Synopsis

From the director of Palme d'Or winning 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days comes a true story of a tragedy that unfolded in a small religious community in Romania. Two friends who grew up together in an orphanage are reunited after years apart, one has taken orders while the other wants them both to return to the new life and life of freedom she has in Germany. While staying together in Voichita’s remote and austere nunnery their relationship and sexuality begin to tear apart the tight-knit fabric of the sect, resulting in a terrifying act that would send a shockwave through the church. This powerful, enigmatic and astonishingly accomplished new film from Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days) was awarded both the Best Actress and Best Screenplay awards at Cannes 2012.

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Director

Cristian Mungiu
Cristian Mungiu was born in 1968 in Iasi, Romania. He studied English literature at the University of Iasi and Film Directing at the University of Film in Bucharest. He worked as a teacher and a journalist for written press, radio and television until 1994. During his film studies, he worked as an assistant director for foreign productions shot in Romania. After graduating in 1998, he made several shorts. His first feature, Occident, premiered in Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2002 and was later screened in over 50 festivals worldwide. He co-founded Mobra Films in 2003. Director’s statement: Beyond the Hills is for me primarily a film 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 world have been made in the name of faith, and with the absolute conviction they were done for a good cause. Beyond the Hills also speaks about a certain way of experiencing religion. It has always concerned me how much attention believers place on respecting religious habits and rules and how little on applying the essence and wisdom of Christianity to their day-to-day life, for example. Preparing for the film I read carefully the list of sins compiled by the Orthodox Church. There are quite a lot (464) and reading them, you cannot but ask yourself all kind of questions. Still, there is a sin that is not listed and which is amongst the most important things about which the film wishes to speak: the sin of indifference. Or maybe it is not a sin, since it’s not listed. But then what is it? Is it dangerous or not? The film also speaks about the various ways in which Evil can manipulate people, and the subtle ways in which it can manifest itself. I wonder whether indifference is not one of them. Deep down, I hope, Beyond the Hills speaks about options and choices in life deriving from education or from the lack of education, and about how many things in life derive from things that you cannot influence, or of which you are not guilty: where you were brought into the world, by whom, and in the middle of which community. The film also speaks about a region of the world - like many others - where longtime exposure to an endless succession of misfortunes and atrocities of all kinds has led to a breed of inert people who have lost their normal reactions in front of normal stimuli. This is not necessarily their fault - it is just a natural survival mechanism, but one which is experienced as an extra burden for those still alive amongst them.

Cast

Cosmina Stratan: Voichița Cristina Flutur: Alina Valeriu Andriuţă: The priest


Crew

Cristian Mungiu: Director / writer Tatiana Niculescu Bran: Writer (book) Oleg Mutu: Director of Photography

Details

Colour Aspect ratio: 16:9 Blu-ray catalogue number: ART066BD DVD catalogue number: ART647DVD Original title: Dupa Dealuri Produced by Mobra Films, in co-production with Why Not productions, Les Films du Fleuve, France 3 Cinéma, Mandragora Movies

Awards

Winner of Best Screenplay and Best Actress at 2012 Cannes Film Festival




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Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Drama

CERTIFICATE: 12A

DIRECTOR: Cristian Mungiu

CAST:
Cosmina Stratan: Voichița
Cristina Flutur: Alina
Valeriu Andriuţă: The priest
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CREW:
Cristian Mungiu: Director / writer
Tatiana Niculescu Bran: Writer (book)
Oleg Mutu: Director of Photography
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DURATION: 152 Mins

COUNTRIES: France, Belgium, Romania

LANGUAGES: Romanian

AWARDS:
Winner of Best Screenplay and Best Actress at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

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