GO EXTREME offers, in collaboration with the Cinemateket, the wildest climber scares that you can imagine with the double feature of the Oscar and Sundance winners Free Solo and Meru. In the films, Photographer/director Jimmy Chin zooms in on, respectively, the solo climber Alex Honnold's overcoming of the Californian El Capitan – without safety equipment! – and on the trio of Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk and Chin himself and their travel up on the uninhabited 'shark fin' on Himalayan 6600 metres tall, snow-capped Mount Meru. Climber and Yogi Esben Seir introduces the films.
Free Solo is a breathtakingly and introspective portrait of the world's perhaps best free-climber Alex Honnold up to and during his climb on one of the world's most famous cliff walls, El Capitan. The cliff wall towers 1000 metres above sea level in the Californian national Park Yosemite.
The spectacular documentary – filmed by the just as famous photographer and the mountaineer Jimmy Chin – focuses on a true EXTREME sport athlete who transcends the understanding of the physical and psychological potential of man. And who carries out his metier without ropes or other safety equipment!
However, we are not alone in regards to the physical mountain – there is also a love story, and thereby an extra mental challenge linked to the narrative: because the climber has fallen in love, and when he starts his training, the armor of invincibility he has built up for decades is unexpectedly from each other and threatens to blur his focus...
DCP, 100 min.
+ 15 years
After an unsuccessful attempt to climb the so-called 'shark fin' on Himalayan 6600 metres tall, snow-capped Mount Meru, the climbing trio Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk and photographer/instructor Jimmy Chin returns in 2011 to the infamous mountain. The fin has never been conquered before, but the three climbers are determined that now it must be – even though they are marked by damage from crashes, near-death experiences, loss of colleagues and inner demons in droves.
The documentary Meru is one of the most treasured mountaineering films, along with Chin's the other major climbing drama, the Academy Award-winning Free Solo. An document with equal parts of psychological depth and extreme thrills.
DCP, 90 min.
+ 15 years