BEYOND THE HILLS
Opening in NYC at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on March 8
The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York is pleased to announce the New York City theatrical release of BEYOND THE HILLS (directed by Cristian Mungiu) in select theaters. The film had its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival, being also presented in the closing gala of the Making Waves: Romanian Film Festival in NYC in December 2012. BEYOND THE HILLS is distributed in North America by Sundance Selects.
In an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania, Alina has just been reunited with Voichita after spending several years in Germany. The two young women have supported and loved each other since meeting as children in an orphanage.
Alina wants Voichita to leave and return with her to Germany, but Voichita has found refuge in faith and a family in the nuns and their priest, and refuses. Alina cannot understand her friend’s choice. In her attempt to win back Voichita’s affection, she challenges the priest. She is taken to hospital and the people of the monastery start to suspect that she is possessed.
When the doctors send her back, Alina is included in the monastic routine in the hope that she will find peace. But her condition worsens and they finally have to tie her to a wooden plank to prevent her from hurting herself. After ruling out all other options, the priest and nuns decide to read her prayers to deliver those possessed by the Evil One. They perform an exorcism, but the result is not what they had hoped, and Voichita begins to doubt the religious choice she has made. She decides to free Alina - but her decision comes too late. Watch the trailer
BEYOND THE HILLS
Romania, 2012, 150 min
In Romanian with English subtitles
Directed by: Cristian Mungiu
Cast: Cosmina Stratan,Cristina Flutur,Valeriu Andriuta,
Producer: Cristian Mungiu, Mobra Films
Executive producer, Writer: Cristian Mungiu
Inspired by the Non-Fiction Novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran
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