The first biopic documentary about Angelika's path to self-discovery, as the first woman of her family to be fully in charge of her freedom and destiny.
Angelika Rainer, born in Merano in 1986, is a three-times world champion in ice climbing and receives recognition around the world for her sporting skills. The Merano climber was the first woman in her family able to decide for herself what she wanted to do with her life. After the world championship titles and ten years of international competitions, the time has come for Angelika to steer her career in a new direction. She is looking for new challenges in order to question herself and overcome her biggest fears. With her partner and trainer Marco, Angelika sets out for the world's most difficult ice and rock faces between the Italian Dolomites, the greek island of Kalymnos, the Ironman route of Eptingen (Switzerland) and the ice caves and falls of Iceland; meeting other women, from within and without the world of sport, which will inspire her to progress both as an athlete and as a person.
Documentary | 2020 | Italy | 52'-72' | colour | Italian, German, English language | Countries of shooting: Italy, Greece, Iceland, Switzerland | Status: completed
World premiere at 69th Trento Film Festival
Angelika Rainer, born and raised in Merano, is a three-times world champion and twice world championship runner-up in ice climbing. Already as a child, she is out and about hiking in the South Tyrolean mountains with her mother. At the age of twelve, thanks to the opening of the Merano climbing gym, she is given the chance to try climbing and is exhilarated right away. From now on she applies herself to the sport with all her heart. With the first victory in an ice climbing world cup competition in Saas Fee, in 2008, she fulfils a childhood dream. At the same time, this is the breakthrough in her international climbing career. In 2012, she is able to win the overall world cup competition for the first time and repeats this success in 2015. In the wintertime, however, Angelika is engaged not only in competitions, but also over recent years has completed numerous repeats of the most difficult ice, mixed and dry-tooling routes around the world. In November 2017, with the climbing of A line above the sky, she becomes the first woman in the world conquering a dry-tooling route rated D15. On rock, Angelika climbs routes up to difficulty level 8c. With the first female redpoint climb of the multi-pitch route via Italia 61 on Piz Ciavaces in the Sella region she also makes a worthy debut in alpine climbing. Her great passion is travelling, which she combines with climbing routes in the most various climbing areas all over the world. Apart from climbing, Angelika remains in close touch with nature also in her professional training. In the autumn of 2008, she completes her bachelor studies in agricultural economics in Bolzano and subsequently works for several years at the agricultural research centre Laimburg, until finally deciding to exclusively devote herself to climbing.
Born in Bolzano in 1975, she obtained her degree in American Literature at Ca’Foscari University in 2001. In 2002 she won the Leonardo fellowship and started to work at documentary film department in Canal + Spain. In 2012 she directed her first documentary film Endometriosis, la punta del iceberg, broadcasted by the national Spanish television TVE. Together with her partner Angel Esteban she directed in 2013 One minute for conductors World Premiere at IDFA, best film at Dock of the Bay (Spain) e Cebu Film Festival (Philippines), distributed in South Korea by JIN JIN Pictures and internationally by SND films. In 2015 she wrote and directed together with Angel Esteban the film TOM about the British alpinist Tom Ballard, winner of more than ten international awards, distributed by Gazzetta dello Sport; in 2018 the short film Work & Happiness commissioned by Pergine Festival and produced by Altrove Films and Malditos, with the support of Trentino Film Commission, produced by Altrove Films and KOTTOMfilms. In 2019 she has presented at Trento Film Festival her short filmAuspicio produced by KOTTOMfilms and distributed by Altrove films and she has written the doc-serie Slow Revolution produced by Ready to reload (Spain).
Director: Elena Goatelli
Co-Director and Editor: Angel Esteban
Line Producer: Roberto Cavallini
Producer: Wilfried Gufler, Thomas Menghin, Roberto Cavallini
DOP: Harald Erschbaumer
Sound recordist: Patrick Bruttomesso
Music/Sound designer: Simonluca Laitenpergher
Cast: Rainer Angelika, Marco Servalli
Klaus dell’Orto, Alexey Dengin, Michael Maili, Monika Mehlmauer, Marco Servalli, Nikki Smith, Jensen Walker, Jonathan White