A fervent reunion between long-separated
orphans begins this harrowing fable based
on a 2005 incident in a Moldavian convent.
Alina’s pious retreat into the remote
Orthodox sect led by a glowering patriarch
is disrupted by her devoted friend Voichita’s
ardent entreaties, which begin to resemble
demonic possession. Joining Mungiu’s Palme
d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, this
ongoing exploration of women bonding as
defense against totalitarian regimes stands
at the forefront of the Romanian New Wave’s
realist masterpieces. (2K DCP presentation) Contains brief nudity.
This Film Series brings together an eclectic range of films that deal with questions of gender
and sexuality in inventive, challenging and often unlikely ways. Moving beyond the purview of lesbian and/
or gay cinema, the series creates a platform for a wide variety of film and video work of queer import, from
avant-garde and arthouse to classic Hollywood and recent transnational cinema. Highlighting current work at
the intersection of cinema studies and queer politics, theory and history, each screening features a tailored
introduction by a scholar or filmmaker. Sponsored by the Cultural Studies Program, Film and Media Studies
Program, Department of Communication and Culture, Department of Gender Studies, Russian and East European
Institute, Department of American Studies and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Ryan Powell.