Looking for another location?
From award-winning filmmakers Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix van Groeningen ('The Broken Circle Breakdown'), THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS is a breathtaking and richly involving story about two people of vastly different classes who forge a decades-long, life-defining friendship in the Italian Alps.
Summer 1984, a secluded alpine village in the Aosta Valley. Holidaying with his mother (Elena Lietti) and father (Filippo Timi), 11-year-old Pietro befriends Bruno, the local son of a stonemason, and the two spend an idyllic vacation together. But when Pietro’s well-meaning but impetuous dad suggests that Bruno return to Turin with them so that he can receive a proper education, he inadvertently drives a wedge between the boys.
In adulthood, their paths intertwine again: the estranged Pietro (Luca Marinelli, 'Martin Eden') is drawn back to the valley - a place that Bruno (Alessandro Borghi) has never left - and as the two set about building a mountain cabin, they begin to bridge a crevasse of emotional distance and reconcile the wounds and regrets of the past...
Set against the pristine, spectacular panoramas of Northwest Italy and Nepal, and adapted from Paolo Cognetti’s bestselling novel, THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS is a deeply affecting tale of connection – to others, to nature and to self. The incredible bond the two protagonists achieve is both profoundly moving and meaningful.
WINNER – JURY PRIZE – 2022 CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER (x4)– 2023 ITALIAN ACADEMY AWARDS (DAVID DI DONATELLO) – Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, Sound & Cinematography
"Rich and beautiful. A movie with air in its lungs and love in its heart. This film has mystery and passion, it climbs mountainous heights and rewards you with the opposite of vertigo: A sort of exaltation."
- THE GUARDIAN
"Intoxicating. A tender story about love and friendship."
- THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Powerful. A simple but profound story told with rare eloquence."
- ABC RADIO NATIONAL
"Blissful and tender. A movie of soaring visual majesty and churning emotional force."
- LOS ANGELES TIMES
"This luminous, gentle stunner reaches sublime heights. The film’s intoxicating atmosphere is a cherished retreat I’m already eager to revisit."
- ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thursday 30th November
Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Filippo Timi, Elena Lietti
Charlotte Vandermeersch, Felix Van Groeningen
Italian, with English subtitles
Pentridge Cinema, Palace Balwyn, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay, The Kino, Palace Westgarth, Palace Norton Street, Palace Central, Palace Verona, Palace Byron Bay, Palace James St, Palace Barracks, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Raine Square