Into Great Silence
|Into Great Silence|
Promotional movie poster for the film
|Directed by||Philip Gröning|
|Music by||monks of the Grande Chartreuse|
|Distributed by||Zeitgeist Films|
|Running time||162 min.|
Into Great Silence (German: Die Große Stille) is a documentary film directed by Philip Gröning that was first released in 2005. It is an intimate portrayal of the everyday lives of Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse, high in the French Alps (Chartreuse Mountains).
The idea for the film was proposed to the monks in 1984, but the Carthusians said they wanted time to think about it. The Carthusians finally contacted Gröning 16 years later to say they were now willing to permit Gröning to shoot the movie, if he was still interested. Gröning then came alone to live at the monastery, where no visitors were ordinarily allowed, for four and a half months starting in mid-March 2002. He filmed and recorded the sound on his own, using no artificial light. Additional shooting of the documentary took place in December and January; Gröning spent a total of six months filming in the monastery and took about two and a half years to edit the film before its release. The film has neither commentary nor sound effects added, consisting only of images and sounds of the rhythm of monastic life.
The film has experienced generally laudatory reception, with 89% critics responding with positive reviews at T-metric section of Rotten Tomatoes and a "certified fresh" rating. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting listed Into Great Silence as one of the best ten films of 2007. The Carthusian monks themselves loved the film.
- Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Festival.
- European Film Awards 2006, Documentary - Prix Arte
- Bavarian Film Award best documentary film on Friday, 13. January 2006
- Film Award of the German Association of Film Critics, best documentary film, 2006
- Film Award of the German Film Critics, best documentary film, 2006
- Film Award German Camera, best camera in a documentary film, 2006
- Jury Film Award for the best documentary film in the international festival contest of São Paulo / Rio de Janeiro
- International Ennio Flaiano Award of Pescara in Italy for best camera and best film
- St. Bruno, the founder of the Carthusian Order
- Cistercians (another monastic order which practices silence)
- Desert Fathers