Beyond the Hills is a new Romanian film which tells the true story of a novice in a Romanian monastery in 2005 who underwent such a severe form of exorcism that he died.
The director Cristian Mungiu said: “I always try to get inspired by life itself and by things I see happening close to me. The film deals with two different way of understanding love, about abuse, and about what people are asked to do in the name of love. And hopefully it speaks about this desire we all have whenever we make decisions – we hope we make them with our own heads and not in the name of any kind of ideology which can be extreme.”
The film also features the friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany.
Having been presented at various international film festivals, Beyond the Hills is now in cinemas across Europe.
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