Get ready for REEL ROCK!
Get rreeaaddy for REEL ROCK! In November, REEL ROCK 13 is back in Budapest with a brand new collection of the year’s best climbing films, delivering jaw-dropping action, soulful journeys and rollicking humor. Featuring alpine legends, amazing adventurers and climbing icons, prepare to be transported through the big screen on a wild ride from the frigid Antarctic to the bedouin canyonlands of the Middle East.
If you’ve ever visited Yosemite National Park, and you know even the rudiments of rock climbing, you might not be shocked by the scenes of transcendent beauty that fill the screen during “The Dawn Wall.” The new documentary – which will be showed after the Reel Rock 13 films in Budapest – tells the story of a 19-day climb up El Capitan on a route previously thought to be unclimbable, and it’s every bit as lavish as you’d expect from talented filmmakers zeroed in on one of the world’s most dramatic walls.
Films on tour:
AGE OF ONDRA
Every so often an athlete comes along who redefines their sport. Adam Ondra, the 25-year-old Czech crusher, is exploring a new realm of human potential in climbing. Late last year, he established a benchmark for the sport; a 5.15d in Norway he dubbed Silence (as in, drop the mic). On the heels of this ascent, we follow Adam from his home in the Czech Republic, across Europe to North America, as he innovates new training methods, establishes upper echelon first ascents, and attempts to be the first person to send 5.15 on the first try. Age of Ondra is a rare, intimate journey with one of the greatest athletes at the peak of his powers.
Featuring: Adam Ondra
UP TO SPEED
When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, it was a monumental occasion for the sport. But many climbers were shocked to learn that one of three combined events required to compete for a medal is… speed climbing. REEL ROCK correspondent Zachary Barr looks into this little-known and seldom practiced sub-discipline of the sport, and the role it will play in shaping climbing’s future. Barr’s journey from the U.S. to France (the birthplace of modern speed climbing) to South Asia (it’s actually huge there) culminates at an international competition in Moscow, where speed demons race up a 15-meter wall in less than six seconds.
Featuring: Claire Buhrfeind, Reza Alipour, John Brosler, Margo Hayes, Max Hammer, Stanislav Kokorin
QUEEN MAUD LAND
A dream team of six elite climbers mount an expedition to one of the world’s last great climbing frontiers: the remote frozen towers of Antarctica. Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker tackle a new route on the 3,600-foot Ulvetanna; Savannah Cummins and Anna Pfaff summit the towering Holtanna; and Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright make a harrowing and hilarious blitz of 13 different spires spread across the ice field, including one pitch that Honnold calls “the scariest I have ever led.” Queen Maud Land — the name of this icy region — showcases a stunning, rarely visited wilderness, and the suffering and vision needed to climb at the bottom of the world.
Featuring: Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Savannah Cummins, Alex Honnold, Anna Pfaff, Cedar Wright
VALLEY OF THE MOON
Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon, is a vast landscape of sandstone walls in the desert of Jordan. Hoping to lure international climbers, two Israelis team up with a local Bedouin guide to establish an 1,800-foot route, eventually recruiting American climber Madaleine Sorkin to help achieve their dream. Valley of the Moon explores the importance of climbing as a way to cross cultural barriers, build friendship and chase adventure in one of the most breathtaking regions on earth.
Featuring: Madaleine Sorkin, Eliav Nissan, Mohammad Hussein, Elad Omer
100 min I 2018 I USA
English with Hungarian subtitle
THE DAWN WALL
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s groundbreaking ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall now gives rise to a documentary film that exposes a breathtaking drama.
If you’ve ever visited Yosemite National Park, and you know even the rudiments of rock climbing, you might not be shocked by the scenes of transcendent beauty that fill the screen during “The Dawn Wall.” The new documentary tells the story of a 19-day climb up El Capitan on a route previously thought to be unclimbable, and it’s every bit as lavish as you’d expect from talented filmmakers zeroed in on one of the world’s most dramatic walls. El Cap — the face of Yosemite, both metaphorically and literally — looms vast and impassive in flaxen morning light.
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson cling to slivers of granite so infinitesimal the climbers seem to will them out of the wall. Cameras swoop over gut-churning heights.
What comes as a huge surprise, though — and represents an impressive feat by the filmmakers — is that the movie’s most affecting scene takes place in a setting that isn’t epic or panoramic: inside a cramped shelter, with steam pouring from a camping stove into the face of a tired climber.
100 min I 2018 I USA
Filmmakers: Sender Films, Red Bull Media House
English with Hungarian subtitle
Screenings: 15-16/ November/ 2018.
Venue: Corvin Cinema, Corvin köz 1., Budapest 1082