Into Great Silence
|Into Great Silence|
|Directed by||Philip Gröning|
|Produced by||Philip Gröning|
|Written by||Philip Gröning|
|Music by||monks of the Grande Chartreuse|
|Distributed by||Zeitgeist Films|
Into Great Silence (German: Die große Stille) is a 2005 documentary film directed by Philip Gröning. An international co-production between France, Switzerland and Germany, it is an intimate portrayal of the everyday lives of Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse, a monastery 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. They responded to Gröning 16 years later to say they were willing to permit him 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 a total of six months in 2002 and 2003. He filmed and recorded on his own, using no artificial light.
Gröning then spent two and a half years editing the film. The final cut contains neither spoken commentary nor added sound effects. It consists of images and sounds that depict the rhythm of monastic life, with occasional intertitles displaying selections from Holy Scripture.
The film has experienced generally laudatory reception, with 89% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes responding with positive reviews in the T-metric section 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
- Into Great Silence on IMDb
- Into Great Silence at AllMovie
- Official web page
- Slant Magazine Film Review by Keith Uhlich
- U.S. distributor: Zeitgeist films - includes 12 page press kit, downloadable