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40 Below: The Toughest Race in the World

  • Showtime: Sat, Feb 10th @ 7:00 PM

  • Runtime: 01:39:00

  • Directed By: Marius Anderson

  • Rating: GA

  • Genre: Travel & Adventure, Social & Human Interest, Society & Community, Sports, Lifestyle, Environment & Nature

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Sponsored by The Ely Echo, this screening will be followed by a Q&A with Duluth-based filmmaker Marius Anderson and a special guest appearance from the Arrowhead 135...

Join us afterwards for the EFF24 After Party - Live Music Upstairs at the Boathouse Brewpub!


It’s been called the toughest endurance race in the world ... why would anyone do this, especially when it’s 40 degrees below zero? Set in Northern Minnesota, we meet Leah, a junk food eating scientist, and Bill, an accomplished ultra-marathoner who just can’t seem to finish this incredibly challenging race. They run, bike or ski 135 miles over three days in the solitary woods, sometimes hallucinating and barely stopping to rest or sleep in the snow without getting frostbite or freezing to death. What can we learn from them about life, love and happiness?

🥇Winner Audience Choice Award Documentary Feature @ 42nd Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF 2023)
🥇Winner Best of Fest @ MSPIFF 2023
🥇Winner Special Jury Price @ San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest 2023)
🥇Winner Best Documentary Feature @ Duluth Superior Film Festival 2023

Director Bios:

Marius Anderson is a German filmmaker based in Minnesota. He often works solo directing, producing, filming, writing and editing documentaries and news stories for networks around the world including ARD, DW-TV (German TV), SRF (Swiss TV), ARTE (France/Germany), and Great Big Story/CNN. He has also co-directed, filmed and edited the broadcast-length independent political documentary about the rise of the far right in Croatia “Rechts, zwo, drei - driftet Europa ab?”.

Marius is currently working on the feature-length documentary 40 Below about extreme endurance athletes on their quest to finish the toughest race in the world in 40 degrees below zero (yes, really!).
Marius is the primary cinematographer and editor of this film.

Recently Marius was the Director of Photography for a new sports documentary series "FC Bayern – Behind The Legend", filming in New York City, Dallas and Kansas City and will be streaming worldwide on Amazon Prime Video in December 2021.

Read more about Marius on his production company website London Road Films: