Release Date: 2013-03-08
NYC and/or LA Release
Film Genre(s): Drama
Inspired by the tragic death of a young woman in a Romanian Orthodox monastery in 2005, set in an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania where Alina (Cristina Flutur) has been reunited with her childhood friend Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) after spending several years in Germany. Alina wants to leave and go to back Germany, and wants Voichita, a novice nun, to go with her. But Voichita has found refuge in faith and a family in the nuns and their priest (Valeriu Andriuta) and refuses. When Alina challenges the priest in an attempt to win back Voichita’s affection, she is suspected of being possessed.
This premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it won for Best Actress (for its two leads) and Best Screenplay. It was also featured in the 2012 Toronto, New York and AFI film festivals.