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Beyond the Hills (2012)

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Directer:Cristian Mungiu  Producer:Cristian Mungiu Writter:Cristian Mungiu

Story:Tatiana Niculescu Bran (inspired by non-fiction novels of) Cinematography:Oleg Mutu   Editor:Mircea Olteanu Running time:150 min Country:Romania, France, Belgium  Language:Romanian Genre:Drama   Subtitle: English
Starring:
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

 

   


 

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Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Won Best Actress Cristina Flutur 
Cosmina Stratan 
Best Screenplay Cristian Mungiu 
Nominated Palme d''Or Cristian Mungiu 
 
Chicago International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Nominated Gold Hugo Best International Feature
Cristian Mungiu 
 
European Film Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Nominated European Film Award Best Screenwriter
Cristian Mungiu 
 
Hamburg Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Nominated Art Cinema Award Cristian Mungiu (director) 
 
Mar del Plata Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Won Best Film Cristian Mungiu 
 

 


A drama centered on the friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany.

Storyline
Alina and Voichita have been friends since their orphanage days. And they have been lovers since they became sexually mature. But despite their oath of mutual fidelity, Alina, who could not bear poverty any more, emigrated to Germany where she became a barmaid. Now she just could not take the estrangement from Alina and today she is back to Moldavia with a view to taking Voichita along with her to Germany. The only trouble is that in the meantime her girlfriend has betrayed her in falling in love with... God! Voichita indeed now lives in a convent where she plans to make vows. The priest agrees, if somewhat reluctantly, to accommodate Alina before their (hypothetical) departure. He sees all too well that not only is the young woman materialistic but hostile and troublesome as well... Written by Guy Bellinger
 


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 has been selected as the Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, making the January shortlist.


Production:
The screenplay was inspired by two non-fiction novels by the writer Tatiana Niculescu Bran, documenting the case of a young member of a monastery in Moldavia, who died in 2005 after an exorcism ritual. The film production was made through the director''s company Mobra Films. It received also 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.


Release:
Cast and crew at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
The film premiered in the main competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened on May 19.[5] At Cannes, Mungiu won the award for Best Screenplay, while Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan shared the award for Best Actress.

Critical response:
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."
Sight & Sound film magazine listed the film at #8 on its list of best films of 2012.

 


 

 





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