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Alina gets back from Germany to bring Voichita – the only person she loves and was loved by in this world – back to her. But Voichita found God – and God is the most difficult lover one can be jealous of.

Cristian Mungiu

Born in Iași, Romania, 1968. His first feature, Occident, was premiered in Director’s Fortnight in Cannes in 2002. In 2007, his second feature, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, was awarded the Golden Palm. Beyond the Hills is his third film as writer – director.

Oleg Mutu – Director of Photography

Born in Chisinau, USSR, 1972. Mutu graduated from the Academy of Theater and Film in Bucharest in 1998. Cinematographer of, among others, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, 2005) and 4 months 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007), he is the DoP on two films in Official Competition in Cannes this year: Beyond the Hills and In the Fog by Sergei Loznitsa.

Tatiana Niculescu Bran

In 2006, while editor in chief of BBC World Service Bureau in Bucharest, Tatiana Niculescu Bran published “Spovedanie la Tanacu” (“Deadly Confession”), a non-fiction novel which documents the events at the Tanacu monastery in Romania, where a young woman visiting a novice was supposedly subjected to an exorcism, and died within weeks after her arrival. The incident took place in 2005, and made the headlines in the Romanian and international press at the time. Tatiana Niculescu Bran followed the case and published a second non fiction novel, “Cartea Judecatorilor” (“The Book of the Judges”), in 2007, which focuses on the trial of the defrocked priest who conducted the exorcism.

“Deadly Confession” was adapted by the author herself for the stage – a play directed by Andrei Serban premiered in New York in 2007 at LaMama Theatre.

Tatiana Niculescu Bran graduated the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest and the European Institute of Journalism in Brussels. Between 1995 and 2004, she worked as a radio producer and presenter for the Romanian Section of the BBC WS in London. She was editor in chief of the BBC WS Bucharest office between 2004 and 2008.

In 2011, she published the novel “Noptile Patriarhului” (“The Patriarch’s Nights”) and in 2012 the novel “In tara lui Dumnezeu” (“In God’s Country”), an African story.

 

Cosmina Stratan – Voichiţa

Born in Iasi, Romania, 1984. She studied journalism and advertising before graduating in acting from UNATC Bucharest. She acted in several short films during her studies, and worked as a journalist at Opinia Studenteasca where Cristian Mungiu made his print debut some 15 years ago. Cosmina later received awards for her work as a TV reporter. Her role in Beyond the Hills marks her feature film debut.

Cristina Flutur – Alina

Born in Iasi, Romania, 1978. She studied languages at the Alexandra Ion Cuza University in Iasi, graduating in 2000, before studying acting in Cluj. Right after graduation, in 2004 she became an actress of the National Theater “Radu Stanca” in Sibiu where she currently works. As a theater actress she has played a various range of parts from Shakespeare and Chekhov to Steinbeck and Ionesco. Beyond the Hills is her first feature film.

Valeriu Andriuţă – The Priest

Born in Lazovsk, USSR, 1967. Valeriu studied polytechnics in Chisinau before graduating as an actor in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1993. He moved to Bucharest and studied theater directing, graduating in 1998. During his studies, starting in 1994, he acted in all Cristian Mungiu’s fiction shorts, and in 2002 appeared in the director’s feature debut, Occident (Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes 2002). Andriuta staged and directed several theater plays while continuing to work as a theater and film actor before directing a couple of short films himself. He currently lives in Ireland. Andriuta’s role in Beyond the Hills is his tenth appearance in a film directed by Cristian Mungiu.

Dana Tapalagă – Mother Superior

Born in Botosani, Romania, 1968. She started working at the local theater in Botosani even before studying professional acting, as a colleague of Vlad Ivanov (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days). She later moved to Bucharest, graduating in acting at the Academy of Theater and Film, and appeared in several plays. She currently works as a freelance actress, with her voice as her principal professional instrument – in commercials, television or dubbing. Her part in Beyond the Hills is her second encounter with cinema, after her debut in 1995.

voichiţa cosmina stratan
alina cristina flutur
the priest valeriu andriuţă
mother superior dana tapalagă
nun antonia cătălina harabagiu
nun iustina gina ţandură
sister elisabeta vica agache
nun pahomia nora covali
mr valerică dionisie vitcu
ionuţ ionuţ ghinea
mother elena liliana mocanu
father nuşu doru ana
doctor solovăstru costache babii
schoolteacher luminiţa gheorghiu
doctor radu alina berzunţeanu
police inspector teodor corban
policeman călin chirilă
camelia cristina cristian
female parishoner tania popa
doctor neagu petronela grigorescu
lieutenant radu zetu
captain ion sapdaru
a secretary diana chirilă ignat
sister arcadia liana petrescu
sister eudoxia alexandra agavriloaiei
sister tatiana alexandra apetrei
nun sevastiana katia pascariu
sister anastasia mara căruţaşu
doctor d.l. cerasela iosifescu
nurse gina ada bârleanu
nurse sandra mariana liurcă
ambulance assistant gheorghe ifrim
watchman mircea florin jr.
gabi marian adochiţei
head nurse ecaterina ţugulea
a patient nicoleta lefter
a man in the car adrian ancuţa
georgiana andreea boşneag
main crew list

written and directed by cristian mungiu

inspired by the non-fiction novels of tatiana niculescu bran

cinematography by oleg mutu

production design călin papură, mihaela poenaru

sound cristian tarnoveţchi

editing mircea olteanu