Sunday Movie: 1:00pm March 11 at the BCP Theater - "Mountain" (Documentary - 2017)


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"The Clubhouse" in the BCP Hex Room offers food and drink - including popcorn - for sale.  These items can be taken into the theater, but please clean up after yourselves so we don't have to hire a janitor.     
There is no admission charge, but we do ask for donations to support BCP and the Film Club program. 
  • March 11 - Mountain (Australia - 2017)
  • March 18 - Mudbound (USA - 2017)
  • March 25 - Coco (USA - 2017)
Sunday, March 11 @ 1:00pm - Mountain (Documentary - 2017)    1 hour, 14 minutes

Ratings:  7.3 - IMDB,  96% - Rotten Tomatoes  

If you've ever wondered what it's like to climb the highest mountains, scale shear rock walls, ski or snowboard the steepest mountain snowfields, or simply gaze at the spectacular vistas from the world's loftiest peaks, this wonderful documentary will allow you to do so from the comfort of a movie theater or living room. 

Excerpts from headstuff.org review: 
Documentary film series like Planet Earth and Blue Planet do many things, from informing us about nature’s delicate balance to offering therapeutic and often transcendent entertainment.  They are considered the best of nature and wildlife documentaries - and rightly so. However, Mountain is not a wildlife or nature documentary, but rather a meditation on geography and the relationship humans share with our planet’s most hostile environments. 

Mountain is visually stunning.  Every granite handhold, icy ridge and basalt bluff is lovingly captured by a mixture of drones, GoPros and steadicam, and Jennifer Peedom’s direction slots everything into its place.  The true scale of this cinematically gorgeous piece is illuminated by Robert McFarlane’s script, which is narrated by Willem Dafoe.  Dafoe’s naturally gravelly voice matches the rough surfaces of the peaks he narrates. The veteran actor brings real weight to McFarlane’s equally excellent script. The film recounts folkloric tales of mountains as the homes of gods and monsters, and ties this to man’s desire to conquer them. From there we move from hill-walking to the quasi-colonial conquest of Everest to the extreme sports that have become synonymous with man’s arrogance in the face of nature. It is in these sections where snowboarders create avalanches to race, wing suit pilots fly through rocky crevasses and skiers defy the very laws of gravity that the film moves from documentary to thriller and back again. All the time the score, performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, whispers and shrieks in tandem with Ozturk’s footage. 

Towards the end lava flows pour into the roaring ocean and steam billows upwards. We are reminded of how we came to be here on this planet and how we will likely vanish from the face of the Earth one day. As clouds shroud Everest’s peak Dafoe narrates “They [the mountains] watched us arrive and they will watch us leave.”

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David van Harn

Curator, Boquete Film Club

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