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Mountain films shown in shadow of Matterhorn

"Reines d'un jour" promises to be the most unusual film showing in Zermatt.

(Mountain Film Festival Zermatt)

A unique perspective on alpine glaciers, Heidi and of course, the Matterhorn, will be three of the subjects treated at this year's "Mountain Film Festival" in Zermatt. About a dozen films will be shown at the festival between July 12 and 16.

The respected mountain guide and film director, Gerhard Baur, will be on hand during the showing of his film on opening night, "The Great Aletsch Glacier".

Baur takes moviegoers on a journey through the ice age. He takes his camera into the depths of the ice mass, and transforms a single snowflake into a mighty glacier. The festival organisers have organised a guided tour of a glacier for the following day.

The half-hour film, "Reines d'un jour" (Queen for a day) is a humorous look at traditional cow fighting in canton Valais. But the cows, in this case, are members of a dance troupe. The film will be shown in Zermatt's church square.

A 60 minute German production, "Matterhorn, Das ist der Gipfel" (That tops everything) puts the spotlight on the mountain, from the first ascent in 1865 to its marketing and mass tourism.

There will also be showings of one of the first (1952) and the latest Heidi film (2001), and the classic Hollywood production, "The Sound of Music".

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