In books or on the big screen, they will recount their expeditions from February 10, to Millau.
The return of the adventurers to Millau was expected. Last winter, they had not shared their films, during the 360 ° Adventure Festival in Millau because of the Covid. The team of the sports association of Grands Causses, at the initiative of the event, then fell back on an outdoor edition, this summer, at Cade. “But we can’t do without the winter festival”, recognizes Bernard Balagué, in charge of programming.
So, beautiful images and adventure stories will be in their place at the Millau cinema and at the Maison de la Région, Place de La Capelle. “We will be doing an exhibition of photos of adventures in Occitania, captured by amateurs, details Bernard Balagué. It will also host a deported bookstore, in partnership with Caumes des livres. “
In the dark room, rue de la Pépinière, the program is dense. Thirteen films are scheduled between Thursday February 10 and Sunday February 13. Caving, climbing, kitesurfing, snowboarding, walking, cycling… A compendium of activities which have made the reputation of South Aveyron, with a few exceptions. The skipper Thomas Rettant, recent winner of the Transat Jacques-Vabre, will look back on his 80 days of sailing through the oceans of the whole world during the Vendée Globe 2020. “He was supposed to come, but ultimately won’t be there. We will set up a live video so that he interacts with the public.”
Catherine Destivelle to bring up the rear
Otherwise, all the adventurers whose films will be screened will travel to Millau to present and talk about their projects. As the organizing committee had planned last year, the French mountaineer Catherine Destivelle will be the godmother of the festival. The one who won the gold ax for her entire career in 2020 (the first woman in the world to have it) will present her film, Beyond the peaks, Sunday, closing. “To have a person like her in Millau, it’s a chance, presents Bernard Balagué. Unfortunately, she will not have time to climb in the Jonte gorges, but it is only a postponement. “
As was the case in 2020, prizes will be awarded to directors by the public but also by a jury of experts. It will bring together the Millavoise, Julia Frangeaud and the Saint-Affricaine Laurie Privat. The first works in the audiovisual industry, the second is an adventurer who has crossed Canada and recounted her journey in Diary of a passenger. It will be completed by the trail runner with multiple caps, Stéphane Brogniart, who exhibited the boat with which he rowed across the Atlantic in 2020, and by Thibault Dufour whose film on mountain biking, In the journey had won the Audience Award that same year.
Two moments outside the festival are planned: a meal on Saturday evening and a brunch on Sunday, during which it will be possible to meet the adventurers. Reservations are open on the event site.
At Millau cinemas
Broadcasts will begin on Thursday, February 10, with Gavarnie: a look at the adventure (caving) and My Pyrenees (ski), at 8 p.m. Friday February 11, at 2 p.m .: Greenland: the whispers of the ice (exploration); 5 p.m .: Sancy: the last ascent (snowboard); 8 p.m .: The American hike (market), home Sweet Home (multisport), Under the wind of the glaciers (kitesurfing). Saturday February 12 at 2 p.m .: ARKTIC (ice diving); 5 p.m .: Alaska-Patagonia (bike) ; 8 p.m .: Thomas RUYANT: Conquering the Vendée des Globes (sail) ; Arves in the sky (high line); Trinity (mountaineering). Sunday February 13 at 2 p.m .: Beyond the peaks (climbing).