The Summit, the film about the K2 mountain tragedy that claimed the life of Limerick climber Ger McDonnell, has received yet another major festival award.
The film, which is to go on general release in Ireland on November 22 and will get a release in Limerick’s Omniplex cinema, picked up the Best Feature Length Film prize at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in Canada.
The film has had major success across the Atlantic, where it has received rave reviews and has just been released.
Among the plaudits it has received was the Editing Award in World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance film festival.
Screening rights for Nick Ryan’s film were subsequently bought by US distributor Sundance Selects, a subsidiary of IFC, which is owned by American media giant AMC, the studio behind cult zombie television series The Walking Dead.
The gripping documentary film, which had its Limerick premiere in 69 O’Connell Street as part of the Elemental festival, has been picked up by Wildcard Distribution for release in cinemas around Ireland.
It tells the tragic story of events in 2008 when 11 climbers, including Kilcornan’s Ger, lost their lives on the deadly mountain. The Summit mixes real, never before seen footage of the climb and interviews with survivors, as well as reconstructed scenes to stunning effect.
Producer and director Nick Ryan said the latest award was “a great honour” and dedicated it to “all the people who helped to bring this film to the screen, especially those who shared their memories of the traumatic events of 2008”.
“We are truly excited to be bringing The Summit to the big screen in Ireland in November,” he noted, “and that audiences will be able to experience the events of the shocking 2008 climb.
“This is a compelling story and one that we felt needed to be told, especially with the story of Irishman Ger McDonnell, whose final heroic act is central to the film,” he added.
Patrick O’Neill, CEO of Wildcard Distribution, said Ryan’s film, funded in part by The Irish Film Board, RTE and the BAI, was “a unique and thrilling cinema experience, and Irish filmmaking at its finest”.