Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Into Great Silence finally to be released in USA

The Catholic News Agency reports that the film Into Great Silence will finally be released in the US. The reviews of this film raise expectations that it may prove a significant and thought-provoking glimpse into a spirituality with historic roots common to both Western and Eastern Christianity, and which may well challenge viewers to reconsider their overly busy and distracted lives.

What follows are the first couple of paragraphs of the CNA story. To read the entire article, click on the title below.

Renowned documentary on monastic life makes US debut
Film offers glimpse into the lives of Carthusian Monks

New York, Feb 7, 2007 / 11:53 am (CNA).- A feature-length documentary on monastic life, which has had unexpected success on the big screen in Europe and Canada, will be released in theatres across the United States this month.

“Into Great Silence” is a nearly three-hour film, by German director Philip Groning, on life inside the Grande Chartreuse — the great, historic Carthusian monastery in the French Alps.

The film was released in France on Dec. 20, and had 18,500 viewers in its first week. According to La Croix, more than 120,000 moviegoers saw the film in a very limited number of French theatres.

“Into Great Silence” is described as a “very strict, next-to-silent meditation on monastic life in a very pure form.” The documentary does not include any interviews, commentaries or music, except for the monks’ chanting. The narrative relies on rhythm, on sound and movement.

See you at the theatre (and don't forget to turn off your cellular phone)!

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