Two or three days ago I did a brief sitdown with Beyond The Hills director Cristian Mungiu, whom I consider to be a major, world-class talent and a master of plain, austere minimalism. I had last spoken with him during promotion for the great Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days. I’m off to see Beyond The Hills again right now; a dinner with Mungiu and other admirers will follow.

The 65th Cannes Film Festival jury gave the Best Actress award to Beyond The Hills costars Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur.