Beyond the Hills, directed by Cristian Mungiu, is included in the official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival (6 – 16 September), the most important event of the kind in North America. The film has been included in the Masters section – dedicated to the most celebrated filmmakers of the moment -, along with other feature film directors such as Michael Haneke (Amour, Palme d’Or winner in 2012), Abbas Kiarostami, Kim Ki-duk, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Winterbottom and Olivier Assayas.
Toronto, the world film business centre, presents more than 300 films each year and the Masters section includes only 14 titles. For the last three editions, the number of spectators and of film industry proffesionals to part at the festival, has reached more than 260.000.
The other prestigious festival in which Cristian Mungiu’s third feature film is selected, is that of the New York Film Festival (28 September – 14 October). The 50th edition of the event, organised by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, gathered 32 film productions, many of them already awarded in festivals. Beyond the Hills will have its screening along with Amour, Michael Haneke’s latest film, Like Someone in Love, by Abbas Kiarostami, Après mai, by Olivier Assayas, Barbara, Christian Petzold’s film, winner of a Silver Bear in Berlin and Tabu, directed by Miguel Gomes, who also won in Berlin an Alfred Bauer Award and FIPRESCI Prize.
One month later, the film will have its premiere in Los Angeles, during AFI Fest (1–8 November), the festival organised by the prestigious American Film Institute.
Following the 65th edition of Cannes Film Festival awards for best screenplay and best actress prize, shared by both actresses – Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur – Beyond the Hills has been selected and invited in over 25 festivals around the world, being already screened at first class festivals such as those of Sarajevo, Moscova and Karlovy Vary.
Beyond the Hills is written and directed by Cristian Mungiu, inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu-Bran. The cinematography is signed by Oleg Mutu, the main cast includes actresses Cosmina Stratan (Voichiţa) and Cristina Flutur (Alina), both at their debut in film, and actors Valeriu Andriuţă (Father) and Dana Tapalagă (Mother Superior).
The film tells the story of two girls who grew up together and who meet again after a few years of separation. Alina returns from Germany to take Voichiţa with her, the only friend from her childhood to whom she’s still very attached. Voichiţa however, found her path in faith, the nuns she lives among at the monastery replaced the family she’s never had. Alina fights with all her powers to reclaim Voichiţa’s affection, making everyone around her wonder where the force that animates her so comes from.
Beyond the Hills is a Mobra Films production and is co-produced by Why Not Productions (France), Les Films du Fleuve (Belgium), France 3 Cinema and Mandragora Movies (Romania). The film is made with the support of National Centre of Cinematography, of Eurimages and of Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animée (France), and with the participation of Canal+, France Télévisions, Ciné+ and Wild Bunch (France).
International sales – Wild Bunch.
The film already has sales agents in over 30 countries.