Reality through films: depicturing tough cases

The new series aims at screening films inspired by disturbing real life cases, with a focus on the Central/Eastern Europe setting. For the first two weeks, we have chosen Beyond the Hills and Just the Wind. We welcome any suggestions of films that would fit this theme.

This week’s screening:

Dupa dealuri (Beyond the Hills, Romania, 2012)

director: Cristian Mungiu

150 minutes

In Romanian with English subtitles

Imagine

In the spring of 2005, a novice nun at a remote convent in north-eastern Romania heard (or thought she heard) the Devil’s voice inside her head. The convent priest’s solution was to perform an exorcism. He ordered 23-year-old Maricica Irina Cornici to be bound to a cross and gagged with a towel. Then he left her alone in a damp, dark room until the cure could take effect. She died three days later of suffocation and dehydration.

Beyond the Hills refashions Maricica Cornici as “Alina”, an angry, angular orphan who washes up at a monastery in search of her old friend Voichita, who has remade herself as a nun. The film is fiction but the details are authentic. The creative choices, too, seem oddly telling. (The Guardian)

Trailer here.

Friday, January 31, 18:00

Zrinyi 14, room 412

Next screening:

Csak a szel (Just the Wind, Hungary, 2012)

Director: Bence Fliegauf

86 minutes

in Hungarian with English subtitles

Imagine

In 2008 and 2009 in Hungary, a group of offenders committed acts of violence against Romanies. 16 homes were attacked with Molotov cocktails and 63 shots were fired with shotguns and rifles. The crimes total a number of 55 victims. Five people were injured to various degrees. Six died in the attacks. (…) Though instigated by these criminal acts, this film is not a documentation of the publicly released information on the actual events.

… while filming JUST THE WIND, it was more important to stay with the potential victims. It is a great challenge to get the audience to feel even a little bit of what the victims experience while they are being hunted. The heroes of my film are simple Romanies: a middle-aged mother raising her kids, an eleven year-old boy and a just-blooming teenage girl. The woman cares for her invalid father and in the meantime works as a cleaning lady, while the girl goes to school and the boy roams around the area near his home. Their paths diverge during the day and the question is: will they ever see each other again? (Director’s statement, europeanfilmawards.eu)

Trailer here.

Friday, February 7, 18:00

Zrinyi 14, room 412

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