As of yet the rising tide of our civilisation has not flooded the last Alpine summits. As an island of high alpine wilderness the Hohe Tauern are home to the largest National Park in the Alps, to wonders of nature, which have not even been heard of by many. With their intact environments they are a Noah’s Arch for the alpine animal and plant worlds and simultaneously a mountain world of the superlative, with Austria’s highest summits, the widest glacial areas in the Eastern Alps and waterfalls which are among the highest in the world.
Despite intensive research the nature on these mountains retains an inexhaustible supply of secrets and knowledge. The film uncovers the dramatic battle for survival of the highly specialized species in the white wilderness of the Alps.
German & English
Written and Directed by Michael Schlamberger, Norbert Winding ● Photographed by Michael Schlamberger, Helmut Schubert, Wolfgang Frey, Tomi Szommer ● Camera Assistant Markus Ladurner ● Editor Tom Poore ● Online Edit Sharon Stiles ● Narrated by Anthony Valentine ● Written by Klaus Feichtenberger ● Music David Poore ● Mixer Chris Domaille ● Dubbing Editor Julie Mitchell ● Scientific Consultant Norbert Winding ● Coordinator Barbara Schifko ● Production Manager Rita Schlamberger ● Executive Producer Walter Köhler
In cooperation with Haus der Natur Salzburg, sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Youth and Families, as well as State governments of Carinthia, Salzburg and Tyrol, initiated by Assosiation of Friends of Hohe Tauern National Park.
Thanks to Grossglockner Hochalpenstrassen AG, Tauernkraft, Alpenzoo Innsbruck, Sonnblick Verein, Tiergarten Hellbrunn, Nina Roth-Callies, Karl Hofbauer-Höfer, Ambros Aichhorn.
A Co-Production of Science Vision and ORF.
International Wildlife Film Festival Missoula
USA, April 1997, Merit Award for Photography