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Sundance Selects Picks Up Climbing Doc ‘The Summit’

Sundance Selects Picks Up Climbing Doc 'The Summit'

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Nick Ryan’s documentary “The Summit,” which world premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house and rousing applause. Our review is here.

The film explores what happened when 24 climbers ascended to the top of K2, widely considered the most dangerous mountain on Earth, and only 13 returned. One out of four K2 climbers expires on the way down from the summit. Go-to writer Mark Monroe (“The Tillman Story,” “The Cove,” “Chasing Ice”) also wrote Sundance titles “Sound City” and “Who is Dayani Cristal?” and Andrea Arnold’s cinematographer Robbie Ryan (“Fish Tank” and “Wuthering Heights”) delivers gorgeous digital photography. The film mixes CG reenactments of what happened –shot on a soundstage with actors as well as surviving climbers –with archive footage (and audio) and interviews.

A sister division of IFC Films, Sundance Selects picked up “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” and Oscar-nominated “How to Survive a Plague” at the 2012 festival.

Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun repped the filmmakers in the sale.

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