Uff, almost two weeks without stepping on the mountain, will I resist? This is what must have passed through the head of Kilian Jornet when he agreed to join an international tour in which interviews, presentations, conferences would abound … The trip began in November 2018 in Bangkok and ended eleven days later in Barcelona, with a camera following its evolution in scenarios in which not usually lavish.
The advantage is that the Cerdanya athlete began his urban adventure with heavily charged batteries, after being oxygenated during a season in the Himalayas, one of your usual destinations. Even so, for a man whose natural habitat is the mountain, the tour would surely be much harder than an ultramarathon with vertigo slopes.But, as an athlete supported by not a few brands, he is aware that he must pay the toll that implies have a carte blanche to embark on the projects that motivate you most. From Everest alone to the less threshed peaks of the Alps.
From the mountain to the asphalt
“We wanted to explain the backstage of Kilian, show the king of outdoor on another set, giving interviews, participating in acts of their sponsors … ”
The video on demand platform Rakuten TV opens tomorrow Inside Kilian Jornet, a documentary that offers another image of the athlete. “We wanted to explain the backstage of Kilian, show the king of outdoor on another set, giving interviews, participating in acts of their sponsors … This has been the longest tour he has ever done in his life, he had never done eleven days in a row, at most two or three, ”he says The vanguard
Josep Serra, the director of the documentary.
The subtitle of the documentary reads:
World tour in my best worst year
. At the end of 2017 he had gone through the operating room to have both shoulders, which forced him to stop, relatively, one season. And in March 2018 he suffered the breakage of the fibula while participating in the mythical mountain ski race Close mint. Kilian does not hide that he needs physical activity and the wild nature chutes like the air he breathes. Among the good news of that irregular 2018 highlights the confirmation that he would be a father in 2019.
From Bangkok to Barcelona
The athlete gives himself thoroughly to the role he has to play in the company of teammates
The climber reflects on these issues in his house Norway, in hotels in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as in the airplanes and taxis that he took during the tour. He gives himself thoroughly to the role he has to play for a week and a half in the company of teammates, such as his manager, Jordi Lorenzo.
Serra marvels that the restless mountaineer stoically resisted the frenetic pace of flights and presentations. Before the film crew met him in Thailand, the starting point, Serra said: “This crazy trip promises” Years ago “this route through Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Paris, Milan … it would have been a time bomb, but Kilian is a professional and endured, ”he adds.
Actually, it seems that he even enjoys the situation, it is taken with philosophy to spend nights on airplanes and stay on a diet of pure air. As a consolation prize, “one day he could escape to a climbing wall and another ran on the treadmill of a hotel gym,” says the director who already co-directed with Sébastien Montaz the mountaineer’s previous movie,
Kilian Jornet, path to Everest
Away from the documentaries with spectacular images that Jornet has accustomed us to, Rakuten’s is looking for a leisurely pace to show another version of the corridor.