U.S. Premiere of Cristian Mungiu's
BEYOND THE HILLS
in the Main Slate of the 50th Anniversary Edition of the New York Film Festival
Winner of the Best Screenplay Award and Best Actress Award for Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan at the Cannes Film Festival '12
RCINY is happy to salute the U.S. premiere of Cristian Mungiu's BEYOND THE HILLS in the Main Slate selection of the 50th Anniversary Edition of the New York Film Festival. The film will have three screenings between October 1 - 11, at the Howard Gilman Theater and the Alice Tully Hall.
This harrowing, visually stunning new film from the Palme D'Or winning director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days unfolds in and around a remote monastery where pious young women toil dutifully under the ever-watchful eye of an austere priest known as Papa (the excellent Valeriu Andriuta). As the film opens, Alina (Cristina Flutur) arrives to visit her friend Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), one of the nuns in training. As children, the two women lived together in an orphanage where the tough, short-tempered Alina served as a protector for her more delicate friend. Now, Alina wants Voichita to leave her cloistered life and return with her to Germany, but as the fateful hour draws near, Voichita seems disinclined to go, and so Alina stays on for a while, which is when the real trouble begins. Inspired by a case of alleged demonic possession that occurred in Romania’s Moldova region in 2005, Beyond the Hills is not a supernatural thriller but rather an all too believable portrait of dogma at odds with personal liberty in a society still emerging from the shadow of Communism. For their remarkable lead performances, screen newcomers Flutur and Stratan shared the Best Actress prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Mungiu also received the Best Screenplay award.
A Sundance Selects release.