Beyond the Hills | Dupǎ dealuri – dir. Cristian Mungiu, 2012

date: 04/08/2012 time: 20:00 place: PGE Cinema film program: world under canvas film program: the audience poll artistic program: films

RO | 2012 | 150 min
reż|dir Cristian Mungiu prod|pro Cristian Mungiu scen|wr Cristian Mungiu zdj|ph Oleg Mutu mon|ed Mircea Olteanu ob|cast Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga, Catalina Harabagiu, Gina Tandura, Vica Agache dys|dis Gutek Film


The storyline focuses on friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage where they entered into an erotic relationship. Alina (Cristina Flutur) leaves for Germany in search for work and Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) joins a monastery where she finds solace and peace of heart. One day Alina comes back and tries to talk her friend into leaving with her. Her persuasion becomes more and more persistent and although it is tempting enough, the nun refuses hearing it. Their mutual desire disturbs the stability of the  religious community and Alina’s epileptic attacks are seen as demonic possession. Mounting suspense is building slowly throughout only to explode towards the tragic finale.  Real-time action, although typical of new Romanian wave, is forsaken in the film.

2012 Cannes FF – Best Script Award (Cristian Mungiu), Best Actress Award (Cosmina Stratam, Cristina Strutur), nomination for Golden Palm.

Cristian Mungiu (1968)
A Romanian director, screenwriter and film producer. He studied English Literature and worked for several  years as a teacher and a journalist. In 1998 he graduated from the University of Film in Bucharest, after which he made short films. Critics praised his feature debut “West”  (2002). Mungiu in one of the most important directors in Romanian cinema and the only holder of the Cannes Golden Palm (for “4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days”, 2007).