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. —Wild Bunch
Cristian Mungiu (b. 1968, Iaşi) is a Romanian filmmaker, winner of the Palme d’Or in 2007.
After studying English literature at the University of Iaşi, he worked for a few years as a teacher and as a journalist. After that, he enrolled at the University of Film in Bucharest to study film directing. After graduating in 1998, Mungiu made several short films. In 2002, he debuted with his first feature film, Occident. Occident enjoyed critical success, winning prizes in several film festivals and being featured in Director’s Fortnight at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2007 Mungiu wrote and directed his second feature, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. The film was received enthusiastically, attracting critical praise and being selected in the official competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, where it eventually won the coveted Palme d’Or for feature film, marking the first time that prize was awarded to a Romanian filmmaker.
Mungiu has said that early Miloš Forman… read more
Más allá de las colinas se inicia con dos retratos que recrean contraste. Alina y Voichita, la recién llegada de la ciudad y la recluida en un convento, una vistiendo de colores y otra de negro, una amando y otra olvidando. Mungiu es acertado al momento de componer los prejuicios sociales enfatizados dentro de un espacio periférico. El director sabe sugerir la sexualidad(la lésbica y la autoritaria)sin materializarla
Cristian Mungiu’s film is a gorgeously austere and often exhilarating in its its slow-burning atmosphere of dread and sorrow.
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Decade lasting Romanian invasion on pretty much all of the prominent European festivals continued last year with, among others, Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills. Mungiu brought his film to Cannes… read review
Beyond the Hills [orig. Dupa Dealuri] (UR would be R / 4 Stars) Excruciatingly sad Romanian film about two young women, Alina and Voichita, who grew up together in a Romanian orphanage… read review
Marvelous and romanian-escally witty and intelligent drama from Cristian Mungiu, the leading pioneer of the critically and globbaly appraised Romanian New Wave. Dwelling on the same aesthetics of the… read review