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SPORTS . ADVENTURE

Solo Swim

90'
Conquering the Everest of long-distance swimmers: the English Channel

Between Dover and Calais, the English Channel is 33 kilometers long and crossed by 500 ships a day. It is also considered as the Mount Everest of long-distance swimmers. 6.000 have attempted it; only about 600 have made it across. In this fascinating documentary, we follow three Channel swimmers as they undertake one of the greatest physical and mental challenges in the world. We vividly evoke the loneliness of the long-distance swimmer in a stretch of water that is nothing less than mythical.

Between Dover and Calais, the English Channel is 33 kilometers long and crossed by 500 ships a day. It is also considered as the Mount Everest of long-distance swimmers. Six thousand have attempted it; only about 600 have made it across – an exclusive club. In this fascinating documentary, filmmaker Jörg Adolph follows three Channel swimmers as they undertake one of the greatest physical and mental challenges in the world. While the Samoan José Mataafá overestimates his strength and fails lamentably, the Canadian Bryan Finlay, nearly 60, has to break off his venture after 21 hours in the water and within view of the French coast. Undaunted, German two-time European champion Christof Wandratsch aims to break the previous record of 7 hours and 17 minutes. He's been training mercilessly and brings the necessary discipline and willpower – but will he realize his dream? Adolph and his cinematographer Luigi Falorni (director/cameraman of Oscar-nominated The Story of the Weeping Camel) vividly evoke the loneliness of the long-distance swimmer in a stretch of water that is nothing less than mythical.

Awards:
2005 Deutscher Fernsehpreis
2005 Baden-Württembergischer Dokumentarfilmpreis

Festivals:
2005 New Zealand International Filmfestivals
2004 DOK.fest Munich

Original Title: Everest horizontal
Year: 2004
Length: 90'
Resolution: SD
Film by: N.N.
Produced by: Produced by Caligari in coproduction with ZDF in association with Beta

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