Free Solo

    • Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
    • United States
    • 2018
    • 101 min
    • Dutch Premiere
    • Best of Fests

    The most fearless among mountaineers are the free solo climbers who don’t use ropes or any other kind of safety equipment. They also climb at great heights, so even the tiniest mistake could be fatal. This is Alex Honnold’s speciality.

    Free Solo follows the American soloist Honnold as he prepares to climb El Capitan, the legendary 900-meter vertical rockface in Yosemite National Park. Even with safety equipment it’s an incredibly difficult climb. Ascending it requires complete focus, and Honnold believes that’s why his first attempt fails—he feels there are too many people watching, and that includes the film crew.

    Honnold talks about what motivates him to be a free solo climber, and also about his fears, his family, and his blossoming relationship with fellow climber Sanni McCandless. In this next attempt, the filmmakers do their utmost to avoid distracting him. The result is an absolute thriller about an insanely impressive and courageous adventure.


    • 101 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English
    • Subtitles in: Not applicable
    Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
    Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi / Little Monster Films, Jimmy Chin for Itinerant Media, Evan Hayes for Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation , Shannon Dill for National Geographic Documentary Films
    Executive producer
    Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Tim Pastore, Matt Renner
    Jimmy Chin, Clair Popkin, Mikey Schaefer
    Bob Eisenhardt

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    Dutch Premiere
    Best of Fests

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