Beyond the Hills dir. Cristian MungiuBeyond the Hills dir. Cristian Mungiu

Beyond the Hills

Za wzgórzami / Dupǎ dealuri

Romania, France, Belgium 2012 / 150'

director: Cristian Mungiu

screenplay: Cristian Mungiu

cinematography: Oleg Mutu

cast: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuţǎ, Dana Tapalagǎ

awards: Cannes IFF 2012 – best screenplay and actress, Mar del Plata Film Festival 2012 – best film

polish distributor: Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty

release date: 1.03.2013

A modest church stands among a collection of small houses – in this austere setting,the peaceful atmosphere of grace that reigns over a women’s convent seems immovable.The surrounding forest’s silence is so close to being sacred that a whisper seems a sin. The village’s isolation is comfortable, reassuring, but the natural frontier that until now has protected the serenity of the place proves imperfect when unexpected danger arrives alongside Alina, a friend of Voichita, one of the nuns. Convent life has not erased Voichita’s love for her friend, whose arrival awakes long dormant turmoil in her body, soul, and heart. Alina makes fervent advances towards Voichita, but her desire soon turns to uncontrollable ferocity, taken by the pious community to signal demonic possession.Yetas the former order of thingsunravels, initial fears give way to mercy. Director Cristian Mungiu explains that the film is primarily […] about love and free will: mostly about how love can turn the concepts of good and evil into very relative ones Most of the greatest mistakes of this worldhave been made in the name of faith, and withthe absolute conviction they were done for a good cause.

Cristian Mungiu

Director Cristian Mungiu was born in the eastern Romanian city of Iaşi in 1968. He holds degrees in English literature and cinematography. He worked as a teacher, journalist, and director’s assistant on local productions before turning to his own directorial work, making several short films by 1998. In 2002, his feature debut West premiered at Cannes and later screened at over 50 international festivals. In 2007, his second feature 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Daysreceived the Golden Palm at Cannes and opened the 7th New Horizons later the same year.

Selected filmography:

2000 Nici o întâmplare (short)

2002 Zachód / Occident / West

2007 4 miesiące, 3 tygodnie i 2 dni / 4 luni, 3 saptamini si 2 zile / 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

2009 Opowieści Złotego Wieku / Amintiri din epoca de aur / Tales from the Golden Age

2012 Za wzgórzami / Dupǎ dealuri / Beyond the Hills