In January 1971, four men tried a never-attempted-before heroic feat, becoming the first humans to climb the face of the highest waterfall on the planet.
Take four men, each with his own distinct background and personality, mix with icy rainwater, spice with grueling hardship and constant danger, and you have a potent, highly entertaining brew.
In late December 1970 a small private plane arrived in Caracas Int.l Airport.
On board there were three Americans: Paul Starub (the pilot), George Bogel (an experienced climber) and John Timo (the expedition leader). They meet for the first time with David Nott (a British climber and journalist).
A few days later these four adventurers set off to conquer the Angel Falls, deep in the southeastern Venezuelan jungles.
For ten days and nine nights they contended with this sheer 3,000 foot mass of rock, for the most part in drenching rain, and eventually without sleep or rations - no mean task considering that one of them had never climbed before while another was beginning to feel his age. They finally reached the top and came down again, setting a mark in climbing history - two previous expeditions had failed - and living an epic journey involving dangers, friendship, endurance and success.
“Angels Four” is not only a marvelously gripping adventure story that takes you into a remote, wild region and demonstrates, with vivid images and powerful emotional moments how to climb a mountain, but it’s mainly about the human beings who climb it and their unique and incredible nature.
It’s a dramatic and ironic tale of four “angels” pitting themselves against one of Nature’s most awesome creations.
Status of the project
The first draft of the script is finished and the financing is underway. Principal photography is planned for January 2018 in the Venezuelan jungle.
The Judge and His Hangman
The project is the new modern adaptation of the best-selling novel from world famous Swiss novelist and
play writer: Friedrich Dürrenmatt, “Der Richter und sein Henker”. It is an english speaking European motion picture set
in England and Venice with an estimated total production budget of 4 mln Euro.
Inspector Bligh forgoes the arrest of a murderer in order to manipulate him into killing another, more elusive criminal.
Venice 1970. The young inspector Bligh meets during the carnival a young entrepreneur named Goldwyn.
They become friends and enjoy a party on the Grand Canal. After the party as they go home they make a strange bet.
Goldwyn thinks he's able to commit a murder in Bligh’s presence without him being able to prove it. The next day
Goldwyn kills a tourists in front of Bligh. The young inspector tries all he can to prove it, but the local police has no
evidence to charge Goldwyn.
40 years later a police lieutenant is found dead on a country road in the English countryside. Bligh is in charge of the
case and is assisted by the young investigator Tschanz. The investigation eventually leads them to a big Villa outside London.
The Villa belongs to a high society member named Goldsmith. It’s Bligh’s old nemesis Goldwyn that changed his name into Goldsmith. Unfortunately the lack of evidence and social state of Goldsmith, prevent the police to investigate any further.
Tschanz is frustrated and believes Goldsmith is the murderer and tries to force Bligh of his theory.
Bligh finally meets and confronts his old nemesis, taking his revenge. He makes a counter-bet: he will judge and condemn Goldsmith to death for a crime he didn’t commit. Tschanz, being the real murderer of the police lieutenant, is driven by despair and faces Goldsmith by visiting him at the Villa. In the shooting Tschanz kills him and his two servants and is slightly wounded.
The police chief has no other choice than believing Tschanz theory. Goldsmith is charged with the murder of the police lieutenant and the case is solved. The same night Bligh invites Tschanz for dinner and reveals him the truth. He knew from the beginning Tschanz was the real murder and he was using him against Goldsmith
for his scope of justice. Bligh was the judge and Tschanz, unaware, his hangman.
The heart's impatience
The film is the adaptation of the novel "Ungeduld des Herzens" ("Beware of pity" is the English title of the book) by the world famous Austrian writer Stephan Zweig. Written in 1939, it was Zweig's longest and more complexed work of fiction. This new adaptation for the big screen will be a costume film set in Vienna between 1913 and 1914, just before the beginning of World War I. The story, in fact, ends with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, which set the start of the war.
There are two kinds of pity.
One, the weak and sentimental kind, which is really no more than the heart's impatience to be rid as quickly as possible of the painful emotion aroused by the sight of another's unhappiness, that pity which is not compassion, but only an instinctive desire to fortify one's own soul agains the sufferings of another; and the other, the only one at counts, the unsentimental but creative kind, which knows what it is about and is determined to hold out, in patience and forbearance, to the very limit of its strength and even beyond.
In 1913 a young second lieutenant discovers the terrible danger of pity. He had no idea the girl was lame when he asked her to dance his compensatory afternoon calls relieve his guilt but give her a dangerous glimmer of hope.
Stefan Zweig's only novel is a devastating depiction of the torment of the betrayal of both honour and love, realised against the background of the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Status of the project
The first draft of the script is ready and the cast selection is underway. Principal photography is planned start in spring 2019 in Vienna and Niederösterreich (lower Austria).