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Ghost Mountaineer (Must Alpinist)

Film from Estonia about climbing in Siberia. In the background the end of the Soviet Union and a Boryat village with shamanism.
Must Alpininst - Ghost Mountaineer
How to get surprised by good films from distant places? The easiest way is asking locals for tips when you are there. This wasn’t possible this time, but a friend of us happened to be in Tallinn for few days. “There is a good DVD department, go there - Paul told  him after having written down his want-list. - And then ask the shop assistant what he/she would suggest in addition to that list”. “And you really will pay for that all, not knowing what he'll suggest?" - our friend asked puzzled. “Yes, don’t worry! - Paul said. This is how we got Ghost Mountaineer (Must Alpinist - in Estonian).  That film was an excellent choice. Thanks to that unknown shop assistant!  And to our friend!

Film from Estonia about Siberia in the 80.

The film starts with some brownish amateur pictures and a women voice from the off. First we were not sure whether it's a documentary or a feature film. It turned out to be a mix, with the most part being a feature staged according to that what really happened in the 80. in the Soviet Union.  

Six Estonian geology and biology students (four boys and two girls) used their winter holidays for an expedition to the mountains of  Buryatia (Siberia). They looked for fun, an adventure and some rare green stone, the nephrite. And they got lost in the wintry mountains. Soon a conflict started about the right path to the mountain pass, the speed of the expedition and one blond girl. Track leader Olle turned more and more autistic, one girl was siding with him, but not the one he had a shy relationship with. Because of his strange behavior he became quite  unpopular in the young hiking group. And around were only mountains and snow, lots of snow.

Siberian mountains  and Buryat shamanism

What started as a light student’s film with lots of vodka, jokes about Buryat shamanistic religion with its ghosts and funny ski slopes, turned into a drama on the last day. Olle disappeared in an unknown way in the mountains. His main rival in the group, adventurous Eero, began to guide the descending students into a Buryate village to seek help. Thousands kilometers from their homes, in a different cultural environment, in the time of Perestroika, they tried to find their friend. Alive or dead.

As mysterious events began to happen they started to believe that the missing Olle was behind that, or a ghost mountaineer…



Director: Urmas Eero Liiv
Writer: Urmas Eero Liiv
Runtime: 1h 40min
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Streaming: 27 November 2015 (Estonia)


Priit Pius - Eero
Reimo Sagor - Olle
Hanna Martinson- Marleen
Liis Lass – Anne
Veiko Porkanen – Margus
Rait Õunapuu – Indrek
Vadim Andreev – Militia man
Valerii Sanzheev – Fotik
Vanda Iaksheeva – Morgue Lady


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