The Polish filmmaker Marcin Yeti Tomaszewski is a big wall climber. Big wall climbing is a very demanding discipline of climbing, both physically and mentally. Long routes of at least 300-500m on (close to) vertical rock walls are climbed in one go, lasting for one or even multiple days.
Inussuk is a film about a big wall winter ascend, executed by the filmmaker and Paweł Hałdaś earlier this year, on Greenland’s west coast. The film is not about the technical aspects and is therefore not a report as such. Instead, the focus of attention is on the inner lives of the characters and their reflections during the expedition, besides a voice over of an Inuit lady reminiscing about her father.
The title Inussuk refers to a kind of traditional Inuit sculpture. These are carefully stacked stones, together resembling a standing person. Inussuk serve as a guide through the landscape, thereby serving a practical use. However, they also have a more mystical meaning, guiding the way through life, back home.