AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2012 | AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2012
Twenty-year-old Voichita has found refuge in her faith at an Orthodox convent, in the middle of a Romanian coun- tryside seemingly untouched by time. Although her heart is filled with love for God, there is still room for her soul- mate Alina, with whom she was raised at an orphanage. On a visit to the convent from Germany, Alina imagines a new life for her friend. But what she thought would be a simple decision turns into a true ordeal. After his celebrated and unsettling 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Cristian Mungiu once again takes a keen, brutally honest look at his society, caught between tradition and modernity. Fast-moving and breathtakingly beautiful, Beyond the Hills navigates between desire and constraint, freedom and obedience, deftly drawing us in. This meticulously crafted gem, which rightly won the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes, is carried by the moving performances of the disarmingly natural Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, whose talent was likewise recognized at Cannes. Don’t miss it.