Sony Pictures Classics Sets New Release Date For Michael Covino’s The Climb

Film Will Be Released In Theaters October 9

NEW YORK (July 20, 2020) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will now release Michael Covino’s THE CLIMB in New York and Los Angeles theaters on October 9, 2020, with additional cities to follow.  Written by Covino and Kyle Marvin, THE CLIMB stars Covino, Marvin, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt and Judith Godrèche.  The film was original slated for a March 20th release but was postponed due to COVID-19 Stay-At-Home orders.

Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond—until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancée. THE CLIMB is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships.

The film premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where Covino was the winner of the Un Certain Regard - Jury Coup de Coeur prize.  THE CLIMB went on to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival.  The film’s screening and Q&A at Sundance was simulcast live across ten cinemas across the U.S., in an innovative partnership with the Sundance Institute and Trafalgar Releasing​.

Topic Studios (Leave No Trace, Spotlight) produced and financed the film. Producers are Noah Lang, Michael Covino and Kyle Marvin. Executive Producers are Michael Bloom, Ryan Heller Adam Pincus and Gilda Moratti. 

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Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992—which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world.  Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 39 Academy Awards® (35 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 175 Academy Award® nominations (149 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, AND CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.   

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