Skip to main content

BEYOND THE HILLS

Romania / France / Belgium, 2012 (MIFF 2012, International Panorama)

Director: Cristian Mungiu

BEYOND THE HILLS

β€œA brilliant, scary portrayal of irrationality and fear in Europe's dark heart.” - The Guardian

When twenty-something Alina arrives in Moldavia to remove her childhood friend Voichita from an Orthodox monastery, she doesn't reckon on the unyielding force of religion and devout Voichita's choice of God over Alina brings their relationship to a physical and moral crisis.

In his first feature since the Palme d'Or-winning 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (MIFF 07), gifted Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's unsettling psychological drama is inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran, based on the reports of a BBC correspondent who exposed an exorcism case at a Moldavian monastery in 2005. Winning the Best Screenplay award at Cannes and drawing excellent performances from his first-time lead actors (who shared the Best Actress gong at Cannes), Mungiu tackles some major themes with an unhurried pace and cinematography that depicts the harsh environment with a spare yet beautiful naturalism.

β€œIt is an engrossingly serious work, and confirms Mungiu as a maturing talent.” - Hollywood Reporter

D/P/S Cristian Mungiu Dist Madman Entertainment L Romanian w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012

See also...

OCCIDENT

Winner of the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes 2002. ... Before filmmaker Cristian Mungiu collected the coveted Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival with 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (MIFF 07), he ... More »

RHINO SEASON

"A tragic love story, a fierce indictment against the Islamist regime in Tehran … a lyrical elegy replete with symbolical visions." - Screen Daily ... A poet during the reign of the Shah is ... More »

VIOLA

"The great discovery of TIFF 2012 was Matías Piñeiro's Viola, a fantasia on love that dances between dreams, theatrical performances and a kind of hyper-sensual reality." - Senses of ... More »

RUBY SPARKS

They often tell you to write what you know. But they don't tell you what to do when what you write becomes real. ... Six years after the breakout success of Little Miss Sunshine, husband and wife ... More »

THE PIROGUE

"I am an African man who decided to go down in history." ... Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue who reluctantly accepts a job leading a boat of refugees to Europe. Overseeing this group of ... More »

BROKEN

A heartwarming exploration of what makes people break down and the love that might heal and restore. ... Eleven-year-old Skunk Cunningham lives in North London with her older brother Jed, dad Archie ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director