Sideshow and Janus Films have acquired the North American rights to the 2022 Cannes Jury Prize winner The Eight Mountains for a theatrical release at the end of the year.
The New York-based distribution partners have had a busy Cannes this year by also acquiring Jerzy Skolimowski HEYwho shared the Jury Prize with The Eight Mountains; and Tori and Lokita by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, which won the 75th Anniversary Prize at Cannes.
The Eight Mountains is written and directed by Academy Award-nominated Belgian director Felix van Groeningen and his longtime collaborator and life partner Charlotte Vandermeersch.
Adapted from the novel of the same name by Italian writer Paolo Cognetti, the work follows the lifelong friendship of two men from very different backgrounds against the backdrop of a remote valley in the mountainous region of Valle d’Aosta. in Italy. One is a city boy, the other the last child of a forgotten mountain village.
As adults, the couple separate but fate brings them back together in their childhood playground and they discover what it means to be true friends for life.
The Italian-language feature is produced by Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Gangarossa of Fremantle’s Roman subsidiary, Wildside, in co-production with Belgians Rufus and Menuetto, France’s Pyramide Pictures and Italy’s Vision Distribution, in collaboration with Britain’s Elastic and Sky.
Vision Distribution handles international sales and the Italian release. Pyramide will be released in France.
“We have found the perfect home for our film and know this story will breathe air into the lives of people around the world,” van Groeningen and Vandermeersch said.
Luca Marinelli and Alessandro Borghi star in the film along with Filippo Timi, Elena Lietti and Elisabetta Mazzullo.
“We fell in love with The Eight Mountainsa touching and deeply moving film about friendship filled with heart and featuring terrific performances from Luca Marinelli and Alessandro Borghi,” Sideshow and Janus Films said in a joint statement.
The deal was negotiated by CAA Media Finance and Vision Distribution on behalf of the filmmakers with Janus Films and Sideshow.