Sundance Film Festival Awards
International Presenters and Irish audiences will have a further opportunity to view the two Sundance Film Festival award winning films, The Summit and Irish Folk Furniture at the upcoming Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Culture Ireland is proud to have supported both films. Tony Donoghue’s Irish Folk Furniture won best short animation at the Sundance Film Festival and The Summit won the Editing Award in the World Cinema Documentary.
In Ireland, old hand-painted furniture is often associated with hard times, with poverty, and with a time many would rather forget. In Irish Folk Furniture, 16 pieces of traditional folk furniture are repaired and returned home.
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On 1 August 2008, climbers from seven international expeditions set out to conquer the summit of K2, considered by many to be the greatest challenge in the climbing world. Though the weather conditions were perfect, what followed was the greatest disaster in the history of attempts on K2. Of the twenty-four climbers who set out, only thirteen survived.
Among the climbers was Ger McDonnell from Kilcornan, Co. Limerick, a larger than life figure who became the first Irishman to reach the summit. But the descent from K2 is even more treacherous than the climb, and as darkness fell and ice-falls cut the ropes on which the climbers depended, the mountain’s deadly nature revealed itself.
In the days that followed, conflicting accounts of the tragedy began to emerge, and central to the mystery was the question of what happened to Ger. Through interviews with the survivors, footage taken during the climb, and breathtaking reconstructions, Nick Ryan’s film tells the story of the disaster: a story of obsession, heroism, carelessness and sheer bad luck. The Summit is the most gripping climbing documentary since Touching the Void and a moving tribute to the climbers who lost their lives.