Free Solo

Free Solo

United States, 2018, 100 min, Colour

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, the directors of “MERU,” comes FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock ... the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park … without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge places his story in the annals of human achievement.



Elizabeth Chai VasarhelyiJimmy Chin


Evan HayesShannon Dill


Jimmy Chin,Clair PopkinMikey Schaefer


Bob Eisenhardt


Filipe Messeder


Award-winning filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is the director and producer of FREE SOLO, from National Geographic Documentary Films. Co-directed with Jimmy Chin, the film offers an intimate, unflinching portrait of rock climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares for and then achieves his lifelong dream: to climb the face of the world’s most famous rock … without a rope. Jimmy Chin is a professional climber, skier, mountaineer, 18-year member of The North Face Athlete Team and National Geographic Explorer. As the director, producer and cinematographer of the National Geographic Documentary Film FREE SOLO, which he co-directed with Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Chin captured rock climber Alex Honnold’s nail-biting free solo ascent of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan.


United States, 2019, Academy Awards, Best Documentary Feature

Academy Awards, United States 2019 - Best Documentary Feature

United Kingdom, 2019, BAFTA Awards, Best Documentary

BAFTA Awards, United Kingdom 2019 - Best Documentary

United States, 2019, Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US, Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize

Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US, United States 2019 - Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize

Canada, 2018, Toronto International Film Festival , People's Choice Award

Toronto International Film Festival , Canada 2018 - People's Choice Award

Netherlands, 2018, IDFA,

IDFA, Netherlands 2018 -


National Geographic
Kathryn Kennedy