Oscar nominee, Best Documentary

Winner of the Toronto International Film Festival's People's Choice Award for Best Documentary, the Critics' Choice Documentary Award and shortlisted for this year's Best Documentary Feature Oscar®, FREE SOLO is among the most lauded nonfiction films of 2018. Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (MERU) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, FREE SOLO is a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world's most famous rock — the 3,000-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, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of a human's physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit. (Note adapted from National Geographic Documentary Films.) DIR/SCR/PROD Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin; PROD Shannon Dill, Evan Hayes. U.S., 2018, color, 100 min. RATED PG-13

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100 Minutes
Wednesday, March 13, 2019