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Cinephile Screening – The Eight Mountains

23 April: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

2022 – Certificate 12

– The Eight Mountains –

Cinephile Drama

In a secluded valley in the Italian Alps, an unlikely friendship forms between two young boys, Pietro, a boy from the city, and Bruno, who has only ever known life in the mountains.  Over the years, Bruno remains faithful to his home while Pietro aspires to greater heights.  As their lives unfold, their paths ultimately lead them back to where they first met as they reunite to build a mountain hut in remembrance of Pietro’s father to fulfil his dying wish .

Their deep love remains unspoken throughout, as does the primal rivalry that manifests in their quiet competition for girlfriends, parental affection and financial security. They both, in short, see in the other an alternative, superior life they never lived.  Meaningfully, the title refers to the eight highest peaks of Nepal: a mysterious symbol of worldly ambition and conquest.

Set against the magnificent landscape of Italy’s Aosta Valley which includes the slopes of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, and spanning almost four decades, “The Eight Mountains” is a profoundly moving and beautifully filmed portrait of a lifelong friendship between two seemingly very different people who became fast friends as children and remain friends, even though life, time, and circumstances, often drive them apart.

In Italian with Sub-titles.

Running Time 147mins

Ratings Info 4-5 Stars

Director(s) Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch

Cast includes Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Filippo Timis

Nominations & Awards16 wins from 40 nominations including Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize

Certificate  12

The Guardian – This rich, beautiful and inexpressibly sad film is about the friendship between men who can’t talk about their feelings and about winning and losing at the great game of life.

Belgian film-makers Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch have adapted the award-winning 2016 novel by Italian author Paolo Cognetti and have created a deeply intelligent meditation on our capacity for love, and how it is shaped by the arbitrary, irreversible experiences of childhood, and by our relationship with the landscape.

It is not being too facetious to call this the straight “Brokeback Mountain”.

Roger Ebert – “The Eight Mountains” works slowly and patiently. …….. but the film works because of its slowness and patience, not despite it. A film like this needs time to establish the building blocks of the relationship and allow the breathing room necessary.

Vandermeersch and van Groeningen, in collaboration with cinematographer Ruben Impens, capture the mountains’ changeable moods, their daunting heights and dizzying valleys, peaks upon peaks, the way the dawn hits the mountaintops, the steepness of the slopes ……….. Some real mountain climbing is done in “The Eight Mountains,” and some of the footage is awe-inspiring.

It may be a cliche to say the mountains are the third main character in the film, but it’s the truth………Swedish composer Daniel Norgren’s score is a huge contribution.

Variety – Based on the award-winning Italian bestseller …………the movie is novelistic in the best sense. It immerses you in the world of its characters – both human and Alpine – on that chimingly deep level that usually only literature can access. But it lives and breathes in beautifully cinematic terms…..

Time Out – This heartfelt tribute to platonic friendship soars on incredible performances and breathtaking cinematography……….cinematographer Ruben Impens captures their bucolic rambling through snow-capped and forest-strewn crags, crevasses and crystal-hued lakes like an oil painting.

How to book

Advance booking and payment to reserve places is politely requested. Tickets are £7.

Online booking and payment can be made by clicking below.


Cash payment can be made by depositing cash at 6 Teeton Road, Ravensthorpe, NN6 8EJ in an envelope marked with your name and the film. To confirm that you will be paying by cash please:

  • email cinema@rvhall.online  
  • or telephone Mike & Mo Cobbe on 01604 328822


23 April
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