Three years in the making Christian Holler’s spectacular new 60-minute film, The Path of the Condor, follows a paraglider pilot and an ornithologist as they set out to share what they each know about the condor and its habitat.
Now you may say, "Oh no, not another ‘flying with birds’ movie” but hold on. This one is set to be a true classic and will hold its own against anything you see on the National Geographic channel – and it’s got flying in it. The reason? It’s informative, genuinely interesting, and has spectacular footage – it’s the film David Attenborough would have made if he’d discovered paragliding.
Set in Patagonia the stars of the films are the birds and the wild landscape. Local paragliding instructor Martin Vallmitjana sets off to see if he can follow the birds as they fly complex patterns of wave around the valleys, while ornithologist Lorenzo Sympson heads for the high mountains and condor ‘flight school’ – where the young learn to fly in flocks of up to 50 birds.
The result is spectacular – footage of the birds in flight is incredible and we learn an awful lot about how they fly, breed, and live. Along the way we get some good flying scenes, soaring above the wilderness of northern Patagonia. It’s noticeable however, that the pilot stays on the ground in the really wild places – some places are best left for the kings of the air.
Packaged beautifully some of the proceeds go towards preserving the condor in Argentina, and the whole film is a hymn to conservation of this beautiful bird.
With production values this high it’s sure to win awards. Producer Christian Holler, Gin, who helped support the project, and everyone involved deserves high praise indeed for bringing us such a great film.
Time: 60 minutes
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