Mountain Literature

In recent years the DMFF has been giving increasing prominence to mountain literature with its Bergen&Boeken programme. The festival will be hosting a number of distinguished guests from the world of mountain culture and literature this year, as well as a mountain-book fair.
Visitors should take note that many of the mountain literature events will be in either Dutch or German, so this may present an extra challenge for those unfamiliar with these languages!


Poetry Slam bus trip

Tuesday 31 October 7 pm, in the bus

From Aachen a bus will take visitors to the opening performance of White Out in Kerkrade. Passengers will be accompanied by German poetry slammer Max Raths. For the last eight years he has been rhyming his way from podium to podium with his puns, an interest in current affairs and the peculiarities of the German language, at times with his ‘head in the clouds’. As the bus crosses the frontier between Germany and the Netherlands he will deliver an inspiring but alarming message.

This event will be in German.

‘The Eight Mountains’ with Cognetti translator Yond Boeke, plus real mountain cheese.

Thursday 2 November at 8 pm, Royal Theater

We will be screening the modern classic The Eight Mountains (2022), adapted from the bestselling book by Paolo Cognetti. Before the screening we will be talking to Yond Boeke, the Dutch translator of Paolo Cognetti, about how the language of Italian mountain culture is translated into Dutch without losing the nuances of the original Italian. As if that weren’t enough, during the screening, we’ll be serving authentic mountain cheese, ensuring our taste buds too will remind us of beautiful alpine pastures.

The film is in Italian with Dutch subtitles.

Interview with Christoph Wenzel

Friday 3 November at 7.45 pm, Apollo Kino

In August 2023, German writer Christoph Wenzel stayed for a week in the hills of Zuid-Limburg. His time there was spent talking to the locals, carrying out artistic research in the valleys and exploring the upland landscape. The result is a story about altitude and life in the hill country. Christoph will be sharing his experiences with the audience prior to the screening of “No Dogs or Italians allowed”.

The presentation will be in German. The screening in Aachen is in French with German subtitles.
Photo: Sascha Kokot

Auke Hulst and Yentl van Stokkum

Saturday 4 November at 6.30 pm, Royal Theater

The DMFF is delighted to welcome these important Dutch writers to our festival. For both of them, nature is a leitmotif in their work, from the the wide open spaces of Groningen and the riverscapes of the central Netherlands, to the moorlands of Britain. We asked them to write about their respective peregrinations for Dutch Mountain Film Festival. On Saturday, the writers will be interviewed by Benti Banach in the Royal Theater and read from their work. Writer-in-residence Christoph Wenzel will also be present.

This event will take place in Dutch.

Maarten Faas about Philips Christiaan Visser

Sunday 5 November at 12 noon, Royal Theater

Philips Visser was the last great Dutch explorer and the most well-known mountaineer before the Second World War. Together with his wife Jenny, he followed his passion, sold the family business and led four successful expeditions to the Karakoram. In November 2023, Maarten Faas is publishing his biography about Visser. The first copies of his biography will be made exclusively available to visitors of the festival.

Both the presentation and the book will be in Dutch.

Mountain-book fair

Gerard’s mountain-book fair

Thursday – Apollo Kino Aachen – 6 pm to 10 pm
Friday to Sunday – Royal Heerlen – open during festival hours

Gerard van Sprang will be managing his very own mountain book stall during the festival. As well as a large collection of second-hand mountain books, he also has an array of mountain maps, all for a special price! Check out his whole collection at:



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