Beyond the Hills

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Beyond the Hills
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Romania, 2012, 152 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France, Belgium
Topics: Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Religion
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Romanian English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Cristina Flutur, Cosmina Stratan), Cannes Film Festival

A Romanian monastery is rocked by the incursion of an outsider, the best friend of one of the novice nuns, in this powerful, weighty drama from the director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days.

Voichita (Cosmini Stratan) and Alina (Christina Flutur) grew up together in an orphanage, but the former has found God, while Alina has embarked on a new life in Germany. Her return is motivated by legal and financial pressures, but more importantly by her love for Voichita, whom she means to take with her. The nun, though, is happy where she is, and if Alina is to be permitted to stay even for a short while at the monastery she must convince the priest of her faith and virtue…

What initially seems like a small story accrues tragic gravitas and profundity as Mungiu takes this clash of belief systems to a harrowing conclusion. His slow-burning method allows space for nuances that linger well after the movie is over. Based on a true story.

Winner: Best Actress (Stratan and Flutur), Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Cristian Mungiu
Producer: Cristian Mungiu
Editor: Mircea Olteanu
Screenwriter: Cristian Mungiu
Cinematographer: Oleg Mutu
Principal Cast: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga, Catalina Harabagiu
Filmography: Tales From the Golden Age (2009), 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (2007), Occident (2002)
Print Source: IFC Films -

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