Followed by a discussion with director Jimmy Chin
The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
*Free Solo*. 2018. USA. Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. Courtesy of National Geographic Films

Free Solo. 2018. USA. Directed by Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 97 min.

How high would you climb to fulfill your destiny? If you are celebrated professional rock-climber Alex Honnold, the answer would be “the tallest rock-face on earth” (Yosemite’s El Capitan). That challenge in and of itself is a remarkable feat of human determination. What sets Alex apart is his obsession to do it without safety ropes. Experienced mountain-doc filmmakers Elisabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (Meru) take on the dual challenge of capturing the record-breaking free climb, and capturing the peripatetic life of their subject (who lives in his van). The result is a powerful work of cinema that is both heart-stopping and heart-melting. Courtesy of National Geographic Films

This film accompanies The Contenders 2018.