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Kastanistan | Snowmads In An Imaginary Land Without Borders (2022)

The new wintersports film follows pro skier Fabian Lentsch and his local friend Nick Phaliani on a mountain mission in Georgia together with the Snowmads crew while the two transition into new roles

“Kastanistan | Snowmads in an imaginary land without borders” is a ski and snowboard film by NINE&ONE about Georgian mountain guide Nick Phaliani and pro skier and Snowmads mastermind Fabian Lentsch, who go on their first freeride skiing mission together setting up camp in a new zone in Georgia, which hasn’t been skied before and is nothing short of freeride paradise. It is a soulful tale of friendship, conquering challenges as well as an imagination of a land full of peace, love and spines.


After having met back in 2016 when Fabi visited Georgia filming for the first Snowmads skiing film both, Nick and Fabi, have gone through big transitions in their lives. Inspired by the Snowmads Nick has learnt to ski and become a certified mountain guide in just 3 years. Fabi has transitioned from being a freeride line hunting pro skier, to more and more also becoming a bridge builder between cultures and a mentor to others like the young Snowmads riders Konsti and Gabriel, whom he takes along on this unique, couragous and inspiring travel.

As the group conquers new ski and snowboard lines in mindblowing terrain on this mission it all feels a bit like a new found paradise. However paradise is threatened when young Snowmads rider Gabriel chooses a consequential no fall line on his snowboard. Nick has to prove himself as the main guide of the trip, while Fabi has to keep up with feeling responsibility as Gabriel’s mentor.
In the middle of threatened peace all over the world, this is also a film about how to find inner peace no matter where you are. The group calls this imaginary place without borders and full of peace and love KASTANISTAN.


A Film by: NINE&ONE
For: Snowmads
Produced and written by: Karin Lechner 
Directed by:
 Raphael Pöham
Initiator and Line Producer: Fabian Lentsch
Assistant Director: Joi Hoffmann
Principal Cinematography: Raphael Pöham, Joi Hoffmann
Additional Drone Footage: Luki Schäfer
Editing: Raphael Pöham
Sound Design and Mix: Izzy Cope
Stills Photography: Fabio Keck
Artwork: Anna-Maria Indrist

Featuring: Fabian Lentsch, Nick Phaliani, Gabriel indrist, Konsti Ottner,
Joi Hoffmann, Zura Phaliani, Gogita Chartolani

Executive Producer : Karin Lechner

Year of Production: Austria, 2022
Duration: 22 min
Language:  German / English / Georgian (EN subtitles)


How to watch

CINEMA, Austria:
Book your tickets:
12.11.2022 PREMIERE Freeride Film Base, Metropol, Innsbruck

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Further Snowmads film projects by NINE&ONE
A Foreign Native | Snowmads (2021)
Innsbruck. Powder. People. (2021)
Snowmads – Sense of Home (2019)
Ya Mas – Snowmads in Greece (2017)
Snowmads – A Journey Towards Eastern Suns (2016)

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A Foreign Native | Snowmads

Feature Documentary about Fabian Lentsch
on a deep adventure in Iran

“Snowmads – A Foreign Native” is a skiing documentary never seen before. The feature-length NINE&ONE film in Co-Production with Red Bull Media House reflects Austrian skier Fabian “Fabi” Lentsch’s year in Iran, an epic tale of perseverance, friendship and Persian powder.

Watch the Official Trailer here:

In our documentary A FOREIGN NATIVE, directed by Jonas Abenstein and produced by Karin Lechner, professional freeskier and adventurer Fabian Lentsch leaves his familiar world behind and spends close to a year in Iran, a country that he has become so fascinated by on previous travels and that is still so unknown to many, to explore the epic landscapes of this mystical country, find perfect snow and challenge his own western perspectives. 

Fabi’s home base for his year in Iran is the country’s capital Tehran, which he describes as “the most underrated ski town in the world.”

But as military activity and Covid-19 hit the country, this adventure extends well beyond the steep slopes of Iran and Persian powder. The Tyrolean freeski star breaks out of his bubble as a sports professional and learns Farsi in order to be able to meet the locals without any filters.

He begins to learn the tanbur, a traditional Persian instrument. His teacher eventually becomes his first friend, whom he can only speak Farsi with. Together they embark on a journey and dive deep into an adventure overcoming divisiveness and finding similarities and connections in one of the most diverse countries in the world.


