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Story of Tanacu exorcism enters Cannes competition

Romanian film director Cristian Mungiu, winner of the Palme d’Or 2007, returns on the Croisette in the Cannes competition with “Dupa dealuri/ Beyond the Hills”. Mungiu will vie for the  this year’s Palme d’Or with acclaimed directors David Cronenberg, Michael Haneke, Wes Anderson, Ken Loach and Alain Resnais, among others. “Beyond the Hills” written and directed by Cristian Mungiu, is inspired by the non-fiction novels of ale Tatiana Niculescu-Bransi, reenacts the events that took place in  Vaslui County in the summer of  2005, when an orphan girl, Irina Cornici, comes to the Monastery in the village of  Tanacu to see her schoolmate. While at the monastery, she experiences an extremely violent crisis, is admitted to the Psychiatry Department, then discharged, only to enter another crisis, which led to the monastery priest and nuns’ decision to exorcise the girl, which ultimately results in her demise. “Beyond the Hills” is produced by Mobra Films and co-produced by Why Not Productions (France), Les Films du Fleuve (Belgium), the film house of brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, France 3 Cinema and Mandragora Movies (Romania). The film was made with the participation of Canal+, France Télévisions, Ciné+ and Wild Bunch (France), with support from the National Center of Cinematography and with the contribution of Eurimages and Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animée (France). Mungiu first got noticed when he directed “Occident”, in 2002, and after he won the Palme d’Or, he also produced and participated in the making of “Memories from the Golden” (1 – “Comrades, life is beautiful!” and 2: “Love in the Spare Time”) in 2009. The 65th Cannes Film Festival will run May 16 – 27. Actress Berenice Bejo will be the host of the opening and closing gala of the festival.

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