USA | 2018 | 97min
- Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (‘Meru’, ‘Incorruptible’, ‘Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love’), Jimmy Chin (‘Meru’)
- Starring Alex Honnold
- Documentary, Sport
- 21 Jan, Monday, 7:30PM NEW
- 27 Jan, Sunday, 5PM FINAL
You don’t have to be a fan of rock climbing to love Free Solo.
Toronto Star, Bruce DeMara
Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3000-foot-high El Capitan Wall.
“Directors E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin previously made the acclaimed mountain-climbing movie Meru. They follow Honnold over two years as he tests the limits of his ambition. ‘If you’re seeking perfection, free soloing is as close as you can get,’ Honnold declares.
But Chin, an experienced adventure photographer who’s cheated death before, has a different take: ‘If you’re pushing the edge, eventually you find the edge.’ Honnold has long been a loner, living out of his van for nine years.
We watch as he makes lifestyle changes with a new girlfriend, Sanni.
Will that emotional attachment be helpful or harmful when he needs total concentration?” (Toronto International Film Festival)
Free Solo is about getting dangerously close to the edge, where some people feel most alive. We get to experience that thrill secondhand, and that’s enough.
Time Out, Joshua Rothkopf
The vast, sublime shots of Honnold framed by trees and valleys far, far below, are simply magic. Terrifying, but magic.
Irish Times, Tara Brady