The Romanian New Wave Crests: Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond the Hills'


Cristian Mungiu

The Romanian New Wave Crests: Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond the Hills' by Costica Bradatan

September 21st, 2013 reset - +

Cristian Mungiu took the film world by storm in 2007 with 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile), which won that year's Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2012, he came up with an equally challenging work, Beyond the Hills (După dealuri), which was at once well received (winning two important awards at the 2012 Cannes Festival) and hotly debated. Los Angeles Review of Books has invited a handful of people to talk about the  significance of the film and the story behind it: Anikó Imre, Jean Harris, Clara Dawson and Jolyon Mitchell, as well as Cristian Mungiu himself. 

— Costica Bradatan 


Aniko ImreANIKÓ IMRE: Romania, the post-Ceauşescu church, and the figure of the tragic lesbian.



Christian MungiuLARB editor COSTICA BRADATAN interviews CRISTIAN MUNGIU




Mitchell and DawsonCLARA DAWSON and JOLYON MITCHELL on religion, pharamaceuticals, violence, and asceticism.



Jean HarrisJEAN HARRIS on the true story behind the film.