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Into Great Silence DVD

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Into Great Silence

One of the most mesmerizing and poetic chronicles of spirituality ever created, Into Great Silence dissolves the border between screen and audience with a total immersion into the hush of monastic life. More mediation than documentary, it's a rare, transformative theatrical experience for all.


Awards

  • Official Selection

    Venice Film Festival

  • Official Selection

    Toronto Film Festival

  • Winner of Special Jury Prize

    World Cinema Documentary Jury - Sundance Film Festival

  • Winner of Documentary 2006 Award

    European Film Academy - Prix Arte

  • Offical Selection - New Directors

    New Film Festival

  • Official Selection

    Rotterdam Film Festival

Description

Nestled deep in the postcard-perfect French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is considered one of the world's most ascetic monasteries.

In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Groning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back to him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Groning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks' quarters for six months - filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals and rare outdoor excursions.

This transcendent, closely observed film seeks to embody a monastery, rather than simply depict one - it has no score, no voiceover and no archival footage. What remains is stunningly elemental: time, space and light. One of the most mesmerizing and poetic chronicles of spirituality ever created,
Into Great Silence dissolves the border between screen and audience with a total immersion into the hush of monastic life. More mediation than documentary, it's a rare, transformative theatrical experience for all.

Engrossing, Entrancing... - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

A Transcendent, Transforming Experience
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Utterly Spellbinding!
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

In French and Latin with English Subtitles


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