Eleven films were in competition for the 23rd edition of the International Film Festival of Adventure & Discovery that took place over four nights in Val d’isere. Thursday, during the evening organized by the writer and traveller, Sylvain Tesson as master of ceremony, the jury, chaired by the journalist and writer Elisabeth Quin has unveiled its winners with five awards.

The golden Eagle of the adventure, the reward is the most important, was awarded to French director Vincent Munier, and Laurent Joffrion to “Bear Simply Wild”. Their third collaboration, shot in the Cantabrian mountains, in the north of Spain, tells of a meeting with the bear of the cliffs, as well as other animals such as the gray wolf and the coal tit. The vision of the four protagonists – two naturalists asturian and two French – who live on the same territory as the bear emphasizes harmony with the natural world.

“Yesterday evening, the film “Bears, simply wild” was distinguished by the golden Eagle Festival Adventure and Discovery of Val d’isere. Thank you to the jury!”, said Friday on his account Facebook, the wildlife photographer French Vincent Munier. “The next screenings will be announced shortly”, he added.

The prix Alain Estève – in tribute to the climber disappeared in the mountains in 1997-on the technical performance has, meanwhile, been won by the film director Hendrick Dusollier for the “Last days Shibati”. This documentary, which takes place in Chongqing, southwest of China, recounts the testimonies of inhabitants of a neighborhood about to be demolished, and the bond which is created between them and the director.

The third trophy, the prize hope Hiventy, the name of the partner of the event, a major player in the provision of technical audiovisual French and international, offers the post production to director Margot Cami for “Estrellas del Semaforo” and its history on the circassians from Colombia to Argentina. The highlighting of these young people who have opted for the street as a place of creation and encounters, has reinforced the choice of the jury , which stressed the originality of the subject.

The fourth award, the prix Ushuaïa TV, the name of the partner of the festival, which is to broadcast the film of the winner on its chain has been awarded this year’s “Nepal, above the clouds” by Eric Valli. The photographer and French writer recounts the story of his vision on a people in crisis, between hope and resilience of the two characters, Raj and Shiva, become the muleteers after the earthquake that hit the country in 2015, and caused the death of over 9000 people and more than 23,000 injured.

Finally, the grand prix of the public-about 8,000 spectators, has been handed over to Melusine Mallender to the “Ways of Freedom” . For the past ten years, on his motorcycle, she has traveled many countries and has asked his interlocutors and in particular to women, what is their vision of freedom.

The 24th edition will take place from 20 to 24 April 2020 and will propose a new award, the literature prize of the Adventure & Discovery, always with Sylvain Tesson as master of ceremony.


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