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Sundance Selects Acquires Romanian Director Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond the Hills'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood February 18, 2012 at 12:36PM

Sundance Selects Acquires Romanian Director Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond the Hills'
Cristian Mungiu

Sundance Selects announced today that it was snapping up the North American rights to "Beyond the Hills," Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's third film.  Set in Romania, the film follows a young woman who returns to her home country after living in Germany and reunites with a friend she has known for years since their childhood in the same orphanage.  She has found a family in the nuns and priests of a rural convent, and refuses to return with her to Germany.

Mungiu's first film, "Occident," was featured at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.  His sophomore outing, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," won the 2007 Cannes Palme d'Or, making him the first Romanian filmmaker to win Cannes's top honor.

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