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Felix Van Groeningen & Charlotte Vandermeersch The Eight Mountains

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #62. Felix Van Groeningen & Charlotte Vandermeersch’s The Eight Mountains

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #62. Felix Van Groeningen & Charlotte Vandermeersch’s The Eight Mountains

The Eight Mountains (Le otto montagne)

After a slight detour to English language film terrain with 2018’s addiction drama Beautiful Boy, Felix van Groeningen adapts his second consecutive book to film project but swerves back to Euro countryside to split directing duties with his wife Charlotte Vandermeersch – the actress who has appeared in some of Groeningen’s previous films and who helped shape portions The Broken Circle Breakdown. With The Eight Mountains we appear to have a more complex shooting schedule perhaps involving for seasonal passage of time transitions and what we imagine is another first with shooting with an Italian team. Reuniting with cinematographer Ruben Impens, Groeningen has received critical praise from his 2004 debut Steve+Sky to 2009’s The Misfortunates (Directors’ Fortnight) and his most famous title to date in 2012’s The Broken Circle Breakdown. His latest stars Martin Eden‘s Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghii, Filippo Timi, and Elena Lietti.

Gist: Based on the bestselling novel by Paolo Cognetti, this is a coming-of-age tale set over three decades about two young Italian boys – one the son of a chemist, the other of a stonemason – who spend their childhoods together in a secluded Alpine village roaming the surrounding peaks and valleys, before their paths diverge. Many years later they reconnect in the same place.

Release Date/Prediction: This is a complex production so we’re thinking the earliest we might see this would be at the Venice Film Festival – competing for the Golden Lion.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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