AT THE SHOE FACTORY
12 February 2012
The Shoe Factory, 304 Ermou Str / 8.30pm
Screening: Into Great Silence
Director: Philip Gröning
Language: French and Latin with English subtitles
“A rare celluloid experience that truly transports us into another
world” Time Out (UK).
Into Great Silence is the phenomenal box office smash hit about life
inside the Grande Chartreuse that has opened to rapturous acclaim
across the Western World. The director, Philip Gröning, made his
request 19 years ago to film inside the monastery where the last
photos taken were in 1960, only to be told that it was 'too early'
that maybe in 10 or 15 years... Eventually, as a result of this long
standing and trusted relationship between the Film Director and the
General Prior, permission to film was granted.
Into Great Silence is a very strict, next to silent documentary on
monastic life with no music except the chants in the monastery, no
interviews and no commentaries and is the first feature to document
life inside the mother house of the legendary Carthusian Order in
the French Alps. The viewer is invited to watch the films as part of
a meditative experience where the film becomes the monastery rather
than depicting one. A film for those who want to embrace awareness,
absolute presence and to contemplate the life of men who have
devoted themselves to God in the purest form.
The film won the Best Documentary Award in 2006 European Film Awards
and the 2005 Bavarian Film Awards, and Special Jury Prize for World
Cinema Documentary in SUNDANCE 2006.