Beyond the Hills
Beyond The Hills
(Cristian Mungiu, 2012)
Join us at the Gateway Film Center (located in the South Campus Gateway, just three blocks to our south) where we program a different exceptional independent or international title for a run of at least two weeks each month. Wexner Center members pay member pricing for all Wex at Gateway screenings—and save on most other movies at Gateway too.
This harrowing, visually stunning new film from director Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), iInspired by the nonfiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran, 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 for departure 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. Screen newcomers Flutur and Stratan shared the Best Actress prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for their remarkable lead performances, and Mungiu received the Best Screenplay award. (150 mins., DCP)
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Tickets available at the Gateway Film Center box office or at gatewayfilmcenter.com
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