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BREC presents

International Sunday Cinema - Beyond the Hills

Sunday 4 May 03:00 PM
Run time: 152 mins

International Sunday Cinema returns to BREC on the first Sunday in May!

Click here to find out about the next International Sunday Cinema screenings in June - The Hunt and Anna Karenina

MA 15+ : Romania : Drama : 152 mins

In an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania, Alina has just been reunited with Voichita after spending several years in Germany. The two young women have supported and loved each other since meeting as children in an orphanage. Alina wants Voichita to leave and return with her to Germany, but Voichita has found refuge in faith and a family in the nuns and their priest, and refuses. Alina cannot understand her friend's choice.

In her attempt to win back Voichita's affection, she challenges the priest. She is taken to hospital and the people of the monastery start to suspect that she is possessed. When the doctors send her back, Alina is included in the monastic routine in the hope that she will find peace. But her condition worsens and they finally have to tie her to a wooden plank to prevent her from hurting herself.

After ruling out all other options, the priest and nuns decide to read her prayers to deliver those possessed by the Evil One. They perform an exorcism, but the result is not what they had hoped, and Voichita begins to doubt the religious choice she has made. She decides to free Alina - but her decision comes too late. Inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran.

** Winner - Best Actress & Best Screenplay, 2012 Cannes Film Festival **

REVIEWS

"Mungiu has crafted an alarming and engaging real-life horror story, based on a 2005 case of exorcism."

Ed Gibbs, The Sun Herald

"What makes this movie unique is that it holds literally everyone in the film accountable for the unfortunate goings on."

Mathew DeKinder, Suburban Journals of St Louis