Join our mailing list! x
Music Box Films

Receive updates and news on our latest releases.

Meru

Meru

"Blindingly beautiful and meticulously assembled!" - The New York Times

Meru

About the Film

In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain's perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world's toughest climbers.

In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly devolved into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey - like all previous attempts - fell short of the goal.

Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his team to reunite and undertake the Shark's Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances.

MERU is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature's harshest elements and one's complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights.

Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin

Reactions

“The best climbing movie of the year.” - Outside Magazine

“Harrowing and ultimately moving! One of the best sports documentaries of its type in recent years. Engrossing..hair-raising...a nail-biter.” - Dennis Harvey, Variety

“High-tech, high-octane, high-fiving...a winning combination of the gruelingly practical and the luminously cosmic. Transport[s] viewers to the roof of the world.” - Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Meru is absolutely worth the climb.” - Paula Mejia, Newsweek

Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! Sundance Film Festival 2015 - Audience Award, Documentary
  • True/False Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Nashville Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Telluride Mountainfilm 2015 - Official Selection
  • Winner! Telluride Mountainfilm 2015 - Charlie Fowler Award
  • San Francisco International Film Festival - Official Selection

Cast & Crew

Featuring

Conrad Anker
Jimmy Chin
Renan Ozturk
Jon Krakauer
Jenni Lowe-Anker
Amee Hinkley
Grace Chin
Jeremy Jones

Crew

Directors: Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Producers: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Shannon Ethridge
Executive Producers: Daniel T. Reiner, Elizabeth Lauren Reiner, Jonas Tempel, Chris Wright, Loren Bough
Cinematography: Renan Ozturk, Jimmy Chin
Editor: Bob Einsenhardt
Music: J. Ralph

Technical Info

Production Year: 2015
Countries of Production: US
Languages: English
Running Time: 1h 30m
Screen Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Color: Yes
Rating: R

