Beyond the Hills
|Beyond the Hills|
|Directed by||Cristian Mungiu|
|Written by||Cristian Mungiu|
|Based on||Deadly Confession and Judges' Book
by Tatiana Niculescu Bran
|Edited by||Mircea Olteanu|
|Distributed by||Sundance Selects (United States)
Madman Entertainment (Australia)
|Running time||155 minutes|
Beyond the Hills (Romanian: După dealuri) is a 2012 Romanian drama film directed by Cristian Mungiu, starring Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan. The narrative follows two young women at an Orthodox convent in Romania.
The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where Mungiu won the award for Best Screenplay, and Flutur and Stratan shared the award for Best Actress. It was selected as the Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, making the January shortlist.
This is a story of two orphan girls, Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) who joins in a church by choosing a life of nun and her friend Alina (Cristina Flutur) who will join her later from Germany. In their early life they were roommate and had physical relation, that Alina will demand again, but Voichita will refuse. There was no other way for Alina to go to the outer world, so Voichita will insists the Priest (Valeriu Andriuta) to allow her to stay along with them; on the other hand the priest will demand her to be faithful on God and for confession. There would be a psychological constrain in between the two friends. Alina will try to get Voichita out of the orthodox environment, and Voichita will try for Alina to lay down on the way to God.
- Cosmina Stratan as Voichiţa
- Cristina Flutur as Alina
- Valeriu Andriuţă as Priest
- Dana Tapalagă as Mother superior
- Cătălina Harabagiu as Antonia
- Gina Ţandură as nun Iustina
- Vica Agache as nun Elisabeta
- Nora Covali as Nun Pahomia
- Dionisie Vitcu as Mr. Valerică
The screenplay was inspired by two novels by the writer Tatiana Niculescu Bran, documenting the Tanacu exorcism, in which a young member of a monastery in Moldavia died in 2005 after an exorcism ritual. The film production was made through the director's company, Mobra Films. It also received production support from Belgium and France. It received €273,100 from Romania's National Centre for Cinema and €400,000 from Eurimages. Filming took place from November 2011 to February 2012.
The film premiered in the main competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened on 19 May. At Cannes, Mungiu won the award for Best Screenplay, while Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan shared the award for Best Actress.
Dan Fainaru of Screen Daily wrote from Cannes: "Spare, unadorned and strikingly shot, Cristian Mungiu's film is an unusual rendering of a Romanian exorcism case and is bound to split both audience and critical opinions, some considering it a major achievement and others blaming it for overlong pretentious sensationalism. But it will certainly not pass unnoticed."
Mark Kermode named it his second best film of 2013 so far (from January to June).
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