Mountains in contemporary fiction cinema


Mountaintelling is the Festival’s new container strongly desired, conceived and created in
collaboration with the Film Commission Valle d’Aosta, to enhance the ability of the big
screen to tell the essence of the mountain through fiction cinema,
returning to it the role not only of scenery but of protagonist of the narrative, capable of
influence and accompany stories capable of moving, entertaining and making a wide and varied audience think.


Mautaintelling – which takes shape in this edition in the proposal of two special events, which will take place during the first two evenings of the festival – is proposed as a moment of in-depth study, through meetings with authors, directors, distributors, producers and actors of fictional works that investigate the specificity of the mountain in its different facets and problems, knowing how to return a non-stereotypical image, contemporary and full of contradictions.


8:30 PM
In collaboration with Film Commission Valle d’Aosta


Mountaintelling / 1

From the Aosta Valley peaks, to theaters around the world


meeting with.
Alessandro Borghi and Catia Rossi (Vision distribution)


Angelo Acerbi (Fred Film Radio)

“Le Otto Montagne,” the now well-known film adaptation of Paolo Cognetti’s novel of the same name by Belgian directors Felix Van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch, has transported from the peaks of the Aosta Valley to those of world cinema, the story of the intense relationship between two boys – and then two men – who are different but similar, told through a journey in constant search of a way to recognize each other, found among the paths, streams, snow-capped peaks and mountain huts.


Set almost entirely in Val d’Ayas,, the film has won critical acclaim and audience favor (winning, among many other awards, the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and no less than 4 David di Donatello awards) not only because of its skillful direction and stellar cast, but also because of its stunning Alpine setting and honest and sincere portrayal of the simple but extreme life of this borderline world.


For these reasons, Cervino CineMountain could not but open its 26th edition and the new Mountaintelling container with this film, bringing to the stage of the Valtournenche Congress Center, one of the film’s two very good protagonists, Alessandro Borghi, to reveal secrets and anecdotes of the making of this great cinematic success.


To recount the “otto montagne’s case” from a different, but no less important point of view, the evening will host, along with the Roman actor, Alessandra Miletto, Director of the Film Commission Valle d’Aosta, and Catia Rossi, Head of International Sales of Vision Distribution, which handled the international distribution of the film.


Presenting the evening will be Angelo Acerbi, host of the Morning Show podcast, signed FRED Film Radio.

SUNDAY 30.07

8:30 PM

In collaboration with Film Commission Valle d’Aosta


Mountaintelling / 2

Genres, stories and themes of contemporary mountain fiction


with Ignasi Lopez Fabregas, Caroline Tillette, Cecilia Bozza Wolf and Alex Zancanella

We are often used to thinking of the documentary as the privileged sphere in which mountain cinema is embodied, with the latter relegated, in fictional products, to mere setting. A mountain cinema, in fact, rather than a mountain cinema, capable of narrating the people and contemporary issues of the highlands.


And yet, more and more are examples of a new filmography, able to breathe new life into the genre and grapple with a narrative that is not taken for granted, free from the clichés that have often reduced the mountains to a pure landscape or an idyllic stage on which to develop events that could easily decline elsewhere.


For this second evening of Mountaintelling, we offer the viewing and in-depth analysis of three films that, in their diversity of genre and style, account for the incredible vitality of contemporary non-documentary mountain cinema production: “Egoland,” the latest work by the Spaniard Ignasi Lopez Fabregas, who with a series of funny and sharp short films has earned the title of master of a strictly mountaineering-set adult animation cinema; “Elisabeth,” the directorial debut of the French actress Caroline Tillette (a face known to Italian audiences for her appearances in Paolo Sorrentino’s films), a story of female courage, set in the Alps in the winter of 1943; ending with one of the most interesting first works of the year, “Rispet,” the first fiction feature by Trentino-based director Cecilia Bozza Wolf, who, to the emotional and psychological condition of young people living in Alpine villages, had already dedicated her acclaimed documentary “Vergot,” winner of the Audience Award at Cervino CineMountain 2017.


With the directors (and the protagonist of “Rispet,” Alex Zancanella) of these three fresh and original works, each capable of telling, in its own way, a mountain that has no place on postcards and commercials, we will reflect on the frontiers of storytelling in the “new” mountain cinema.







Ingresso 5 €

Giornaliero 10

€ Abbonamento 25 €



Ingresso 5 €

Abbonamento 15 €

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