Behind ‘ZABARDAST’: A Raw Travel Diary of an Expedition into the Heart of the Karakoram Range
Did you watch Jérôme Tanon’s latest masterpiece Zabardast? It’s “An extremely down-to-earth, overwhelming film, which showcases the reality of a group of friends embarked in the adventure of their lives, in -probably- the most beautiful mountain range in the planet: the Karakorum.”
4 – Regarding the plot, the film has different tempos and turns, which allow us to live the rhythm of the expedition. How do you find the balance between the pure sports/adventure documentary film and the anthropological/social documentary implicit in every mountain expedition?
Since I was there with them, I knew that this movie could not only be about skiing, snowboarding. Riding was not even 1% of our time spent there. It was clearly an adventure before anything else, and my comrades were such characters, so different from each other yet so tight together like a family, that I wanted to tell more about them, and give them a chance to tell their of the story through their diaries.
5 – Once you were on the terrain, what came first for you, the film or the adventure?
Adventure and film were inseparable; one couldn’t exist without the other. All members of the crew were dedicated to the adventure as well as to filming, so they agreed to take the time required to film some shots. Though when times were tough, it was impossible to film anything, when even cameramen had to pull their heavy sleds, when it was so cold, or when we were too tired to do anything. But on the terrain, priority was given to the adventure, to safety. No risking your life for a shot, for a line. The camera crew was there to testify whatever would happen; not to direct some scenario.