Sundance award for K2 documentary The Summit

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

AN Irish documentary telling the tragic tale of Ger McDonnell’s death on K2 has won a top award at the Sundance Film Festival in America.

AN Irish documentary telling the tragic tale of Ger McDonnell’s death on K2 has won a top award at the Sundance Film Festival in America.

The Summit won the Editing Award in the World Cinema Documentary on Saturday night at the festival, which was started by Robert Redford and is among the most prestigious in the world.

Nick Ryan’s film was edited Ben Stark and was announced as the winner in this category at a ceremony in Park City, Utah in the early hours of Sunday morning Irish time.

While the documentary missed out on the main Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Cinema, the editing award still represents a major coup for the film, which was also picked up for major US distribition at the festival.

“This is a great honour for Ben and I would like to thank the jury and the organisers of the Sundance Film Festival for this accolade,” said producer and director Ryan.

The Summit, which details the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history, will be screened at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival at the Savoy Cinema on February 24 and is expected to go on general release in Ireland some time later this year.