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Beyond the Hills

Romanian Cinema

The screenplay of “Beyond the Hills” was inspired by two books “Deadly Confession” and “Judges’ Book” by Tatiana Niculescu Bran. At the Cannes Film Festival it won the Best Screenplay Award, as well as the Best Actress Award ex aequo for Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan. It was an official Romanian candidate for the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Having entered the reality of an adult life, Alina and Voichiţa, friends and lovers who had grown up together in an orphanage, both went their own separate ways. Alina immigrated to Germany, where she earns a living as a waitress, whereas Voichiţa has found peace joining a convent hidden on the outskirts of a small town, somewhere beyond the hills. Alina takes one last chance to find Voichiţa and persuade her to leave for Germany and build their life together, as she cannot imagine another separation from her true love. However, Voichiţa has a difficult decision to make, realising that once she sets her foot outside of the monastery, there is no coming back. Even though in reality she desires to be with Voichiţa, Alina lies, saying that it is her will to join the convent. Adjusting to the harsh rules of monastic life proves difficult, especially after she starts to suffer from epilepsy attacks, which the nuns take for demonic possession. To some extent, “Beyond the Hill” resembles “Brokeback Mountain.” It also tells a story of a great love that cannot be fulfilled because of the fear of being judged by the society. For both lead actresses “Beyond the Hills” was their big screen debut. Cristina Flutur works at the Teatrul National Radu Stanca in Sibiu, whereas Cosmina Stratan is a TV reporter and a journalist collaborating with “Opinia Studențească”, among others. The role of the priest is played by Valeriu Andriuță, theatre and film actor and director, Mungiu’s long-time collaborator. 

Having entered the reality of an adult life, Alina and Voichiţa, friends and lovers who had grown up together in an orphanage, both went their own separate ways. Alina immigrated to Germany, where she earns a living as a waitress, whereas Voichiţa has found peace joining a convent hidden on the outskirts of a small town, somewhere beyond the hills. Alina takes one last chance to find Voichiţa and persuade her to leave for Germany and build their life together, as she cannot imagine another separation from her true love. However, Voichiţa has a difficult decision to make, realising that once she sets her foot outside of the monastery, there is no coming back. Even though in reality she desires to be with Voichiţa, Alina lies, saying that it is her will to join the convent. Adjusting to the harsh rules of monastic life proves difficult, especially after she starts to suffer from epilepsy attacks, which the nuns take for demonic possession. To some extent, “Beyond the Hill” resembles “Brokeback Mountain.” It also tells a story of a great love that cannot be fulfilled because of the fear of being judged by the society. For both lead actresses “Beyond the Hills” was their big screen debut. Cristina Flutur works at the Teatrul National Radu Stanca in Sibiu, whereas Cosmina Stratan is a TV reporter and a journalist collaborating with “Opinia Studențească”, among others. The role of the priest is played by Valeriu Andriuță, theatre and film actor and director, Mungiu’s long-time collaborator. 

Additionally:
a screening of a short film “Horizon”, directed by Paul Negoescu will accompany the main film


Beyond the Hills, dir. Christian Mungiu

drama / Belgium, France, Romania / 2012 / 155 min

cast: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuţă, Dana Tapalaga