The Alpinist

The Alpinist

The Alpinist

  • Directed by Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
  • Starring Marc-André Leclerc, Alex Honnold, Reinhold Messner, Brette Harrington
  • USA | 92mins | 2021 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 1h 32m

A breathtaking cinematic experience about Marc-André Leclerc, the most visionary solo climber of his generation.

As the sport of climbing turns from a niche pursuit to mainstream media event, Marc-André Leclerc climbs alone, far from the limelight. On remote alpine faces, the free-spirited 23-year-old makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Yet, he draws scant attention. With no cameras, no rope, and no margin for error, Marc-André’s approach is the essence of solo adventure.  

Intrigued by these quiet accomplishments, veteran filmmaker Peter Mortimer (The Dawn Wall) sets out to make a film about Marc-André. But the Canadian soloist is an elusive subject: nomadic and publicity shy, he doesn’t own a phone or car and is reluctant to let the film crew in on his pure vision of climbing.  

This is an intimate documentary of a visionary climber who follows the path of his own passion, despite the heaviest of possible consequences.