Indie Trailer Sunday: Cristian Mungiu's Religious Film 'Beyond the Hills'
Today's trailer is for a highly acclaimed Romanian thriller, the latest from the award-winning director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. It's called Beyond the Hills, written and directed by Cristian Mungiu. One of the most interesting parts about this comes directly from the synopsis: "Beyond the Hills was inspired by an alleged case of demonic possession in Romania in 2005." But it's actually much more of a thrilling tale of friendship and love between two women at a convent in Romania, where one has arrived to coax the other to leave. This won the Best Actress(es) and Best Screenplay awards in Cannes after premiering there last year.
Watch the official US release trailer for Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills, in high def from Apple:
Alina (Cristina Flutur) goes to Romania from Germany, hoping to bring her friend Voichita (Cosmina Stratan)—the only person in the world she loves and was loved by—back to her. But Voichita has found God—and God is a hard lover to be jealous of. Alina wishes to take Voichita away from her remote monastery and back to Germany, but as it comes time to leave, Voichita doesn't seem ready to go. Alina decides to stick around to convince her friend, a decision that will spiral into dark and disturbing places.
Beyond the Hills is directed by award-winning Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu, of the films Occident and Palme d'Or 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. The film was inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran. Sundance Selects is releasing Beyond the Hills in limited theaters starting on March 8th.