From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, the directors of “MERU,” comes FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock … the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park … without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge places his story in the annals of human achievement.
FREE SOLO is an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who challenges both his body and his beliefs on a quest to triumph over the impossible, revealing the personal toll of excellence. As the climber begins his training, the armor of invincibility he’s built up over decades unexpectedly breaks apart when Honnold begins to fall in love, threatening his focus and giving way to injury and setbacks. Vasarhelyi and Chin succeed in beautifully capturing deeply human moments with Honnold as well as the death-defying climb with exquisite artistry and masterful, vertigo-inducing camerawork. The result is a triumph of the human spirit that represents what The New York Times calls “a miraculous opportunity for the rest of us to experience the human sublime.” (2018, Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, U.S., English, CC available, PG-13, DCP)
“Chin and Vasarhelyi have made a film that works both as a praiseworthy historical document rich in context and visual detail, and as a gripping emotional journey full of mythical resonance.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“The camera work in FREE SOLO will blow your mind — or whatever’s left of it. We’re told that drones were used to film a few of the trickier angles. It wouldn’t be surprising if eagles joined the crew…[P]umped by Marco Beltrami’s score and your own adrenaline, you feel every spectacular moment.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“Go figure that the year’s most outrageously harrowing action movie turns out to be an arthouse doc from National Geographic.” — Tom Russo, Boston Globe
“Despite the gravity-defying cinematography and alpine setting, FREE SOLO transcends the climbing world and intimately examines something universal.” — Evan Bush, Seattle Times