Produced by: NINE&ONE
Co-Produced by: Red Bull Media House
Producer: Karin Lechner 
Director:
 Jonas Abenstein

Main cast: Fabian Lentsch, Reza Saharkhiz, Sina Shamyani, Hamze Taheri
Other feat. Snowmads: Markus Ascher, Julian Zenzmaier

Executive Producers : Karin Lechner, Florian Moser, Anton Poggio

Year of Production: Austria, 2021
Duration: 64min
Language:  English / German / Farsi (EN subtitles)


How to watch

CINEMA, Austria:
Book your tickets:
04. – 11.03.2022 Metropol, Innsbruck
21., 26., 27.03.2022 Hollywood Megaplex Gasometer Wien

STREAMING:
Red Bull TV

You want to see more videos about the latest Snowmads adventures? Subscribe to our YouTube channel and be informed when a new Snowmads video is out!

Contact

Contact us if you are interested in screening, streaming or otherwise showing the movie, writing about this film or becoming a partner of future SNOWMADS adventures.

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Further Snowmads film projects by NINE&ONE
Innsbruck. Powder. People. (2021)
Snowmads – Sense of Home (2019)
Ya Mas – Snowmads in Greece (2017)
Snowmads – A Journey Towards Eastern Suns (2016)

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Snowmads – Sense of Home (2019)

The Snowmads at home in Austria

Professional freeskiers Fabian Lentsch, Markus Ascher and Roman Rohrmoser spend a winter at home in the Alps, experience enormous amounts of snow and describe their feelings and perspectives of „Home“. What is home for well travelled pro skiers, how does it feel for them and is home really connected to one specific location? 

Snowmads – Sense of Home is a short movie about one of the best winters Austria has seen in recent years, about discovering Austria with the Snowmads Truck, friendship and three different perspectives on „Home“. 

After big trips to Iran and Greece in the last years, Fabi and his Snowmads buddies decided to spend most of this winter at home in the Austrian mountains, touring around with the Snowmads Truck and chasing the perfect powder. The luck was definitely on their side as Austria’s seen one of the best winters since many years.

A NINE&ONE Production
Directed by Marco Freudenreich

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Ya Mas – Snowmads in Greece (2017)

The Snowmads journey continues

In January 2017 big mountain skier and adventurer Fabian Lentsch hops back on his Snowmads Truck, hits the road again and heads down to Greece – straight into the winter of a century in the mediterranean country! The NINE&ONE production “Ya Mas – Snowmads in Greece” , Fabian and the Snowmads-crew once again reveal new paths and score spectacular skiing lines in regions that didn’t appear on any freeride map yet.

Deep powder in Parnassos, surfing in Crete, lines in Kalavrita and conquering Mount Olympus: the Snowmads exploit the full potential of vanlife travelling in the land of the gods and dive into one of the most ancient cultures we know.

A NINE&ONE production
Directed by Marco Freudenreich
Executive Producers: Karin Lechner, NINE&ONE
Year of production: 2017

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A Journey Towards Eastern Suns (2016)

The very first trip and the beginning of the Snowmads story

„SNOWMADS – A Journey Towards Eastern Suns“ is a film about Austrian freeskier and big mountaineer Fabian Lentsch realizing his long-cherished dream to discover the middle east, together with a group of like-minded skiers and friends in order to find unspoiled skiing lines by rebuilding an old fire truck into the perfect adventure vehicle. In 2016 Fabian, his Snowmads crew and filmmaker Jonas Abenstein dive into the versatile and colorful cultures of Turkey, Iran and Georgia and face the challenge to head into the unknown, get in touch with local natives and experience an incomparable time together exploring new terrains.

„A Journey Towards Eastern Suns“ was not only the very first Snowmads movie project, it was also the first trip with the freshly refurbished fire truck. – the kick off for many more adventures of Fabi Lentsch and his Snowmads buddies. 

„Snowmads – A Journey Towards Eastern Suns“ is a NINE&ONE film in co-production with Red Bull Media House, produced by graupause.

Partners: Scott Sports, Georgia National Tourism Administration

Directed by Jonas Abenstein and Fabian Lentsch

Executive Producers: Karin Lechner, NINE&ONE – www.nineandone.com and Florian Moser, Red Bull Media House