SOLITAIRE: A Backcountry Skiing, Snowboarding, and Telemark Film from Sweetgrass Productions
In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, devouring bleached bones and abandoned shacks. Into these most inhospitable of lands, a handful of drifters emerge from the whiteout, ready to cast their lot on forsaken peaks both merciless and magnificent. Venturing beyond the frontiers of most mountain films, Solitaire is backcountry skiing forged in the tradition of Western cinema. Born in the spires of Argentina’s legendary Las Lenas, a lonely two-year journey begins through an abandoned world, wandering the length of a continent from Peru’s Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia.
Lost in the winds of snowbound badlands and the blizzards of primordial forests; seen from a horse’s saddle and a paraglider’s wings; ridden on ski and board and telemark…
Solitaire fuses western-inspired tales of backcountry gambles into landscapes never before visited on film.
Shot on location in
Las Lenas, Argentina; Portillo, Chile; Nevados de Chillan, Chile; Patagonia, Chile; Bariloche, Argentina; Caviahue, Argentina; Huaraz, Peru; Iquitos, Peru; Uyuni, Bolivia; and Sajama, Bolivia.
Leo Ahrens – JP Auclair – Ryland Bell – Will Cardamone – Johnny Collinson – Forrest Coots – Stephan Drake – Jacqui Edgerly – Chris Erickson – Sebastian Haag – Kip Garre – Atsushi Gomyo – Kim Havell – Eliel Hindert – Erica Laidlaw – Jaime Laidlaw – Kyle Miller – Osamu “Ommu” Okada – Carston Oliver – Alex Paul – Thayne Rich – Dave Rosenbarger – Don Roth – Elyse Saugstad – Aidan Sheahan – Forrest Shearer – Ptor Spricenieks – Thomas Steiner – Drew Stoecklein – Taro Tamai – Jack Tolan
Honoring Arne Backstrom and Kip Garre.
“The Plains/Bitter Dancer” by FLEET FOXES
“Light of the Light” by SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE
“Azaleadalen” & “In Every Direction” by JUNIP
“Deadweight on Velveteen” by JOSE GONZALEZ
“Optimist”, “Hello Night”, ”Sun Will Set”, “Forest”, ”Frozen Angels”,
“The Last Bird”, “Lost”, & “Escape Artist” by ZOE KEATING
“Senior Living”, “CELER”, & “Ascensionaries” by ROYKSOPP
“That Sea, The Gambler” by GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV
“Oscurio”, “Main Title”, “Closing Theme” by AMY STOLZENBACH