K2 is commonly known as the “Savage Mountain” and with good reason. THE SUMMIT tells a frightening story of K2 earning its name – in August 2008 when 22 climbers from several international expeditions converged on the High Camp. 48 hours later, 11 were killed or simply vanished into thin air. Like a horror movie come to life, it was as if the mountain began stealing lives, one climber at a time.
The recipient of the Sundance 2013 Editing Award and the World Cinema Documentary Film Editing Award, as well as a Grand Jury Prize nominee, THE SUMMIT is a seamless pastiche of the climbers’ firsthand footage and after-the-fact interviews and reenactments. It plays like an involving narrative film as it focuses on the mystery behind one extraordinary man, Ger McDonnell, who was left behind in the death zone as his best friend searched in vain to find him, rescuing several others. As the legend surrounding McDonnell and the 10 others grows, fearless new climbers are drawn to test themselves against the deadliest mountain on Earth. THE SUMMIT opens in North America on October 4th.