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‘Beyond the Hills’ by Cristian Mungiu, at Toronto Film Festival

‘Beyond the Hills,’ the latest film by Cristian Mungiu, will be present at the Toronto Film Festival, on September 6 – 16. The film will be part of a lineup that includes famous productions like ‘Amour’ by Michael Haneke, awarded with the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, ‘Something in the Air’ by Olivier Assayas, and ‘Pieta’ by Kim Ki-duk. ‘Beyond the Hills’ tells the story of two girls, Alina (Cristina Flutur) and Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), which grew together at the orphanage and then found each other again at a remote convent in Romania. Alina wants to leave the convent and go to Germany, and tries to convince Voichita into accompanying her. Voichita, however, is deeply attached to the religious life. When Alina opposes the priest, she is taken to hospital, and those who take her of her start believing that she is possessed by the devil. The cast of the film also includes Dana Tapalaga, Catalina Harabagiu and Valeriu Andriuta. The movie ran in the official contest of the Cannes Festival this year, where it received two awards: Best Screenplay and Best Actress, granted ex-aequo to Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan.

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