The friendship between city boy Pietro and mountain loving Bruno is put under strain by family and expectations. Years later, Pietro discovers that their lives haven’t been as separated as he imagined. The Eight Mountains manages to capture the majesty and melancholy of nature, and the glorious banality of the lives that pass through it.
Language: Italian, subtitles: English
Pietro and Bruno become friends during a summer holiday in the Alps, but their lives take very different turns. While Pietro wanders the planet searching for happiness, Bruno remains faithful to his mountain. The two live very different lives, but the friendship they built in their childhood seems to remain unbreakable. Until Pietro discovers what’s been going on while he was traveling the world.
“De Acht Bergen” (The Eight Mountains/ Le otto montagne) lovingly adapts Paolo Cognetti’s bestselling novel of the same name. The film is beautifully shot in classic 4:3 image ratio and takes the time to tell this both heartwarming and heartbreaking story about friendship. At the same time, it holds up a mirror to those who think idealistically about outdoor life without ever having lived it.
This film is recommended by the Studium Generale Student Film Committee because: “It captures the beauty of a lifelong friendship, painted on the stunning backdrop of the vast mountains of Italy.”
The film was nominated for the Palm D’Or and the directors won the jury prize at the Cannes film festival 2022.
“This is a movie with air in its lungs and love in its heart. It is spacious and unhurried in its devotion to beauty and to what it means to be human.” The Guardian
“Felix Van Groeningen Finds Light and Deep Tenderness in the Italian Alps.” IndieWire
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