Cerro Rico – The Silver Mountain

A Film by Armin Thalhammer

Synopsis

In the vertiginous Bolivian highland, Cerro Rico, a mountain of long tradition and of great significance rises. Since over 400 years people there are mining for silver. The movie offers an impressive insight into the hard and dangerous daily routine of Cerro Rico’s miners. Dust, hollow hammering and the headlights generate a unique and bizarr scenery, at one of the most dangerous workplace in the world.

Director

  • Picture of Armin Thalhammer © Armin Thalhammer

    Armin Thalhammer

    Armin Thalhammer was born in 1988 in a small village in lower Bavaria, Germany. He was running through the neighborhood with his fathers camera even before he learned writing and reading. As he became older he found his love for traveling the world and hearing the stories of people from different cultures. Starting with hitchhiking through Europe he soon found himself traveling up to 20 countries a year. He earns the money for this trips with selling his photographs. In 2008 he started studying media design at the HDUDeggendorf, spending one semester abroad in Melbourne and continuing with a Master Degree in Film at the University for Applied Sciences Salzburg. „Cerro Rico – The Silver Mountain“ is Armin's debut movie.

Awards + Festivals

  • SEHSÜCHTE – 45th INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL FILMUNIVERSITY BABELSBERG (Official Selection, Potsdam, Germany) April 20, 2016
  • 13th GÖTTINGEN INTERNATIONAL ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Göttingen, Germany)May 4, 2016
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL CHAGNG PERCPECTIVES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Istanbul, Turkey)May 6, 2016
  • *Special Mention*
    MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)May 20, 2016
  • 13th VIS VIENNA INDEPENDENT SHORTS – FESTIVAL FOR SHORT FILM, ANIMATION & MUSIC VIDEO (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)May 25, 2016
  • 32nd HAMBURG INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hamburg, Germany)May 31, 2016
  • *SPECIAL MENTION*
    14th GDAŃSK DOCFILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Gdansk, Poland)June 23, 2016
  • 47th STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Montreal, Canada)August 26, 2016
  • *DIRECTOR'S AWARD*
    5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Raleigh, USA)September 5, 2016
  • *SPECIAL MENTION IN DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY*
    3rd FIRST STEP FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)September 14, 2016
  • 12th EARLY BIRD - INT'L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)November 1, 2016
  • 14th TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)November 3, 2016
  • 20th CINEMAIUBIT – INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)December 7, 2016
  • *2nd PRIZE*
    SALZBURGER FILMNACHWUCHSPREIS “SIMON S.” (Nomination, Salzburg, Austria)December 12, 2016
  • 2nd INT'L FILM FESTIVAL OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA (Fiction Short Film Section, Island of Margarita, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela)January 10, 2017
  • 7th GLOBALE MITTELHESSEN 2017 (Competition, Capitol Marburg, Germany)January 27, 2017
  • 7th GLOBALE MITTELHESSEN 2017 (Competition, Kino Center Gießen, Germany)January 28, 2017
  • 8th ANTARCTIC SHORT, DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Finish Antarctic Research Station Aboa, Antarctica)February 1, 2017
  • TRANSMEDIALE FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)February 3, 2017
  • 9th GO SHORT - INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL NIJMEGEN (Breaking Short Student Competition, Netherlands)April 5, 2017
  • FESTIVAL OF TOLERANCE - JFF ZAGREB (Official Selection, Croatia)April 8, 2017
  • FFRESH STUDENT MEDIA FESTIVAL (Shortlisted: International Documentary, Cardiff, Wales)May 2, 2017
  • 11th ETHNOCINECA – INT’L DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL VIENNA 2017 (ADA - Austrian Documentary Award, Austria)May 4, 2017
  • CHEAP CUTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)May 5, 2017
  • ETHNOKINO 2018 - KINO IN DER REITSCHULE (Official Selection, Bern, Switzerland)May 10, 2018
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cyprus)May 11, 2017
  • 9th TRT DOCUMENTARY AWARDS (Official Selection, Ankara, Turkey)May 11, 2017
  • *WORKERS OF THE WORLD AWARD*
    12th BRAZILIAN INT'L LABOUR FILM FESTIVAL - MOSTRA CINE TRABALHO (Official Selection, Campinas, Brazil)May 15, 2017
  • 8th ONE COUNTRY ONE FILM INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Apchat, France)July 27, 2017

Trailer

Crew

Director
Armin Thalhammer
Screenplay
Armin Thalhammer
Producer
Katharina Rettenbacher
Director of Photography
Julian Hartmuth, Armin Thalhammer
Sound
Andreas Posch, Ester Kao
Editor
Armin Thalhammer
Sound Design
Ester Kao, Andreas Posch, Christoph Mittermaier

Details

Running Time
32:39 (DCP) 30:00 (25 FPS)
Shooting Format
Digital Video
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Sound
5.1 & Stereo
Website

Contact

DISTRIBUTION /FILM AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILMSCHOOL

Fachhochschule Salzburg
MultiMediaArt
Campus Urstein Süd 1
5412 Puch/Salzburg, Austria

DIRECTOR

Armin Thalhammer
info@cerro-rico-film.com
www.armin-thalhammer.de