The Eight Mountains

The past lies in the valleys, the future is on the mountain tops. A film based on Paolo Cognetti's bes­tselling novel about the value of friendship.

Le otto montagne
Italy, Belgium, France 2022
  • Czech
147 min.
  • This film is available until 14. 6. 2032 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Bruno hails from a remote Alpine village; Pietro is a son of the city. Despite their different backgrounds, the two men are bound by a strong friendship, which begins in childhood but is fully developed in adulthood. Whether on their own or together, they both seek answers to life in the silent embrace of the majestic mountains. Paolo Cognetti’s novel about searching for the meaning of life and the value of friendship has been brought to the big screen by Felix van Groeningen and his partner Charlotte Vandermeersch. The main roles are played by two leading Italian actors Luca Marinelli and Alessandro Borghi. An intimate story set amidst the spectacular panoramas of the Alps and Nepal, Eight Mountains took home the Jury Prize in the main competition at the Cannes festival.

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Director: Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch
Based on: Paolo Cognetti
Screenplay: Charlotte Vandermeersch, Felix van Groeningen
Cinematography: Ruben Impens
Music: Daniel Norgren
Sound: Andrea Caretti, Alessandro Feletti, Alessandro Palmerini
Editing: Nico Leunen
Production Design: Massimiliano Nocente
Producer: Hans Everaert, Lorenzo Gangarossa, Mario Gianani, Louis Tisné
Costumes: Francesca Brunori
Cast: Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Filippo Timi, Elena Lietti, Lupo Barbiero, Cristiano Sassella

Cannes Film Festival

2022 – Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch (Jury Prize)

  • This film is available until 14. 6. 2032 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.