Michael Covino’s The Climb, which had an original release date in March, will premiere in Los Angeles and New York theaters on October 9, 2020, with additional cities to follow. Written by Covino and Kyle Marvin, The Climb stars Covino, Marvin, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt, and Judith Godrèche.
In a conversation with Indiewire after the film’s delayed theatrical release due to the coronavirus pandemic, Covino and Marvin stressed how important it was to the success of their first feature film.
For the spread and the reach of the film in the immediate future, it’s critical for us. We really want a theatrical opening and feel it’s important that independent comedies do well in theaters. Whether or not that happens, I want to support that possibility.Kyle Marvin
Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond—until Mike sleeps with Kyle’s fiancée. THE CLIMB is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak, and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane, and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships.
The film premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where Covino was the winner of the Un Certain Regard – Jury Coup de Coeur prize. The Climb went on to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival. The film’s screening and Q&A at Sundance was simulcast live across ten cinemas across the U.S., in an innovative partnership with the Sundance Institute and Trafalgar Releasing.