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105 Year-Old Manoel de Oliveira & Cristian Mungiu Line Up New Directorial Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2014 2:24 PM
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Manoel de Oliveira is 105 years-old, and while other filmmakers talk about retirement or wanting to try something different, the Portuguese director doesn't know the word quit. That's right, he's already in production on his next project, so whatever little complaints you might have about your day, maybe take it down a notch because Oliveira is still shuffling around, getting it down.

Review: Faith & Love Collide In Cristian Mungiu's Powerful 'Beyond The Hills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2013 7:01 PM
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Can blind, unquestioning devout faith be just as corrupting as sin? Can love be as all consuming as evil? These are the big, broad themes being explored in Cristian Mungiu's deliberate and somewhat cryptic "Beyond The Hills," a very slow burn drama that finds both religious and emotional obsession crossing paths with tragic and haunting results.

Exclusive: Clip From Cristian Mungiu's Powerful 'Beyond The Hills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2013 11:00 AM
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Stillness can be deceptive, and even among the hallowed and sacred grounds of an orthodox compound, that seemingly serene setting can have much more boiling beneath the surface. And in Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond The Hills" it's that unknowable factor that powers much of the drama in the film, which won awards for both its actresses at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

Exclusive: U.S. Poster For Cristian Mungiu's Cannes Award Winning Drama 'Beyond The Hills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2013 10:57 AM
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In one fell swoop, Cristian Mungiu seemingly put Romanian cinema on the map in 2007 with his excellent abortion drama "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days." With an unfussy style that favors long takes over continual edits, Mungiu's cinematic approach allows not only for heightened drama as viewers are pulled into the story on screen, but it also makes the actors the center of attention, and the performances in turn are much more real, raw and involving. And for his long-awaited followup feature "Beyond The Hills," Mungiu once again uses those tools to brilliant effect.

NYFF: Cristian Mungiu Disappointed With Church Reaction To 'Beyond The Hills,' Talks The Lack Of Romanian Cinema Culture

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 12, 2012 3:04 PM
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Cristian’s Mungiu’s “Beyond the Hills” took two substantial awards at its Cannes premiere -- Best Screenplay and Best Actress -- but this writer still can’t help but think word has been unfairly quiet about the rather phenomenal film after the Croisette cleared. Employing a much more refined aesthetic previously used in “4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days,” the filmmaker’s newest tackles rigid faith, emotional/spiritual turmoil, and grave indifference. Up at an Orthodox Church in rural Romania, Voichita (Cosmina Straten) meets with estranged best friend Alina (Cristina Flutur) and allows her to temporarily stay at the convent before leaving for Germany. Both former orphans (with a deeper relationship hinted at), the newcomer disapproves of Voichita’s religious calling and believes that she will join her in the move -- but when that doesn’t happen, both go to disastrous lengths to set the other on what they think is the right path.

NYFF: Cristian Mungiu On Social Control, Communism & Those Long Takes In 'Beyond The Hills'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 24, 2012 10:56 AM
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Though it took some time (and a stopover for an omnibus titled “Tales from the Golden Age”), Romanian auteur and Palm d’or recipient Cristian Mungiu has finally returned with a new full length film, “Beyond The Hills,” another penetrating, finespun narrative that took both Best Screenplay and Best Actress awards at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Here, the director starts off with a true story: Voichiţa (Cosmina Stratan) and Alina (Cristina Flutur) spent their childhood together in an orphanage before the two went their separate ways, the former becoming a nun in rural Romania and the other working odd-jobs in Germany. After years apart, the two decide to meet and it’s soon revealed, very subtly, that they had more than just a close friendship. But Voichiţa is supremely dedicated to her faith, and when she refuses a plan to leave the convent for Germany, Alina does all that she can to prove to her friend that her way of life is wrong.

5 Surprising & Controversial Cannes Film Festival Winners From Years Gone By

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 31, 2012 10:05 AM
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As much as people have quibbles with (much more democratically voted on) awards like the Oscars, the decisions by juries at film festivals tend to be even more contentious. Usually drawn from practitioners, actors, with a few other curious participants in there as well, jurors often come in with their own likes, dislikes and agendas, and in the absence of a unanimous choice, often end up settling for compromises.

Cannes Review: Faith & Love Collide In Cristian Mungiu's Powerful 'Beyond The Hills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 18, 2012 7:05 PM
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Can blind, unquestioning devout faith be just as corrupting as sin? Can love be as all consuming as evil? These are the big, broad themes being explored in Cristian Mungiu's deliberate and somewhat cryptic "Beyond The Hills," a very slow burn drama that finds both religious and emotional obsession crossing paths with tragic and haunting results.

First Look At Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond The Hills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 9:18 AM
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While we still wait and see what will be unveiled this year at the Cannes Film Festival -- we've taken a look at the contenders here -- one film that is already tipped to appear is the latest from "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days" helmer Cristian Mungiu. "Beyond The Hills" was recently snapped up by Sundance Selects, and now we've got our first look at the movie from our friends at Flix.

'4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days' Director Cristian Mungiu Finally Returning With Madness/Exorcism-Based Genre Flick

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 31, 2012 6:36 PM
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It's been a long five years since "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days." The Cristian Mungiu-directed drama took the Cannes Film Festival by storm in 2007, winning the coveted Palme d'Or prize and the FIPRESCI Award and essentially ushered in the Romanian New Wave (which depending on who you are, may or may not have lived up to its promise). While Mungiu did contribute to the 2009 Romanian omnibus picture "Tales from the Golden Age," a proper feature-length follow-up hasn't materialized.

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