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.
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.
|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|
|mother elena||liliana mocanu|
|father nuşu||doru ana|
|doctor solovăstru||costache babii|
|doctor radu||alina berzunţeanu|
|police inspector||teodor corban|
|female parishoner||tania popa|
|doctor neagu||petronela grigorescu|
|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.|
|head nurse||ecaterina ţugulea|
|a patient||nicoleta lefter|
|a man in the car||adrian ancuţa|
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