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Wild Bunch - BEYOND THE HILLS

Cristian Mungiu

BEYOND THE HILLS

Status: Completed

Director(s): Cristian Mungiu

Short synopsis : Alina returns home from Germany, hoping to bring Voichita - the only person in the world she loves and has ever been loved by - back to her. But Voichita has found God - and God is the hardest lover of all to be jealous of.

Long synopsis : Voichita looks for Alina at the railway station of a small, hilly Romanian town. The girls grew up together in an orphanage and were family for each other since first grade. At 19, Alina was taken in by a foster family and later decided to go and work in Germany. Voichita found refuge in an Orthodox monastery and became a nun. There she found not only God but the family she’d never had. Feeling sick and estranged, Alina strives to get Voichita back in her life. Voichita asks permission to leave the monastery temporarily to comfort her disturbed friend, but the Priest’s answer is firm: once you have taken the path of Christ there can be no comings or goings. Voichita is not prepared to abandon her newly found peace, while Alina is baffled by her decision: what on earth happened to the girl she knew? She starts fighting with all her strength to get Voichita back, but God is the most difficult lover of whom to be jealous - and soon the inhabitants of the monastery start to suspect something evil in this force that animates Alina.

Cast

  • Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga, Catalina Harabagiu, Gina Tandura

Crew

  • Producer(s): Cristian Mungiu
  • Director(s): Cristian Mungiu
  • Screenplay: Cristian Mungiu, Tatiana Niculescu Bran
  • DP: Oleg Mutu
  • Editing: Mircea Olteanu
  • Set Design: Calin Papura, Mihaela Poenaru
  • Genre(s): Drama

  • Production date: 2012
  • Language: Roumanian
  • Duration: 155 min
  • Image Ratio: 1.85
  • Festival de Cannes 2012 - Competition
    Award(s) : Award for Best Screenplay & Award for Best Actress Ex-aequo
  • Chicago International Film Festival 2012
  • European Film Awards 2012 - Nominated
    Award(s) : Best Screenwriter
  • Hawaii International Film Festival 2012
  • Moscow International Film Festival 2012
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012
  • Sarajevo Film Festival 2012
  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2012
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2012
  • Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2012
  • Reykjavík International Film Festival 2012
  • Festival do Rio 2012
  • New York Film Festival 2012
  • Haifa International Film Festival 2012
  • Busan International Film Festival 2012
  • BFI London Film Festival 2012
  • Bergen International Film Festival 2012
  • Mumbai Film Festival 2012
  • Viennale International Film Festival 2012
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2012
    Award(s) : Audience Award
  • International Film Festival Bratislava 2012
  • Gijon International Film Festival 2012
  • Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2012
    Award(s) : Best Film
  • Goa - International Film Festival of India 2012
  • Cairo International Film Festival 2012
  • Göteborg Film Festival 2013
  • Beijing International Film Festival 2013

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