Director Felix van Groeningen is working on a film adaptation of the Italian bestseller with his girlfriend Charlotte Vandermeersch Eight mountains Van Paolo Cognetti.
After his American adventure Handsome boy, Along with Steve Carell and Timothy Chalamet, among others, van Groeningen will live in Europe. Van Groeningen and Vandermersch will not only write the script together, they will also share the director’s chair together.
This scoop is a logical choice for both – it’s the right project at the right time – after collaboration Days without love, The Broken Circle Breakdown in Belgica. book Eight mountains Is an international bestseller translated into less than thirty languages.
Van Groeningen and Vandermeersch will be assisted by the values established as Reuben Impense director of photography And Niko Leunen as a mechanic. Hans Everaert of Menuseto works as a Belgian producer. Mario Gianni and Lorenzo are Italian producers from the gangrosa production house Wilside, which is part of Fremantle.
Eight mountains An Italian-French-British-Belgian co-production is Wildside Productions (Italy), a Fremantle company, Pyramid (France), Elastic Film (United Kingdom) and Rufus / Meneto (Belgium).
The story is about Pietro and Bruno, a city boy and a hill boy, who become friends when they are eleven. A deep but heartfelt friendship that has been the only constant in his life for over thirty years.
Like Van Groeningen’s previous films, it also features Eight mountains Friendship, family, luck and acceptance are central. With the untouched nature of the Italian Alps as a backdrop, the story longs for a simpler life.
To make the film as authentic as possible, van Groeningen and Vandermeersch chose to shoot the film in Italian.
Van Groeningen is hoping to be behind the camera again this summer: “Combining coregi with Charlotte, collaborating with an international top performer and supporting my regular team, I feel the right material for a special new Step into my trajectory as a filmmaker. “
“The purity and veracity with which the main characters in the film live their lives and search for meaning and happiness touches me deeply,” she continues. “I believe this story is meant to inspire and comfort people all over the world.”
Vandermeyers joins her: “The request to direct the film with Felix came unexpectedly, but at the same time it felt very natural. After a year of intense toilets on the scene, we realize we’re a complementary couple .
“It would be a terrifying thrill to make this deceptively simple yet emotionally layered film together,” he continues.
Wildside is an Italian production house known for the HBO series Young pope And The new pope By Paolo Sorrentino and the series My great friend From Saverio Constanzo. Wildside belongs to the Freemantle group.
Pyramide Productions is a French production house that also deals with the first Groovingens Belgica Co-produced The elastic film is a British production house by Luis Tisney, which was also among others previously Weld By Jonas Gowarts.
Mencetto is the production house of Hans Everaert, who for many years was the general director in the production house of the menu, Dirk Impens. Rufus is the production house of van Groeningen and Vandermeersch.