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(photo © 2005 Philip Groening/VG Bild Kunst)

Silence. Repetition. Rhythm.

INTO GREAT SILENCE is a very strict, next to silent meditation on monastic life in a very pure form. No music except the chants in the monastery, no interviews, no commentaries, no extra material. Changing of time, seasons, and the ever repeated elements of the day, of the prayer. A film to become a monastery, rather than depict one. A film on awareness, absolute presence, and the life of men who devoted their lifetimes to God in the purest of form.

Contemplation. An object in time.
Genre Art, Religion
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2005
Director Philip Gröning
Screenplay Philip Gröning
Cinematography Philip Gröning
Philip Gröning
Producers Michael Weber, Philip Gröning, Andres Pfaeffli, Elda Guidinetti
Production Company Philip Gröning Filmproduktion/Düsseldorf, in co-production with Venturafilms/Meride, Bavaria Film, cine plus Filmproduktion, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ZDF, in cooperation with ARTE, TSI Televisione Svizzera/Lugano
Runtime 162 min
Format color
Subtitled Versions English, Italian
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Venice 2005, Toronto 2005, Dok Leipzig 2005, Seville 2005, Sundance 2006 (In Competition), Goteborg 2006, Rotterdam 2006, New Directors/New Films NY 2006, Hong Kong 2006, Mexico City 2006, San Francisco 2006, It's All True Sao Paulo 2006, Paris Cinema 2006, Pescara 2006, New Zealand IFF 2006, Hamptons 2006, Palm Springs 2007, Havana 2007, Message to Man St. Petersburg 2013, IDFA 2017
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2005 (Best Documentary), German Film Critics Award 2005 (Best Documentary), Special Jury Award Sundance 2006, Grand Jury Award: Best Documentary Sao Paulo 2006, Premio Flaiano Pescaro 2006, European Film Award: Prix Arte 2006
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmbuero NW
German Distributor X Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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