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 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.
PG-13, 93 min.
"Hero? Daredevil? Risk taker extraordinaire? All those, and more. THE ALPINIST is a penetrating ride up the side of sheer madness, yet a celebration of one man's individualism." - Film International
"Somehow, every time he's on screen, either on the ground on in the sky, all that melts away in awe of the vertiginous sorcery before us, until, in moments of deeply-felt emotion, we are reminded that Leclerc is as human and vulnerable as the rest of us." - CineVue
"Pack some motion sickness tablets and experience it on the biggest possible screen." - Time Out