The Monastery – Mr Vig & The Nun

by Pernille Rose Grønkjær

The award-winning story about 82-year-old bachelor Mr. Vig, who has never known love, and Sister Amvrosija, a young Russian nun, who - by chance or destiny - becomes part of his life. 50 years ago Mr. Vig bought Hesbjerg Castle, with the dream of turning it into a monastery. Now, many years later, a group of Russian Orthodox nuns are on their way, and Mr. Vigs life-long dream is about to come true. But, nuns have plans and wills of their own, and Mr. Vig must realize that his dream becomes different than what he imagined.


Length: 84 min
Year of Production: 2006
Language: Danish
Subtitles: Danish, English
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital / 2.0 Russian voice over (by Katya Lensky)
Director: Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Producer: Sigrid Dyekjær
Available on: DVD (PAL) - VOD (DK, ENG subs)
Extras: Deleted scenes, Interview with Sister Amvrosija, Commentary track


Best International Feature,Cinema Eye Award, New York (US).
Best Documentary, Bodil Awards (Denmark)
Full Frame Grand Jury Award, Full Frame Festival, Durham (US)
The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, Full Frame Festival, Durham
Chicago Doc Grand Prix, Chicago International Doc Festival (US)

Millennium Award, Planete Doc Review Film Festival (Poland)
The Kino magazine Award, Planete Doc Review Film Festival (Poland)
Canvas Award, Docville Film Festival (Belgium)
FIPRESCI Award for Best Documentary, Sydney Film Festival (Australia)
Audience Award, Moscow International Film Festival (Russia)

The Joris Ivens Award, IDFA, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Jury’s Special Mention - Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK)
Honour Mention, It's All True - 12th International Doc Festival (Brazil)
Special Mention - CPH:DOX International Documentary Festival (Denmark)