Theaters

Los Angeles
California
8/14/15
Boulder
Colorado
8/14/15
Minneapolis
Minnesota
8/14/15
Seattle
Washington
8/14/15
New York
New York
8/14/15
Denver
Colorado
8/14/15
Oak Park
Illinois
8/21/15
Pasadena
California
8/21/15
Encino
California
8/21/15
Fairfax
Virginia
8/21/15
Washington D.C.
Virginia
8/21/15
8/21/15
Baltimore
Maryland
8/21/15
Washington D.C.
District of Columbia
8/21/15
Westlake Village
California
8/21/15
Juneau
Alaska
8/21/15
Los Angeles
California
8/21/15
Irvine
California
8/21/15
Los Angeles
California
8/21/15
Atlanta
Georgia
8/21/15
New York City
New York
8/21/15
Hanover
New Hampshire
8/21/15
Golden
Colorado
8/21/15
Hollywood
California
8/21/15
Port Townsend
Washington
8/21/15
Los Angeles
California
8/21/15
Santa Cruz
California
8/21/15
San Diego
California
8/21/15
San Rafael
California
8/21/15
Atlanta
Georgia
8/21/15
Tacoma
Washington
8/21/15
Berkeley
California
8/21/15
San Francisco
California
8/21/15
Laguna Niguel
California
8/21/15
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
8/21/15
Campbell
California
8/21/15
Aspen
Colorado
8/27/15
Hartford
Connecticut
8/28/15
Skillman
New Jersey
8/28/15
Norwalk
Connecticut
8/28/15
White Plains
New York
8/28/15
Danvers
Massachusetts
8/28/15
Spokane
Washington
8/28/15
Bethel
Connecticut
8/28/15
8/28/15
Juneau
Alaska
8/28/15
Washington D.C.
Virginia
8/28/15
Colorado Springs
Colorado
8/28/15
Long Beach
California
8/28/15
Ogden
Utah
8/28/15
Logan
Utah
8/28/15
Palo Alto
California
8/28/15
Arlington
Virginia
8/28/15
Bensalem
Pennsylvania
8/28/15
Chapel Hill
North Carolina
8/28/15
Allentown
Pennsylvania
8/28/15
Asbury Park
New Jersey
8/28/15
Pleasant Hill
California
8/28/15
Encinitas
California
8/28/15
Santa Barbara
California
8/28/15
Ambler
Pennsylvania
8/28/15
Logan
Utah
8/28/15
Raleigh
North Carolina
8/28/15
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
8/28/15
Duluth
Minnesota
8/28/15
Doylestown
Pennsylvania
8/28/15
Sandy
Utah
8/28/15
West Newton
Massachusetts
8/28/15
Odgen
Utah
8/28/15
Sandy
Utah
8/28/15
Claremont
California
8/28/15
Redwood City
California
8/28/15
Albuquerque
New Mexico
8/28/15
Fort Worth
Texas
8/28/15
Palm Desert
California
8/28/15
Dallas
Texas
8/28/15
Pleasantville
New York
8/28/15
Lancaster
Pennsylvania
8/28/15
Palm Springs
California
8/28/15
Plano
Texas
8/28/15
Santa Fe
New Mexico
8/28/15
Cambridge
Massachusetts
8/28/15
Salt Lake City
Utah
8/28/15
Houston
Texas
8/28/15
Jackson
Wyoming
8/28/15
Bellingham
Washington
8/28/15
Boise
Idaho
8/28/15
Bozeman
Montana
8/29/15
Hudson
New York
9/3/15
Asheville
North Carolina
9/4/15
East Stroudsburg
Pennsylvania
9/4/15
Sacramento
California
9/4/15
Rehoboth Beach
Delaware
9/4/15
Holland
Michigan
9/4/15
Ashland
Oregon
9/4/15
Indianapolis
Indiana
9/4/15
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
9/4/15
Rochester
New York
9/4/15
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
9/4/15
Brooklyn
New York
9/4/15
Pittsford Plaza Cinema 9
Rochester
New York
9/4/15
Grand Rapids
Michigan
9/4/15
Stony Brook
New York
9/4/15
Forest Hills
New York
9/4/15
Austin
Texas
9/4/15
Chicago
Illinois
9/4/15
Bend
Oregon
9/4/15
Cleveland Heights
Ohio
9/4/15
Columbus
Ohio
9/4/15
Winston Salem
North Carolina
9/4/15
Mystic
Connecticut
9/4/15
Ft. Collins
Colorado
9/4/15
Ketchum
Idaho
9/4/15
Honolulu
Hawaii
9/4/15
Madison
Wisconsin
9/4/15
Portland
Oregon
9/4/15
Tigard
Oregon
9/4/15
Bozeman
Montana
9/4/15
Agoura Hills
California
9/4/15
East Hampton
New York
9/4/15
Lincolnshire
Illinois
9/4/15
Anchorage
Alaska
9/4/15
Richmond
Virginia
9/4/15
Plymouth
Massachusetts
9/4/15
Santa Rosa
California
9/4/15
Cincinnati
Ohio
9/4/15
Jacksonville
Florida
9/4/15
Scottsdale
Arizona
9/4/15
Overland Park
Kansas
9/4/15
Grand Rapids
Michigan
9/4/15
Camas
Washington
9/4/15
Charlotte
North Carolina
9/4/15
South Barrington
Illinois
9/4/15
Camarillo
California
9/4/15
Martha's Vineyard
Massachusetts
9/4/15
Knoxville
Tennessee
9/4/15
Nashville
Tennessee
9/4/15
Durango
Colorado
9/4/15
Springfield
Missouri
9/4/15
New Haven
Connecticut
9/4/15
Helena
Montana
9/4/15
Chicago
Illinois
9/4/15
Austin
Texas
9/4/15
Aspen
Colorado
9/4/15
Sebastapol
California
9/4/15
Olympia
Washington
9/5/15
Taos
New Mexico
9/6/15
Fraser
Colorado
9/11/15
Port Orchard
