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22 September 2021

Bjorn to fight.

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “A Portrait of The Mountain” - 8 mins 06s

This intimate portrait of Hafthor Bjornsson - who found fame playing The Mountain in Game of Thrones - is an enthralling study in how physicality can affect one's psyche. 6'9" Bjornsson competed in strongman competitions for over a decade and was declared the world's strongest man in 2018, yet packed it all in to train as a boxer.

Pete Banks's film follows the wannabe fighter in the lead-up to his debut bout against Eddie Hall, and sees Bjornsson muse on what strength and fighting really mean. His descriptions of his most brutal training moments are intriguing, inviting the viewer to contemplate what motivates such dedication, before a twist halfway through the film throws everything into flux. Thought-provoking stuff for meditative viewers.

Film Production: Kode Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Pete Banks Ⓦ
Editor: Akhil Kanukuntla @ Kode Ⓟ Ⓦ

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