ICARUS – THE DREAM OF FLYING

Today, modern wingsuits make it possible for man to come closer to fulfilling his age-old dream of flying. This high-risk sport is both controversial and fascinating. We look at the desire to fly from a historical perspective and show flight pictures that have never before been seen in this way, including the world's longest ever wingsuit jump.

Today, modern wingsuits make it possible for man to come closer to fulfilling his age-old dream of free flying. In the wingsuit mecca of Lauterbrunnental in Switzerland, pilots from all over the world make over 20,000 jumps a year. Fatalities are not uncommon. Both controversial and fascinating, this high-risk sport also offers extreme athletes a new approach to the mountains. Reaching the summit is no longer the main priority of many professional alpinists and base jumpers. Stephan Siegrist, for example, climbed the Eiger north face's extreme Magic Mushroom route, but then dived from the top of the mushroom-shaped rock in a wingsuit. Patrick Kerber, too, wants not only to reach the summit of the Jungfrau but to achieve the world's longest wingsuit jump: from an altitude of 4100 metres down into the valley of Lauterbrunnental. What drives these extreme sportsmen? What is their motivation? We look at the desire to fly from a historical perspective and show flight pictures that have never before been seen in this away. A film about the effects and side-effects of trying to fulfil an age-old dream.

Genre Sport / Human Interest / Society
Length 52’ HD
Film by Alain Godet
Production alain godet doc films for SRF
Original Title Ikarus – Der Traum vom Fliegen
Year 2016

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Today, modern wingsuits make it possible for man to come close to fulfilling his age-old dream of flying. This high-risk sport is both controversial and fascinating. What drives these extreme sportsmen?
Today, modern wingsuits make it possible for man to come closer to fulfilling his age-old dream of free flying. In the wingsuit mecca of Lauterbrunnental in Switzerland, pilots from all over the world make over 20,000 jumps a year. Fatalities are not uncommon. Both controversial and fascinating, this high-risk sport also offers extreme athletes a new approach to the mountains. Reaching the summit is no longer the main priority of many professional alpinists and base jumpers. What drives these extreme sportsmen? What is their motivation? We look at the desire to fly from a historical perspective and show flight pictures that have never before been seen in this away. A film about the effects and side-effects of trying to fulfil an age-old dream.

Sport / Human Interest / Society
Length 52’ HD
Film by Alain Godet
Production alain godet doc films for SRF, 2016
Original title Ikarus – Der Traum vom Fliegen