Synopsis

In August 2020, the news of the accident of Swiss polar explorer Konrad Steffen shook the public as well as the scientific community worldwide. Koni, as he was called by his friends, did not return to base camp, the "Swiss Camp", from a routine trip to a measuring station on the Greenland Ice Sheet. It is suspected that he fell into a crevasse covered by fresh snow during bad weather conditions. To this day, there is no trace of him.
Konrad Steffen was a pioneer and well-known for his significant research into the melting polar ice caused by global warming - for over 30 years.

Photographer and filmmaker Corina Gamma had known Koni Steffen for many years and also visited him at the "Swiss Camp" in Greenland. Their shared fascination for archaic snow and ice landscapes bonded them in close friendship.
In her cinema documentary, the director traces the life of Konrad Steffen; long-time colleagues, companions, friends and family, but also the director herself, take a very personal look at Koni's world of thought, his motivation and the perseverance that drove him to the limits and ultimately beyond on his research trips. Tragically, Koni's place of longing has now become his final resting place.

Der Eismann

Documentary film in financing

Director and screenwriter

Corina Gamma

Production

tellfilm

Funding

Swiss Polar Institut