In connection with the exhibition GO EXTREME, Cinemateket presents two films about the deadly discipline, basejumping.
Meet Ellen Brennan – the world's fastest woman in the air – in a live conversation with director Kristoffer Hegnsvad before the base jump films 'Looking for Exits' and 'Sunshine Superman', which focuses on two extreme athletes for whom life is only lived in a free fall! The interview is in English.
Looking for Exits by Danish Kristoffer Hegnsvad is an existence-philosophical and poetic documentary about the wingsuit BASE jumper Ellen Brennan, who is wearing her tight-fitting outfit (resembling a mixture of a flying squirrel and a superhero costume) and jumps from mountain peaks above the cloud level. Brennan is known as a true artist. She is the world's fastest woman in the air and has dedicated her whole life to flying. She has settled in the mountains near Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, where she spends days – and sometimes nights – searching for "exits", as she calls the cliff projections that are appropriate to fly from.
Starring: Ellen Brennan
Denmark, France, 2015
DCP, 60 min.
Sunshine Superman is a brain-twisting and heartbreaking documentary portrait of the father of BASE jumping, Carl Bogenish, whose all-embracing passion for skydiving from an early age gave him an insatiable appetite for increasingly spectacular and life-threatening challenges. Experience his insane – and insanely fascinating – journey through a mixture of his own 16mm recordings and interviews with colleagues and family members in mixed archival material, dramatised sequences and state-of-the-art air recordings. From his source on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California in 1978, to breakneck jumps from skyscrapers to the Guinness world record in double jump on the Norwegian massif Trollveggen together with his wife Jean.
Starring: Carl Bisch, Cecilie Bull, John Long
USA, 2015 DCP, 101 min.
+ 15 years