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Free Solo

2018, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, USA, 100 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 14th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 14th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 15th 5:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 15th 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec 16th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 17th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 18th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 20th 8:00pm

“Truly dazzling…deserving of the largest screen in your vicinity.”--Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"The fraught, taut action movie of the year."--Ray Pride, Newcity

A thriller like no other, this edge-of-your-seat documentary follows rock-climber Alex Honnold’s quest to scale El Capitan, Yosemite National Park’s 3,200-foot sheer granite cliff face, without ropes, cleats, or gear of any kind. Filmmakers Vasarhelyi and Chin (MERU) and their camera crew of professional rock-climbers are in considerable danger themselves, staking out vantage points up the awe-inspiring heights of El Cap, as the mountain is affectionately known, to chronicle their subject’s arduous pursuit of his dream. The real worry that they will ultimately record his accidental death hangs in the air through days and weeks of breathtaking practice sessions as Honnold plots a course. What drives this single-minded 30-year-old loner, who lives for climbing and is seemingly incapable of fear, is the film’s fascinating subtext, as Honnold makes tentative steps to maintain a relationship with a woman, impatiently recovers from injuries, and has his brain scanned for genetic abnormalities. Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival. DCP digital. (BS)

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