A movie about the 1996 Everest climbing disaster that claimed the life of Kiwi Rob Hall and seven others will open the prestigious Venice International Film Festival.
Everest tells the story of two simultaneous expeditions to summit Mt Everest, which ended in disaster when the groups were caught in a blizzard on May 11th 1996.
New Zealander Rob Hall led one of the ill-fated groups, and is portrayed in the film by Australian Jason Clarke. British actress Keira Knightley plays his wife Jan Arnold, who was pregnant at the time her husband died.
Jake Gyllenhaal co-stars as Scott Fischer, who led the second expedition, while Martin Henderson plays Andrew Harris, the other New Zealander who perished on the mountain.
The 72nd Venice Film Festival begins on September 2nd
The film was shot on location in Nepal and in the Italian Alps. It will be released in the United States in IMAX theaters in 3D on Sept. 18 before wider release on Sept. 25.
Everest opens world-wide September 2015.