Movies that will take you to the mountains

2018-11-07 07:00
Alex Honnold

Cape Town - How far will people go to find adventure? How far are they willing to push their limits? How much breathtaking beauty is out there?

An epic Climbing Movie Festival brings four gripping true-life adventures to the big screen for real-life and couch-bound adventurers to enjoy this week.

The festival, which runs from Thursday to Friday at Cavendish Square in Cape Town and Sandton City in Johannesburg, hosts the South African premiere for all four films, and it happens to be the world premiere in English of the explorer extraordinaire Reinhold Messners’ directional debut Drama on Mt Kenya

The jewel in the festival crown is the National Geographic masterpiece Free Solo, following  Alex Honnold's climb up the 900m of El Capitan. This nearly unbelievable climb is considered by some as the greatest athletic feat of all time, and the documentary is already raking in the awards.

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This multiple award-winning documentary follows American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson as they attempt to climb the Dawn Wall, a more than 900 m rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks in January 2015, igniting a frenzy of global media attention as they attempted the seemingly impossible. 


Based on a true story, Reinhold Messners’ directional debut recounts an extraordinary rescue. In September 1970, two Austrian medical students, Gert and Oswald travelled to Kenya on a quest to climb Mount Kenya. Disaster struck when Gert was seriously injured in a fall during their descent, resulting in one of the most compelling high-altitude rescues in mountaineering history.


A stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold by award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin. This National Geographic Documentary Film follows Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock, the 900m El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – without a rope.  



Reel Rock 13 delivers jaw-dropping action, soulful journeys and rollicking humour in a brand-new collection dedicated to this obsession. Four new films explore the cutting edge of climbing from Olympic speed climbing to remarkable solo efforts, also introducing some of the world’s best athletes and spanning various extreme environments, from arid desert to the frozen landscape of Antarctica. 

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