Andy Irons: Kissed by God

Andy Irons: Kissed by God

  • USA
  • 100
  • 14A
  • Steve Jones
  • Todd Jones

Gorgeous, outrageously talented and a world champion, surfing phenom Andy Irons was living the all-American dream on Hawaii’s golden coasts. But while chasing perfect pipe atop jaw-dropping waves, he raced against far darker demons on shore. Master sports filmmakers share the tragic story of a peak athlete lost in the troubled waters of mental illness and substance abuse. Home movies reveal the rivalry between the star and his brother, pro surfer Bruce, their fierce bond and early signs of trouble. Diagnosed as bipolar, the invincible youngster thought he could control his health and his meteoric career all on his own. Sublime water photography reveals his staggering feats of athleticism, but it’s the emotionally raw interviews with his competitors and staunch fans, and poignant archives of Andy speaking for himself, that power this intensely stirring look at a champion locked in an unwinnable battle. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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