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Pietro, a city boy, and Bruno, raised in the Alps, meet as 11-year-olds one summer in Grana—a forgotten mountain village in northwestern Italy. Their friendship grows through subsequent summer visits, introducing them to love and loss, reminding them of their origins, letting their destinies unfold.
Adapting Paolo Cognetti’s prize-winning 2016 novel, directors Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch craft an exquisite, rapturous epic of camaraderie and the physical spaces that define a relationship. Van Groeningen’s longtime cinematographer, Ruben Impens, imparts breathtaking, meticulously composed visuals to this deeply affecting epic of harmony and friction with the natural world. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
Italy subtitled 147 minute
What sets The Eight Mountains apart is the degree to which it strips away so much pretense and artifice, leaving nothing but a strong central question: What makes and prevents people from meaningfully connecting? – The Wrap
This film has mystery and passion, it climbs mountainous heights and rewards you with the opposite of vertigo: a sort of exaltation. – The Guardian
Memorable … Intoxicating … You are plunged into the region’s splendors and mysteries, its enigmatically abandoned corners and dramatic, seemingly limitless vistas. CRITIC’S PICK! – The New York Times