The eight mountains

Le Otto Montagne

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

The Eight Mountains is the story of a friendship. Of children becoming men who try to erase the footprints of their fathers, but who, through the twists and turns they take, always end up returning home. Pietro is a boy from the city, Bruno is the last child of a forgotten mountain village. Over the years Bruno remains faithful to his mountain, while Pietro is the one who comes and goes. Their encounters introduce them to love and loss, reminding them of their origins, and letting their destinies unfold, as Pietro and Bruno discover what it means to be true friends for life.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch
Script: Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Paolo Cognetti (based on his book)
Cinematography: Ruben Impens
Editing: Nico Leunen
Sound: Alessandro Palmerini
Music: Daniel Norgren
Actors: Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Filippo Timi, Elena Lietti, Cristiano Sassella
Production: Wildside, a Fremantle Company
Producers: Mario Gianani, Lorenzo Gangarossa
Co-production: Rufus/Menuetto, Pyramide Productions, Vision Distribution
Costumes: Francesca Maria Brunori
Production Design: Massimiliano Nocente
Executive producer: Olivia Sleiter, Louis Tisné
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Italy, France, Belgium
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 147΄
Distribution in Greece: One from the Heart
Contact: Vision Distribution
Awards/Distinctions: Jury Prize – Cannes Film Festival 2022

Felix van Groeningen

Felix Van Groeningen is a Belgian director and screenwriter. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) and graduated in 2000 with a Master’s degree (MA) in Audiovisual Arts. Among his works, The Misfortunates (2009) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Director's Fortnight, The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) earned a César and a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, and Belgica (2016) won the World Cinema Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Beautiful Boy (2018) was his first English-language film. He co-directed The Eight Mountains with his partner Charlotte Vandermeersch. He lives and works in Belgium.


2000 50CC (short)
2007 With Friends Like These
2012 The Broken Circle Breakdown
2018 Beautiful Boy
2022 The Eight Mountains

Charlotte Vandermeersch

Charlotte Vandermeersch is a renowned Belgian actress and screenwriter with an extensive experience in European cinema, theater, and TV. She was the leading actress in the thriller TV series Deadline 14/10 and Deadline 25/5, as well as in the comedy series Red Sonja. She has worked in many independent and award-winning films, such as Belgica, Turquaze, Loft, and The Prime Minister. In 2012, she co-wrote the script for The Broken Circle Breakdown with Felix Van Groeningen. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. She has also had a distinguished career in theater, working with prestigious establishments such as the SKaGeN Theatre Company in Antwerp. n 2006, she founded LAZARUS, a Dutch-language theater collective, also based in Antwerp. She writes music and sings in a band called Whale.


2022 The Eight Mountains