Jimmy Chin‘s feature-length documentary Meru, which won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival this past January (and has been met with praise from the press), will be hitting theaters across America in August, and we just can’t wait.
The movie—codirected by Jimmy’s wife, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, whose directing credits include Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love—tells of Jimmy and fellow mountaineers Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk‘s quest to reach the top of Meru Central in the Himalayas by way of a 1,500-foot slice of granite known as the Shark’s Fin.
“It’s a 90-minute explanation of why he and his friends risk so much, and it succeeds not because the climbing is crazy—though it is—but because it’s a well-told coming of age for three mountain-obsessed men who refuse to give up on their dream despite the demands of adulthood,” writes Outside magazine in a feature on Meru published in the July issue. “Rather than try to boil down the feeling into something pithy, the film is an incremental meditation.”
Notes Jimmy, “I finally said what I’ve been trying to say for so long.”
Learn more about Meru, see stills from the movie, and watch the official trailer at merufilm.com.