Senator scales ‘Nanga Parbat’

Film covers life of climber Reinhold Messner

BERLIN — Senator Film Verleih has picked up rights to Joseph Vilsmaier’s “Nanga Parbat,” based on the experiences of mountain climber Reinhold Messner.

Messner, who was born in the German-speaking region of South Tyrol in Italy, reached the summit of the Himalayan peak Nanga Parbat in 1970 with his brother Guenther, who died two days later on the descent.

Vilsmaier’s pic explores the tragic expedition, described in Messner’s 2002 book “The Naked Mountain.” Messner also contributed to the pic’s screenplay and is a consultant on the project, which will shoot on Nanga Parbat in Pakistan in August.

Vilsmaier’s Munich-based Perathon Film is producing with financing from Munich’s EMF Ephesus Filmbeteiligung.

“Nanga Parbat” is the seventh Vilsmaier film to be released by Senator.

Vilsmaier recently directed the upcoming “Die Geschichte vom Brandner Kaspar,” an adaptation of a 19th century Bavarian folk tale for Concorde Filmverleih.

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