Beyond the Hills (Dupa dealuri)

Feature Film | ROU 2012 | 150' | Subtitled English

Hitherto a largely unknown Romanian director, Cristian Mungiu took his abortion drama 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS & 2 DAYS to Cannes five years ago for a decisive win of the Golden Palm. BEYOND THE HILLS, which picked up Best Actress and Best Screenplay awards at the Croisette this year, is confirmation of his talent. Again, the story revolves around two friends who seek to keep a secret from the authorities. Alina visits Voichita, who is a nun in a convent. As she fails to convince her friend to flee with her, problems arise when Alina revolts against the strict rules at the orthodox abbey. Since the abbot and the nuns are unable to break the young woman’s defiant spirit, they begin to believe that Alina is possessed by the devil. Based on a true story, Mungiu’s two-and-a-half-hour drama is told in an extremely realistic fashion. Viewers may find they can almost smell the incense burnt in the convent’s chapel.

Producer
Cristian Mungiu
Co-Producers
Pascal Caucheteux, Gregoire Sorlat, Vincent Maraval, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Jean Labadie, Bobby Păunescu
Line Producer
Tudor Reu
Director
Cristian Mungiu
Script
Cristian Mungiu
Inspired by the non-fiction novels of
Tatiana Niculescu Bran
Photography
Oleg Mutu
Editor
Mircea Olteanu
Sound
Cristian Tarnoveţchi
Production Design
Călin Papură, Mihaela Poenaru
Principal Cast
Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur
Production Companies
Mobra Films/Mandragora Movies/Les Films du Fleuve/Why Not Productions/Canal+/France Televisions/France 3 Cinema/Cine+

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Selected filmography Christian Mungiu

OCCIDENT (2002), 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (2007), TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE (2009)