Friendship between men can be a climb. Kyle and Mike, both in their 30s (played by the picture’s director and the scriptwriter) are cycling up the hill side by side while suddenly Mike reveals he slept with the fiancée. Is that the end of their relationship? Not really, but the wedding gets cancelled. The two men will live through lots of drama, heartbreak and laughter together. The Climb was initially a short under the same title, which was screened at Sundance FF in 2017 to raving reviews. It was extended into feature after adding next chapters of Mike and Kyle’s friendship (based on their experiences but not autobiographical as they say) creating a prime buddy comedy as if Judd Apatow’s style was put through a filter of European auteur film (see the surreal musical scenes or masterly long shots). Covino’s debut premiered at Cannes Certain Regard section and was awarded Coup de Ceur prize and subsequently a number of awards at Festival of American Film in Deauville.
Cannes IFF 2019 - Jury Coup de Coeur (Un Certain Regard); Deauville FF 2019 - Jury Prize
Michael Angelo Covino is a filmmaker and actor from New York. He produced Keep in Touch (2015), which he also co-wrote, Babysitter (2015), Hunter Gatherer (2016), and Kicks (2016). He has adapted his short film The Climb (2019) into his feature directorial debut of the same name.
2019 Pod górkę / The Climb