Linea continua


Four generations, one sole purpose: going to the mountains in search of adventure, again and again! This is the Barmasse family of Valtournenche: mountaineers, alpinists, explorers and mountain guides on Matterhorn. It was on this very “Gran Becca”, as the Val D’Aostans call Cervino, that on the 17th of March, 2010 spanning 2 generations, father and son tied in together. Their aim was to climb that Couloir, which, from Enjambée, plunges for 1200 meters towards the base of the South Face of Matterhorn. An old project, attempted 24 years prior by Marco’s father, taken up on this day by Marco and his son, Hervé. A difficult route, defined by some of the greatest alpinists of the 1980s as “one of the last logical projects in the Alps,” it still remained incomplete in 2010.

Marco Barmasse
“Once again I saw the wall that had barred my way 24 years ago. There was also a Friend and ice screw left behind from the Swiss attempt. Hervé managed to climb, slowly, without ever missing a step, and so we reached the exit at around 8.15 p.m. That was it: we were on the Normal Italian Route at the Enjambée, nearly home! In the Couloir the immense south face of the Matterhorn towers over you, almost crushing you…”

Hervé Barmasse
“Whenever we met up, at a family meal or just for a coffee, the “ Couloir” was often the main topic of conversation. We always ended up talking about the Matterhorn which for us Barmasses represents much more than a mere mountain. So many things have been said and written about it; I can only say that this mountain is in my heart and each time I stop to look at it I can only daydream. I think my father feels the same..”



Directors: Hervé Barmasse, Giacomo Berthet e Damiano Levati
Cameramen: Giacomo Berthet
Addition camera: Hervé Barmasse, Damiano Levati
Editing: Giacomo Berthet
Director of photography: Giacomo Berthet
Production: A.S.D. Les yeux du Mont Cervin
Music: DJ Fab – Matteo Cara


corona d'alloro First prize – International Competition Video makers
Award Teleticino 2011 – Festival of Lugano, Svizzera – september 2011

corona d'alloro Best short film – 4th Festival Internacional de Cine de Montana
Ushuaia SHH – Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina – august 2011

corona d'alloro Special jury mention, section “Paesaggi d’Italia”
Orobie Film Festival – Bergamo, Italy – february 2011

corona d'alloro Special jury mention – Mountain Film Festival Domzale
Slovenia – april 2012

corona d'alloro Italian alpin club award – Memorial Giorgio Gualco – Terre Alte … Emozioni dal Mondo – International Mountain Film Festival – Milano, Italy – october 2012


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