Meru

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

Meru

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

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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

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