Directed by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen, The Alpinist, the documentary on Canadian solo rock climber Marc-André Leclerc opens in U.S. theaters on September 10th, 2021, with a one-night-only Fathom events premiere on September 7.
Marc-André Leclerc climbs alone, far from the limelight. On remote alpine faces, the free-spirited 23-year-old Canadian makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Yet, he draws scant attention. With no cameras, no rope, and no margin for error, Leclerc’s approach is the essence of solo adventure. Nomadic and publicity shy, he doesn’t own a phone or car, and is reluctant to let a film crew in on his pure vision of climbing. Veteran filmmaker Peter Mortimer (The Dawn Wall) sets out to make a film about Leclerc but struggles to keep up with his elusive subject. Then, Leclerc embarks on a historic adventure in Patagonia that will redefine what is possible in solo climbing.
Featuring in The Alpinist, an official selection of 2020 Telluride and SXSW film festivals, are Marc-André Leclerc, Brette Harrington, Alex Honnold, Reinhold Messner, Barry Blanchard. Cinematography by Jonathan Griffith, Austin Siadak, Brett Lowell.
Watch the official trailer for The Alpinist.