Free Solo

Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, USA 2018, 100’
European premiere
Chef Flynn Hal

Breathtaking nature and a terrifying plan - a rope-free climb of 2,300 m on the nearly smooth face of an iconic mountain. Alex Honnold decided to do the impossible and make his dream come true - climb the majestic El Capitan in Yosemite. The goal is possible to achieve, but only when everything goes according to plan and with this kind of climbing an infinite number of scenarios is possible - all it takes is one loose stone or a slightly stronger breeze.  Free Solo delights and astounds, but also shows that very private parts of the extreme climber's personality, elements usually inaccessible to outsiders, who may not comprehend why anyone would risk their life for something as "trivial" as extreme sport that is usually performed in front of oneself and involves the constant crossing of one's own limitations. Alex does not explain anything, but simply keeps climbing, setting new limits of human endurance. A must-see on the big screen.

Magdalena Maksymiuk


Toronto IFF 2018 - People’s Choice Award (Doc.)

Jimmy Chin

These two documentary filmmakers have been married since 2013. Jimmy is a photographer and a climber whose work combines both passions. In 2002, he was commissioned by National Geographic to film an expedition across the Tibetan plateau of Chang Tang and in 2006 he was part of the first American team to ski down Mount Everest. In 2015, together with his wife, he won the Audience Award at the Sundance Festival for the film Meru


2015 Meru (co-dir., doc.)

2018 Free Solo (co-dir., doc.)

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

These two documentary filmmakers have been married since 2013. Chai worked as an assistant to director Mike Nichols on the film   Closer and was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2005.

Selected filmography

2003 A Normal Life (doc.)

2008 Youssou N'Dour - Miłość do muzyki / Youssou N'Dour - I Bring What I Love (doc.)

2013 Touba (doc.)

2015 Meru (co-dir., doc.)

2015 Incorruptible (doc.)

2018 Free Solo (co-dir., doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
screenplay Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
cinematography Jimmy Chin, Clair Popkin, Mikey Schaefer
editing Bob Eisenhardt
music Marco Beltrami
cast Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold
producer Matt Renner, Tim Pastore
production National Geographic, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation
sales National Geographic
language English
coloration colour
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