Valhalla – Film Review by Dave Barnes September 2020


VALHALLA is the latest climbing film to be distributed by Adventure Entertainment.  The film follows a climbing party that attempts a route of the same name.  It is a remarkable film carefully crafting the story of a father and son climbing team that weaves its way across the longest and hardest roof to date in an exotic location in Getu, China. 

The key climber is Edu Marin. Edu was raised in a climbing family with his father, Francisco, who has passed on his skills and interests to his son. This is the beginning of the journey with a clever narration mixed with cuts from the metamorphosis of Edu from a world-class plastic puller to a wild range rock climber. The narration and stunning vision assist the audience to understand this transformation as well as this unique climbing partnership.


The son values his father not just as a climbing companion or a belayer, he wants to share the rope with him as his mentor and friend. It is delightful to witness visual stories that go beyond the send to examine and observe the powerful relationships that climbing can create as well as transform. The apex of this occurs on their expedition to China with their attempt to equip and complete a 380-meter roof across a remarkable arch from one side to the other. For folks who put up routes, the gear they acquire to accomplish the task is enough to have you frothing alone. My imagination was stretched and breached as I watched Edu and Francisco take on the climb of their lives as well as the accompanying drama that such a goal brings upon those crazy enough to try. 

VALHALLA is visually stunning, the story has heart and shares the depth of a special climbing partnership confronting a savage and unrelenting landscape. The film is full of epic climbing and is a tribute to those who were tasked with tying these diverse subjects together.  
  
Adventure Entertainment is pleased to announce that it will be releasing VALHALLA for a 48-hour Online Premiere at 7pm on 3 October 2020 on www.adventureplus.com

Cinema screenings are being planned for later in the year. Watch the trailer here.

Called Valhalla, the 380m route first climbs up, then diagonally through, the huge Grand Arch at Getu in China and was first ascended with the help of Edu’s father Francisco “Novato”
and his brother Álex.

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