Paolo Cognetti & Felix van Groeningen

After work talk with the author & director of ‘The Eight Mountains’

Mon 12/12/2022 - 16:30

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€ 10 (section 1 and section 2)

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Paolo Cognetti (Milan, 1978) is an Italian writer and documentary film-maker. He made his international breakthrough with the novel Le otto montagne (The Eight Mountains), selling over 250.000 copies in just the Netherlands and Flanders. The rights were sold to forty countries and the novel granted him the prestigious Premio Strega, the Premio Strega Giovani and the Prix Médicis étranger.

Cognetti will come to Leuven in the context of the eagerly awaited film release of The Eight Mountains, directed by Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch. The movie won the Prix du Jury at the latest Cannes Film Festival and has been praised by film critics from all over the world.

Director Felix van Groeningen (Gent, 1977) will join Cognetti for this presentation.

Van Groeningen is mostly known for The Broken Circle Breakdown (Oscar nomination Best Foreign Language Film) and Beautiful Boy. The latter was also a film adaptation (of the novel by David Sheff) and is seen as his international breakthrough.

  • interview by film journalist Lieven Trio (De Morgen and Klara)
  • conversation in French

with the support of Menuetto, RUFUS, Kinepolis Film Distribution and La Dante di Lovanio

The Eight Mountains (summary)

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, letting their destinies unfold, as Pietro and Bruno discover what it means to be true friends for life.


  • On Wednesday, December 14, The Eight Mountains will be released in Cinema ZED, in the presence of Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch.
  • On Saturday, December 17, we present the solo concert by Daniel Norgren, the Swedish singer-songwriter who made the soundtrack for The Eight Mountains. Final tickets!

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