About

Upon winning the Coup de Coeur prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, The Climb went on to delight audiences in Telluride and Toronto.

Kyle is getting married. In France. To a French girl. He and his best friend (and best man), Mike, embark on a bike ride, traversing a twisting road in the South of France. Physically unable to keep the ascending pace, Kyle is a sweaty mess. More experienced cyclist Mike encourages his pal until, out of nowhere, he reveals that he slept with Kyle’s fiancée.

Shot in one long take, the confession and resulting exchange are akin to the ups and downs of the mountainous road—invigorating and painful at the same time. Throughout The Climb, their damaged bond is chronicled in course-altering segments as they navigate the ins and outs of a codependent male relationship. Based on the short film of the same name (2018 Sundance Film Festival), director Michael Angelo Covino and co-writer Kyle Marvin utilize ingeniously self-aware dialogue to detail the chaos of fractured friendships and family life.

Closed captioning and audio description are available for this film.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY Spotlight

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 98 min

LANGUAGE English and French

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Sony Pictures Classics

WEBSITE http://www.sonyclassics.com

EMAIL jason_brenner@spe.sony.com

Credits

Director
Screenwriters
Produced by
Executive Producers
Co-Executive Producer
Director of Photography
Editor
Costume Designer
Original Score
Casting
Music Supervisor
actor

Artist Bio

Michael Angelo Covino

Michael Angelo Covino is a filmmaker and actor from New York. He produced Hunter Gatherer (Special Jury Prize winner, SXSW Film Festival; John Cassavetes Award nominee); Kicks (Tribeca Film Festival); Keep in Touch, which he co-wrote and acted in; and Babysitter (2015 SXSW Film Festival). In 2016 he was named to Moviemaker Magazine’s “25 screenwriters to watch” list. The Climb is his feature directorial debut, based on his short from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.