by Philip Groening

35mm, color, 164’, 2005

coproduction with Philip Groening Filmproduktion, Bavaria Film, TSI, cine plus, BR and ZDF/arte

international version

Awards: Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize, Bayerischer Filmpreis 2005: Best Documentary film, German Critics Award, Deutscher Filmpreis Nomination, Prix Arte Best European documentary 2006, Deutscher Kamerapreis, Premio Ennio Flaiano: Best Camera & Best Film, German Films: Film of the year, Sao Paulo International Film Festival: Jury Prize, Preis der deutschen Filmkritik Berlin: Best Documentary

INTO GREAT SILENCE is the first film that documents daily life behind the walls of the Grande Chartreuse. Director Philip Groening spent six months in retreat in the legendary cloister, sharing the life of the Carthusian monks. A life dictated by the vow of silence and the strict rules of seclusion. The images he has captured in a world focused on spirituality give the spectator a unique opportunity of living an extraordinary experience of intense silence.