National Geographic has announced that its Oscar winning documentary Free Solo will release on 12 April, 2019 in India.
Free Solo, which won the Best Documentary at both the Oscars and the BAFTAs, will hit the theatres across key metros such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad and cities like Chandigarh on Friday.
Commenting on the planned theatrical release, Gayatri Yadav, President & Head-Consumer Strategy and Innovation, Star India, said, “With jaw dropping cinematography led by award winning directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Free Solo is an endeavour that represents the very best of National Geographic. The film is a deep and highly personal exploration of passion, drive, determination, unimaginable risk, love, and hair-raising adventure. Free Solo’s momentous global release has not only captured audience’s attention but has also set several box-office records in the US.”
“We are excited with the launch of this Oscar winning film in India. With National Geographic led outstanding cinematography, we are hopeful that it would be able to capture Indian audience’s attention and continue to break records,” she added.
The film is about an intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream to climb the face of the world’s most famous rock- the 3200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. As the climber begins his training, the armour of invincibility he has built over the decades breaks apart and Honnold begins to fall in love.
Commenting on Free Solo being watched by Indian audiences, Alex Honnold said, “When I know what I’m doing and I’m climbing well, then it feels meditative, kind of relaxing and beautiful. Jimmy and his crew did a really nice job setting up remote cameras and I was stoked that it’s going to result in some of the most remarkable footage. It’s amazing the way audiences have connected with the film and I feel extremely excited for the theatrical premiere of Free Solo in India by National Geographic. I really hope Indian audiences like it as much as the rest of the world.”
The film has been directed by award-winning filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin who also directed the Oscar-shortlisted film Meru.