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SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET

SYNOPSIS:
Famous Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt) and his countryman Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis) set out to climb Nanga Parbat, one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas in 1939. Self-centred Harrer, whose sole preoccupation is the achievement of fame and glory, experiences an emotional awakening on his journey, that takes him from the heights of the mountains to the depths of internment in a British prisoner-of-war camp, then from escape and a harrowing two-year trek through the Himalayas to the mysterious Tibetan city of Lhasa. Harrer spends seven years in Tibet during a period of tremendous political upheaval, graced with the friendship and spiritual enlightenment of the young Dalai Lama.

"Filmed in the magnificence of the Himalayas, Argentina, Canada and Austria, Seven Years in Tibet is a very human story of a manís search for himself and his salvation. Jean-Jacques Annaudís skilled direction and Becky Johnstonís moving script embrace the subtlety and complexity of this true story, giving us an engrossing and engaging film that works on many levels. Sensationally handsome with features the camera adores, Brad Pitt brings depth and maturity to the role of Heinrich Harrer. The development of the egocentric to the selfless, is one that is both convincing and emotionally touching. It is satisfying to discover hidden depths to his talents, which he displays in the development of his relationship with the young Dali Lama (Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk is sensitive), although at times, his flat Austrian accent jars somewhat. Music is used throughout as a metre for our emotions; John Williamsí haunting, dramatic music delivers fluid, sweeping strains as vast as the Himalayas, coupled with the simplicity of bells & percussive eastern influences. Through his music, Williams has the ability to heighten the feelings of sadness, joy, compassion, intrigue, wonder and fear. Robert Fraisseís breathtaking cinematography shows some of the most stunning vistas imaginable: vast barren landscapes to heavenly, icy peaks. The richness of the Tibetan culture, so ornate and complex with its rituals and beliefs is lovingly portrayed, and there is much to learn from Harrerís journey of survival, discovery, endurance, and redemption. This film will sweep you away to exotic lands and cultures, while retaining integrity, honour and soul."
Louise Keller

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SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET (M)
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CAST: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B.D. Wong, Mako, Danny Denzongpa, Victor Wong, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, Lhakpa Tsamchoe, Jetsun Pema

DIRECTOR: Jean-Jacques Annaud

PRODUCER: Jean-Jacques Annaud, John H. Williams, Iain Smith

SCRIPT: Becky Johnston (based on the book by Heinrich Harrer)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Robert Fraisse

EDITOR: Noelle Boisson

MUSIC: John Williams (cello solos, Yo-Yo Ma)

PRODUCTION DESIGN: At Hoang

RUNNING TIME: 139 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 4, 1997







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