Mountain Guides - About the film

150 years passed since the initial ideas of organized mountain guiding in the High Tatras began. This ancient tradition has remained unchanged in its essence. Even today, mountain guides are part of the magical Tatras world. They still help others to fulfil their dreams and desires. But there is more to this craft than freedom, romance, and adventure...

cast: Ján Kořínek, Jaroslav Michalko, Pavel Rajtar, Denisa Šulcová, Marek Trávniček
directed by: Pavol Barabáš
music by: Martin Barabáš
sound: Martin Merc
production: K2 studio s.r.o.
co-production: RTVS
year of the production: 2022
length: 68 min.

Two people are climbing a sharp ridge in the High Tatras. The first one climbs confidently over the steep ridge. He knows this environment perfectly. The other guy balances behind him. His legs are shaking, his breath is hard. Can he do it? For several years, he has been dreaming of climbing this peak. Now he's close, but...

On the background of the unusual scenes of the High Tatras, the film Mountain Guides draws you into the demanding work of the Tatra guides. It shows their attractive work, but also the other side of this craft. Their goal doesn´t seem to have changed in 150 years. They lead people to the peaks in the sun, storm, rain, and blizzard, even if their minds are occupied by fatigue...

Mountain guides are tolerated, condemned, or admired by many. Only few are suited to make this profession. Carefully selected aspirants must complete demanding, several-years training. Not everyone succeeds. This profession requires not only extraordinary physical and mental skills, but a specific character as well. So, what kind of work is it?

The realization and distribution of this film was financially supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund.  
This film has been produced in a coproduction with Radio and Television of Slovakia.