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Audience Award ~ Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Nominee
Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
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Harrowing and ultimately moving. One of the best sports documentaries of its type in recent years. Engrossing..hair-raising...a nail-biter.
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Meru

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 ordeal 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.

Played at

Playhouse 7, 1.02.16 - 1.03.16
Royal, 1.02.16 - 1.03.16
Claremont 5, 8.28.15 - 9.11.15
Town Center 5, 8.21.15 - 9.03.15
NoHo 7, 8.21.15 - 8.30.15
Rated R
Runtime: 90 min
Language: English

Awards:
  • Winner, Audience Award ~ Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
  • Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
MERU will open your eyes, and more than once. Not just visually, as you might expect from a documentary on the obsessive quest to be the first to climb the most impossible peak in the Himalayas, but psychologically as well. Each of the three men intent on climbing the Shark's Fin, th...