Monks docu wins Euro award

'Into Great Silence' describes life in Carthusian monastery

BERLIN — Philip Groening’s “Into Great Silence,” which explores the lives of monks in a Carthusian monastery in the French Alps, has been named best documentary feature by the European Film Academy.

The prize will be presented at the European Film Awards ceremony in Warsaw on Dec. 2.

The jury, which included Bulgarian filmmaker Adela Peeva, German helmer Thomas Riedelsheimer and Polish producer Dorota Roszkowska, summed up their decision by saying, “For almost three hours, we were taken into another world — ‘Into Great Silence.’ And we appreciated it.”

The jury described the film as “thoughtful,” adding that it “touches on the mystic quality of belief and our need for stillness and silence in contrast to modern life. ‘Into Great Silence’ is a great film about humanity and our shared European background.”

Pic beat seven other docs nominated for the award.

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