USA cinema deal for K2 film about Ger McDonnell

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE Irish film about the tragic fate of Limerick climber Ger McDonnell has been snapped up by a major American distributor to be shown in cinemas around the country.

THE Irish film about the tragic fate of Limerick climber Ger McDonnell has been snapped up by a major American distributor to be shown in cinemas around the country.

The Summit - an Image Now Films and Pat Falvey Productions production that details the deadliest day in modern climbing history in 2008 - is currently showing at the Sundance Film Festival, where it has been nominated for the documentary award.

Screening rights for Nick Ryan’s film were bought by US distributor Sundance Selects, a subsidiary of IFC, which is owned by American media giant AMC, the studio behind tv series The Walking Dead.

The film details Kilcornan climber Ger McDonnell’s fateful last days on K2 after becoming the first Irishman to summit the mountain. He was later killed on his descent after attempting to save three trapped climbers.

IFC previously produced the award winning Touching The Void, a startling 2003 mountain climbing documentary and producer and director Nick Ryan said the match-up with the distributor was “perfect”.

“Sundance Selects are the perfect partners and home for our film, I am genuinely happy to be a part of the IFC family,” he said.

Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, lauded The Summit as “a thrilling, beautiful documentary”.

The winner of the Sundance award will be announced on Sunday.