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National Geographic Documentary Films and Greenwich Entertainment to Release "The Rescue," from "Free Solo's" Award-Winning Documentary Duo E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, in Theaters in October
The film chronicles the enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of 12 boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand.

[via press release from National Geographic Channel]


The Highly Anticipated Documentary Chronicling the Dramatic 2018 Rescue of a Thai Soccer Team Made Its World Premiere at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival's Opening Night

"An enthralling documentary, with a real-life story so spectacular you can hardly believe it." -The Wrap

"Hollywood superhero and disaster movies pale in comparison." -The Hollywood Reporter

"A rousing film that celebrates humanity at its most selfless." -Variety

(WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sept. 3, 2021): On the heels of the world premiere at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival, National Geographic Documentary Films and Greenwich Entertainment announced today that they will release THE RESCUE, the latest film from Oscar(R), BAFTA and multiple Emmy(R) Award-winning directing duo E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin exclusively in theaters in October. Vasarhelyi and Chin also produced the film, along with P.J. van Sandwijk ("American Dharma"), John Battsek ("One Day in September," "Searching for Sugar Man"), and FREE SOLO editor Bob Eisenhardt.

THE RESCUE, which critics called "heartstopping", "rousing" and "truly astonishing" following its Telluride premiere, brings alive one of the most perilous and extraordinary rescues in modern times, shining a light on the high-risk world of cave diving, the astounding courage and compassion of the rescuers, and the shared humanity of the international community that united to save the boys.

The film chronicles the enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of 12 boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand. Academy Award(R)-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin keep viewers on the edge of their seats as they use a wealth of never-before-seen material and exclusive interviews to piece together the high-stakes mission, highlight the efforts of the Royal Thai Navy SEALs and U.S. Special Forces, and detail the expert cave divers' audacious venture 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 list of Adventurers of the Year; 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; along with in-depth interviews with Australian divers Dr. Richard Harris and Craig Challen. The film brings to light the common humanity, incredible resilience and absolute morality that defines us as humans.

THE RESCUE grants viewers exclusive access into the tense meetings, conversations and timeline of events that led to the valiant rescue, seamlessly threading together the tough decisions that needed to be made as the minutes and days mounted and the boys' chance of survival was at greater stake. In the tradition of their earlier films, FREE SOLO and "Meru," Vasarhelyi and Chin document a profoundly daring physical feat, laying bare the details of the seemingly impossible rescue.

"This powerful story celebrates hope, compassion and human ingenuity when faced with impossible odds,'" said directors E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. "The way in which the divers and Thai community came together in the face of adversity truly represents humanity at its best. We are honored to once again work with National Geographic Documentary Films to shine new light on the unprecedented rescue that riveted audiences around the world."

"Master storytellers and artistic visionaries, Chai and Jimmy are the dream team to tell this edge-of-your-seat story of grit, courage and cross-cultural collaboration. We are so happy - and feel so lucky - to be working with them again," said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP of Scripted Content and Documentary Films for National Geographic.

THE RESCUE is produced by Ventureland's John Battsek ("One Day in September", "Searching For Sugar Man") and P.J. van Sandwijk ("American Dharma") of Storyteller Productions. For National Geographic Documentary Films, Carolyn Bernstein is executive producer.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin are the co-directors and co-producers of the Academy Award- and BAFTA-winning film FREE SOLO, from National Geographic Documentary Films. The film earned the highest per-screen average of any documentary during its opening weekend (Sept. 28, 2018). The award-winning documentary took home seven Emmy awards in 2019. Vasarhelyi's films, as a director, include "Meru" (Oscar shortlist 2016, Sundance Audience Award 2015), "Incorruptible" (Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award 2016), "Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love" (Oscilloscope 2009, premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals), "A Normal Life" (Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary 2003) and "Touba" (SXSW Special Jury Prize Best Cinematography 2013).

Chin is a professional climber, skier, mountaineer, 20-year member of The North Face Athlete Team and National Geographic Explorer. Consistently over the past 20 years, Chin has led or participated in cutting-edge climbing and ski mountaineering expeditions to all seven continents and made the first and only American ski descent from the summit of Mount Everest. He is also a filmmaker and National Geographic photographer. He has worked with many of the greatest explorers, adventurers and athletes of our time, documenting their exploits in the most challenging conditions and locations in the world. His 2015 documentary "Meru," co-directed by Vasarhelyi, won the Audience Award at Sundance and was nominated for Best Documentary by the DGA and PGA. "Meru" was also shortlisted for an Oscar.

National Geographic Documentary Films previously released the Academy Award, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy Award-winning film FREE SOLO and the Academy Award-nominated film THE CAVE. Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include Ron Howard's REBUILDING PARADISE; Sundance Audience Award winners SCIENCE FAIR and SEA OF SHADOWS; Emmy winners LA 92 and JANE, both of which were included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Academy Award in 2017; and Dupont Award winner HELL ON EARTH: THE FALL OF SYRIA AND THE RISE OF ISIS.

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About National Geographic Documentary Films

National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world premium, feature documentaries that cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from the very best documentary filmmakers in the world. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 133 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers ... and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Greenwich Entertainment

Founded in 2017, Greenwich Entertainment is an independent film distribution company specializing in distinctive, theatrical-quality narrative and documentary features. In 2018, Greenwich handled the record setting theatrical release of Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi's  Academy Award-Winning Documentary "Free Solo," which grossed over $17M at the North American box office. In 2019, Greenwich released two of the top documentary hits of the year with Andrew Slater's "Echo in the Canyon" ($3.4M) and Linda Ronstadt: "The Sound of My Voice" ($4.3M) from Oscar winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Recent narrative releases include Isabel Coixet's "The Bookshop" starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy and Madeleine Olnek's "Wild Nights with Emily" starring Molly Shannon. Upcoming releases include Nicholas Bruckman's "Not Going Quietly" and Ebs Burnough's "The Capote Tapes." Greenwich is led by an experienced management team that has overseen more than 150 theatrical releases generating over $100 million at the US box office and garnering 8 Academy Award Nominations and 2 Oscar Wins. www.GreenwichEntertainment.com

About Ventureland

Ventureland is an independent production company founded by John Battsek and partners Kerstin Emhoff, Ali Brown and Paul Hunter. Beginning in 1999 with Academy Award-winning "One Day in September" which he conceived and produced, Battsek has since served as producer on some of the most acclaimed documentaries in recent years. Most notable titles have included Academy and BAFTA Award-winning "Searching for Sugar Man," Academy Award nominated "Restrepo,", BAFTA winning "The Imposter," Grammy-nominee "Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars," Peabody-winning and BAFTA-nominated "Listen to Me Marlon," Academy Award nominated "Winter on Fire" and BAFTA Award-winning "Hillsborough." Together Battsek and Emhoff produced Emmy-winning "The Tillman Story" and Primetime Emmy-winning "Manhunt: The Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden." Some of Ventureland's recent work includes double Emmy Award-winning "Rising Phoenix" (Netflix), "Ready for War" (Showtime), and the critically acclaimed biopics "Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In" (Amazon, Universal Pictures) and "Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story" (CNN FILMS, AGC, THE BBC). Ventureland is also due to release "Chaplin" (Showtime, Film4, BFI) from double BAFTA nominees James Spinney & Peter Middleton which will have its World Premiere at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival. Ventureland is currently in production on films about the iconic Abbey Rd Studios directed by Mary McCartney, former world number 1 tennis player Boris Becker directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney and a five-part series for Netflix directed by BAFTA Award winner Daniel Gordon.

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