Life Above the Clouds / Leben über den Wolken

In LIFE ABOVE THE CLOUDS five locations on the European continent are presented where humans have managed, through perseverance and in a most impressive manner, to establish themselves „above the clouds“ despite all temptations of a simpler life further down below.

They are one and all an exceptional phenomenon, for in many places, life at this altitude is threatened by extinction. New EU directives make the traditional forms of cultivation of many remote locations impossible, while the new, younger generations dream and desire to take part in the new globalised world of mobile phones and Internet. Likewise, the regional administrations and other institutions no longer concern themselves with some of the distant locations, thus making them uninhabitable.

The series not only presents visually stunning and often extreme lifestyles found somewhere between heaven and earth, but also tells of the remnants of an ancient world that is soon to become part of the past.


  1. A Fairy-Tale Valley in the Carpathian Mountains
  2. A Monastery in the Pyrenees
  3. A Mountain Farmer in South Tyrol
  4. In the White Mountains of Crete
  5. In the Hardangerfjord of Norway


Country of Production
Germany / Italy / Greece

Year of Production

HDCam, Digi Beta Pal

5x52 min

Titus Faschina, Reinhard Kungel, Andreas Pichler, Stelios Apostolopoulos, Nikos Dayandas, Carmen Butta, Anuschka Seifert

Production filmproduktion in co-production with Stefilm and ZDF in association with ARTE

Original Language
Greek, Catalan, German, Norwegian, Romanian

English, French

Festivals / Awards

Trento FF 2011
Vancouver IFF 2011