Climb

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The Climb

Michael Angelo Covino
USA, 2019
Features, 94min, OmdU

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The Climb

Michael Angelo Covino
USA, 2019
Features, 94min, OmdU

Sun
27
Oct
23:00
Gartenbaukino
Tue
05
Nov
18:00
Gartenbaukino
Cast: 
Michael Angelo Covino
Mike
Kyle Marvin
Kyle
Gayle Rankin
Marissa
Judith Godrèche
Ava
Talia Balsam
Suzi
Eden Malyn
Bianca
Screenplay: 
Michael Angelo Covino
Kyle Marvin
Camera: 
Zach Kuperstein
Editor: 
Sara Shaw
Composer: 
Martin Mabz
Jon Natchez
Costume: 
Callan Stokes

Production: 
Topic Studios
World Sales: 
Memento Films International
Distribution in Austria: 
Thimfilm
Format: 
DCP
Color

Movies and pop songs love to counsel us that “life is a journey”. How about a bicycle ride, climbing up a steep slope? At the start of THE CLIMB, Mike tells his best friend Kyle that he has slept with the latter’s fiancée – and it won’t be the last time that this happens. As the years pass, Mike and Kyle go in different directions, sometimes (sort of) reuniting. As male pals, they are a classic odd couple: Mike is aggressive and reckless, while Kyle is passive and submissive; Mike is “toxic”, but Kyle needs to assert himself more. Spinning around them are the ordinary, inevitable problems of love, death, divorce, family and emotional connection. Combining the comical forms of Pierre Étaix, P.T. Anderson, Luc Moullet and a Mumblecore movie, Covino cleverly stages most of his film in long takes that rove from character to character and from one point in space to another – taking in both the core of a event and its periphery, not only the hysterical, key participants but also the various, bewildered observers. Frequently very funny, well acted and punctuated with several fine musical interludes, this is a buddy-story that deftly veers between cringe-inducing laughter and despair. (Adrian Martin)

On November 5th, in the presence of Michael Angelo CovinoKyle Martin and Emily Korteweg.

Michael Angelo Covino: ONE NIGHT STAND (2007, K), THE LIBERATION OF TEDDY WENDIN (2008, K), SURPRISE SURPRISE (2010, K), THE CLIMB (2018, K)