Washington
9/11/15
Great Barrington
Massachusetts
9/11/15
Norfolk
Virginia
9/11/15
Cheyenne
Wyoming
9/11/15
El Paso
Texas
9/11/15
Sheridan
Wyoming
9/11/15
San Diego
California
9/11/15
9/11/15
Livermore
California
9/11/15
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
9/11/15
Columbia
South Carolina
9/11/15
Boca Raton
Florida
9/11/15
Louisville
Kentucky
9/11/15
Key West
Florida
9/11/15
South Miami
Florida
9/11/15
Ann Arbor
Michigan
9/11/15
Barkhamsted
Connecticut
9/11/15
Montpelier
Vermont
9/11/15
Champaign
Illinois
9/11/15
Little Rock
Arkansas
9/11/15
San Antonio
Texas
9/11/15
Bainbridge Island
Washington
9/11/15
Orlando
Florida
9/11/15
Dayton
Ohio
9/11/15
Princeton
New Jersey
9/11/15
Waterville
Maine
9/11/15
9/11/15
Roslyn
Washington
9/11/15
Seattle
Washington
9/11/15
Amherst
Massachusetts
9/11/15
New York
New York
9/11/15
Corvallis
Oregon
9/11/15
Detroit
Michigan
9/11/15
Eugene
Oregon
9/11/15
State College
Pennsylvania
9/11/15
Aptos
California
9/11/15
Sag Harbor
New York
9/11/15
Des Moines
Iowa
9/11/15
Arcata
California
9/11/15
Missoula
Montana
9/11/15
Nevada City
California
9/11/15
Bloomington
Indiana
9/11/15
Bethlehem
Pennsylvania
9/11/15
Greensboro
North Carolina
9/11/15
St. Louis
Missouri
9/11/15
Roanoke
Virginia
9/11/15
Fairfax
Virginia
9/11/15
Wilmington
Delaware
9/11/15
Lexington
Kentucky
9/11/15
Portland
Maine
9/11/15
Miami
Florida
9/11/15
Lake Placid
New York
9/11/15
Lincoln City
Oregon
9/11/15
Meridian
Idaho
9/11/15
Friday Harbor
Washington
9/11/15
Vancouver
Washington
9/11/15
Estes Park
Colorado
9/11/15
Pacific Grove
California
9/11/15
Salem
Oregon
9/11/15
Coral Gables
Florida
9/11/15
Kirkland
Washington
9/11/15
Billings
Montana
9/11/15
Wilmette
Illinois
9/11/15
Greenbelt
Maryland
9/11/15
Grant's Pass
Oregon
9/11/15
Nantucket
Massachusetts
9/11/15
Carbondale
Colorado
9/11/15
Santa Barbara
California
9/11/15
Burlington
Vermont
9/11/15
Langley
Washington
9/15/15
Fairfield
Connecticut
9/15/15
New York
New York
9/17/15
Davis
California
9/18/15
Provo
Utah
9/18/15
Peoria
Illinois
9/18/15
Lawrence
Kansas
9/18/15
Woodstock
Vermont
9/18/15
Tahoe City
California
9/18/15
Omaha
Nebraska
9/18/15
Ithaca
New York
9/18/15
Memphis
Tennessee
9/18/15
Detroit
Michigan
9/18/15
Tucson
Arizona
9/18/15
Athens
Georgia
9/18/15
Flagstaff
Arizona
9/18/15
Sarasota
Florida
9/18/15
Lambertville
New Jersey
9/18/15
Tulsa
Oklahoma
9/18/15
Lakeside
Arizona
9/21/15
Portsmouth
New Hampshire
9/23/15
Burien
Washington
9/25/15
Sedona
Arizona
9/25/15
Jefferson City
Missouri
9/25/15
Providence
Rhode Island
9/25/15
Charleston
South Carolina
9/25/15
Casper
Wyoming
9/25/15
Winchester
Virginia
9/25/15
Hanover
New Hampshire
9/26/15
Boulder
Colorado
9/29/15
Reading
Pennsylvania
10/2/15
Tallahassee
Florida
10/2/15
Columbus
Missouri
10/2/15
10/2/15
Concord
New Hampshire
10/2/15
Muskegon
Michigan
10/2/15
Okemos
Michigan
10/2/15
Harrisburg
Pennsylvania
10/2/15
Bethlehem
New Hampshire
10/4/15
Keene
New Hampshire
10/9/15
10/9/15
Lincoln
Nebraska
10/16/15

Meru - Press Page

Hi Res Photos
For single image download (Open and Right-click to save to desktop)
Meru - 1
Meru - 2
Meru - 3
Meru - 4
Meru - 5
Meru - 6

Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! Sundance Film Festival 2015 - Audience Award, Documentary
  • True/False Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Nashville Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Telluride Mountainfilm 2015 - Official Selection
  • Winner! Telluride Mountainfilm 2015 - Charlie Fowler Award
  • San Francisco International Film Festival - Official Selection

Reactions

“The best climbing movie of the year.” - Outside Magazine

“Harrowing and ultimately moving! One of the best sports documentaries of its type in recent years. Engrossing..hair-raising...a nail-biter.” - Dennis Harvey, Variety

“High-tech, high-octane, high-fiving...a winning combination of the gruelingly practical and the luminously cosmic. Transport[s] viewers to the roof of the world.” - Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Meru is absolutely worth the climb.” - Paula Mejia, Newsweek

Related Films

Antarctica: A Year On Ice
Antarctica: A Year On Ice Anthony Powell
North Face
North Face Philipp Stolzl

Trailer

Photos

Book Now