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Chasing the Line
For the downhill challenge at the Winter Olympics 1976 there could only be one favourite: Franz Klammer. The charismatic Austrian downhill racer carries the hopes of a whole nation on his shoulders. Faced with this pressure, his sponsor wanting to change his equipment at the last minute for promotional reasons, the weather conditions worsening by the day, the mountain turning out to be defiant and rival racers on his heels, Franz ends up facing the ultimate challenge.
|Completion expected:||fall 2021|
|Writer(s):||Elisabeth Schmied, Andreas Schmied|
|Cinematographer(s):||Xiaosu Han, Andreas Thalhammer|
|Key cast:||Julian Waldner, Valerie Huber, Robert Reinagl, Harry Lampl|
|Producers:||Loredana Rehekampff, Andreas Schmied , Jakob Pochlatko, Dieter Pochlatko, Thomas Brunner, Gernot Schaffler|
«There is a lot at stake.»
He rejected both the ideal line and the latest ski technology, but when Franz Klammer completed his stunning run down Mount Patscherkofel in less than two minutes he made Austrian sporting history. Elisabeth and Andreas Schmied are too young to have experienced this moment in person, but they certainly appreciate the fascination of the Klammer phenomenon. Together they wrote the screenplay for CHASING THE LINE, which focuses on the few days before the legendary Olympic event. In Andreas Schmied’s sixth cinema film he studies the man and myth that is Franz Klammer and hauls a moment of collective joy back into the present.