National Geographic Documentary Films is about to be released The rescue, a long-awaited chronicle of the dramatic rescue in 2018 of a time of Thai football that debuted on the opening night of the Tulluride Film Festival in 2021.
What is happening:
- On the heels of the world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival 2021, National Geographic Documentary Films and Greenwich Entertainment today announced the release The rescue, the latest Oscar, BAFTA, and Emmy-winning director duo E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin exclusively in theaters in October. Vasarhelyi and Chin also produced the film, with PJ van Sandwijk (American Dharma), John Battsek (One day in September, looking for Sugar Man), and Free solo editor-in-chief Bob Eisenhardt.
- The rescue, which critics have called “heart-breaking”, “exciting” and “truly amazing” after its premiere in Telluride, brings to life one of the most perilous and extraordinary rescues of modern times, shining a light on the world at the high risk of cave diving, the incredible courage and compassion of the rescuers, and the shared humanity of the international community who came together to save the boys.
- The film tells the exciting, and unexpectedly, story that turned the world upside down in 2018: the daring rescue of 12 boys and their trainer from the depths of a flooded cave in northern Thailand. Oscar-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin keep viewers on the edge of their seats as they use a host of never-before-seen material and exclusive interviews to piece together the high-stakes mission, highlight the efforts Royal Thai Navy SEALs and US Special Forces, and details the daring adventure of expert cave divers to save the boys.
- The film features interviews with critical rescue and support teams, including British cave divers Richard Stanton and John Volanthen, named to National Geographic’s 2019 Adventurer of the Year list; Colonel Bhak Loharjun, the chief medical officer of the Royal Thai Army; Thanet Natisri, a groundwater expert based in Thailand at the time of the rescue; additional cave divers Chris Jewell, Jason Malison, Connor Roe, Josh Bratchley and Jim Warny; as well as in-depth interviews with Australian divers Dr Richard Harris and Craig Challen. The film highlights the common humanity, incredible resilience and absolute morality that define us as humans.
- The rescue grants viewers exclusive access to the tense meetings, conversations and timeline of events that led up to the valiant rescue, seamlessly chaining the tough decisions that needed to be made as the minutes and days climbed and that the boys’ chances of survival were at stake. In the tradition of their previous films, Free solo and Grouper, Vasarhelyi and Chin document a deeply daring physical feat, laying bare the details of the seemingly impossible rescue.
- Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin are the co-directors and co-producers of the Oscar-winning and BAFTA-winning film Free solo, from National Geographic Documentary Films. The film achieved the highest screen average of any documentary during its opening weekend on September 28, 2018. The award-winning documentary won seven Emmy Awards in 2019. The films of Vasarhelyi, as director, include Meru (list of Oscars 2016, Sundance Audience Award 2015), Incorruptible (Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award 2016), Youssou N’Dour: I bring what I like (Oscilloscope 2009, premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Festivals), A normal life (Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary 2003) and Touba (Special Jury Prize SXSW Best Cinematography 2013).
- Chin is a professional climber, skier, mountaineer, 20-year member of The North Face and National Geographic Explorer athletic team. For the past 20 years, Chin has led or participated in advanced climbing and ski mountaineering expeditions to all seven continents and has made the first and only American ski descent from the summit of Mount Everest. He is also a National Geographic filmmaker and photographer. He has worked with many of the greatest explorers, adventurers and athletes of our time, documenting their exploits in the world’s most difficult conditions and places. His 2015 documentary Meru, co-directed by Vasarhelyi, won the Audience Award at Sundance and was nominated for Best Documentary by DGA and PGA. Meru was also selected for an Oscar.
- National Geographic Documentary Films has previously released the film Academy Award, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy Award Free solo and the Oscar nominated film The cave. Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include Ron Howard Rebuild paradise; Sundance Audience Award Winners Science fair and Sea of Shadows; Emmy Winners LA 92 and Jeanne, which were both included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Oscar in 2017; and winner of the Dupont Prize Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of the Islamic State.
Whto They say:
- Directors E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin: “This powerful story celebrates hope, compassion and human ingenuity in the face of impossible obstacles. The way divers and the Thai community have come together in the face of adversity truly represents humanity at its best. We are honored to be working again with National Geographic Documentary Films to shed new light on the unprecedented rescue that captivated audiences around the world. “
- Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president of scripted content and documentaries for National Geographic: “Master storytellers and artistic visionaries, Chai and Jimmy are the dream team to tell this story of guts, courage and intercultural collaboration. We are so happy – and we feel so lucky – to be working with them again. “