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The Summit in Irish cinemas now

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Award-winning documentary film The Summit

Detailing the deadliest day in modern mountain-climbing history, The Summit opened in Irish cinemas last Friday, November 22nd.

This gripping film had a packed screening in the Cork Opera House last week as part of the Cork Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation from over 800 guests. It won the World Cinema Documentary Prize for Editing at the prestigious Sundance Festival earlier this year, and has gleaned ecstatic reviews from the world press:

“A heart-throbbing cliffhanger” (Hollywood Reporter)

“A pulse-pounding success” (The New York Times)

“Irresistible” (Los Angeles Times)

“A physical evocation of the fear and euphoria experienced by these brave men and women who thrive on the impossible” (Variety)

Coming down after conquering a mountain is considered the hardest and deadliest part of an expedition, when climbers can become careless due to exhaustion and elation from the conquest. The Summit uses never-before-seen footage and interviews to chronicle the day in August 2008 when eleven climbers, including Irishman Ger McDonnell, died or vanished on K2.

The Summit was produced by Image Now / Pat Falvey Productions in association with Passion Pictures, Diamond Docs and Fantastic Films, and was funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, RTÉ, BAI and BBC. It is being distributed by Wildcard Distribution.

Head on over to Film Ireland to check out an interview with the film’s director, Nick Ryan.

Watch the trailer here.

List of cinemas:

Light House
IMC Dun Laoghaire
IMC Santry

Gaiety Sligo
The Eye Galway
IMC Galway
Omniplex Limerick
Omniplex Tralee
Omniplex Cork
Gaiety Arklow
IMC Athlone