A 14-year-old boy with cerebral palsy sets out to conquer the Marmolada Mountain in Italy, joined by a more-experienced adventure partner and a local mountain guide.
Driven is an independent adventure film from the lineage of adventurous adventurers such as Sir Edmund Hillary, Henry David Thoreau, and many others. Set in the Dolomites mountain range in northern Italy, the documentary follows the young Brazilian boy Getúlio Felipe, 14, along with his friend Pedro McCardell and Italian mountain guide Alessio Nardellotto, while the trio takes on the challenge of climbing the highest mountain in the Cordillera: the Marmolada, with 3,343.
To accomplish the task, however, our characters will have to summon the necessary mental and physical strength to overcome not only the bad weather, the lack of oxygen, and the steep rocky slopes, but themselves.
And much although the protagonist of Driven is a boy with cerebral palsy, this is not about disability, but living large and not giving in to sentimentality. It is not primarily about mountains or nature, either; it is, instead, a meditation about perseverance, strength, and friendship. It is about this drive that burns inside all of us, pushing us towards our goals, wishes, and dreams. It is about crossing one’s limits.
Are most of our so-called everyday “problems” real? Or are they just mental blockages hindering us from living full, complete and extraordinary lives?
As we follow this somewhat unlikely trio of climbers on their endeavor, we hope to engage our audience in a moving journey of inspiration that may help them to find some answers to these questions.
Driven is set in northern Italy, in the Dolomites mountain range, which was formed over 280 million years ago, when parts of Europe and Africa were merged in a supercontinent known as Pangaea. The Dolomites are a rather peculiar region with 200 km/h winds, bordering the provinces of Belluno, South Tyrol, and Trentino, and have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Driven is scheduled to be shot in spring 2019, when Pedro McCardell and the young Getúlio Felipe, guided by local mountaineer Alessio Nardellotto, are going to climb the Marmolada, the highest peak of the Dolomites, a.k.a. “The Queen of The Dolomites,” at 3.343 meter high.
Pedro McCardell, 1978, has always craved outdoor adventure. Whether he is surfing, snowboarding, biking, skydiving, trekking, climbing high mountains, riding or exploring with motorcycles, he is always up to exploring new places and documenting his adventures.
In May 2017, he rode his motorcycle from São Paulo to San Francisco, California, to pitch an idea that has turned into Lyfx.co, one of the world’s fastest growing adventure companies.
His debut short film Guanaco has been screened and awarded at film festivals around the world, including the Hollywood Documentary Awards and the Canada Winter Film Festival. Driven is his second effort as a documentary filmmaker.
Getúlio Felipe was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2004. At birth, he experienced a respiratory failure that affected the movement of his lower limbs. Yet, driven by extraordinary determination and perseverance, Felipe’s dream of taking a single step was fulfilled, making room for many others.
At age nine, he met McCardell at Instituto Neymar, and they soon became friends. Years later, McCardell invited him to take part in a mountaineering adventure, and Felipe began to prepare himself for the big challenge.
Alessio Nardellotto was born in Treviso, Italy, in 1989. He has been passionate about mountains since he was a child, but only after he ended his career as a triathlon athlete, was he able to fully devote to mountaineering and skiing. He has been a professional alpine and mountain guide since 2014, as well as a highly specialized tree climber. Nardellotto’s mission in Driven is to guide McCardell and Felipe to the summit of the Marmolada, the highest peak of the Dolomites range.
The references for Driven include Jimmy Chin’s Meru, and Asif Kapadia’s Senna, as well as the life and ideals of mountaineers such as Reinhold Messner, and other restless, free spirits who have led us to believe that everything is possible.
The expedition is planned to last a week, but depending on the weather conditions, it may be shortened or extended. The team is well prepared, but as the weather in these mountains changes rapidly and there are many crevasses in the glacial leading to the top of Marmolada, unforeseen events can happen. Therefore, a rescue team and a helicopter company will oversee the expedition.
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