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Man on Wire

August 7, 1974. A young French man named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

Multiple award winner and winner of the Oscar for best best documentary, Man on Wire tells the astonishing story of a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit, who stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York's twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. This beautifully shot film takes us on a wild exploration of the man behind this staggering feat - with the climax at 7:15 AM, when Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan.

‘It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.’ Washington Post

‘The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax.’ Sight and Sound

‘Reminds us that dreams can come true and men can fly, through the heights of the imagination and the triumph of the human spirit - this a film for all those who ever dared to dream.’ From the Front Row

‘In this exhilarating, palm-moistening documentary by British filmmaker James Marsh (Wisconsin Death Trip), the twin towers are back to celebrate one of their finest moments.’ Film.com

Awards:

Academy Awards, USA 2009
Winner of an Oscar for best documentary, Features

BAFTA Awards 2009
Winner of the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film

AARP Movies for Grownups Awards 2009
Winner Movies for Grownups Award

Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2008
Winner of Best Edited Documentary

Austin Film Critics Association 2008
Winner of Best Documentary

British Independent Film Awards 2008
Winner British Independent Film Award for Best British Documentary

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2009
Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary

International Documentary Association 2008
Winner of the IDA Award for best Feature Documentary

Sundance Film Festival 2008
Winner of the Audience Award for best in World Cinema - Documentary

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