WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF THE MONASTERY.

THE MONASTERY is the story about the 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 Jorgen Laursen Vig bought Hesbjerg Castle, situated in the Danish countryside, with the purpose of turning it into a monastery. Now, many years later, he is about to realize his old dream. 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 the road to fulfilling his dream is very different than what he imagined.

AWARDS

  • 2008 Best International Feature - Cinema Eye Award, New York (US)
  • 2008 Best Documentary - Bodil Awards (Denmark)
  • 2007 Full Frame Grand Jury Award - Full Frame Festival, Durham (US)
  • 2007 The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award - Full Frame Festival, Durham (US)
  • 2007 Chicago Doc Grand Prix - Chicago International Doc Festival 2007 (US)
  • 2007 Millennium Award - Planete Doc Review Film Festival (Poland)
  • 2007 The Kino magazine Award - Planete Doc Review Film Festival (Poland)
  • 2007 Canvas Award - Docville Film Festival (Belgium)
  • 2007 FIPRESCI Award for Best Documentary - Sydney Film Festival (Australia)
  • 2007 Audience Award - Moscow International Film Festival (Russia)
  • 2006 1st Price - The Joris Ivens Award - IDFA, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Mr. Vig is an elderly, deeply eccentric, never-married Dane, living alone in a ramshackle castle; he dreams of donating his homestead to the Russian Orthodox Church to become a monastery. In a long black overcoat, with a shock of unruly white hair, and glasses perched on the tip of his nose, he looks like a character straight out of Dickens.
Enter Sister Ambrosija, a remarkably attractive young Russian nun, who arrives with a small entourage and plans to whip the place into shape. A whirlwind of activity (days begin at 5:30 am), she insists upon extensive repairs; Mr. Vig wants Band-Aids where she suggests surgery. Their contest of wills plays out in humorous, offbeat encounters that take unexpected turns as two unlikely people find companionship and common ground. Hauntingly shot, THE MONASTERY is a modern fairytale with timeless roots.

Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum, New York

NOMINATIONS

  • 2008 Spirit Awards “Best Documentary” Los Angeles, California
  • 2007 Sundance Film Festival “World Cinema Competition” Park City, USA
  • 2007 European Film Awards “Best Documentary” Berlin, Germany

SPECIAL MENTION

  • 2007 Jury’s Special Mention - Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK)
  • 2007 Honour Mention - It's All True - 12th International Doc Festival (Brazil)
  • 2006 Special Mention - CPH:DOX International Doc Festival (Denmark)

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

  • Amsterdam, IDFA / The Netherlands (23-11-2006 - 03-12-2006)
  • Sundance Film Festival / USA (18-01-2007 - 28-01-2007)
  • Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival / Finland (24-01-2007 - 28-01-2007)
  • Göteborg International Film Festival / Sweden (26-01-2007 - 05-02-2007)
  • Mexico City Intl Contemp FF / Mexico (21-02-2007 - 05-03-2007)
  • Adelaide International Film Festival / Australia (22-02-2007 - 04-03-2007)
  • Colombia, True/False Film Festival / USA (01-03-2007 - 04-03-2007)
  • Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival / Israel (15-03-2007 - 24-03-2007)
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival / Greece (16-03-2007 - 25-03-2007)
  • Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF / Brazil (22-03-2007 - 01-04-2007)
  • Belfast Film Festival / Ireland (22-03-2007 - 01-04-2007)
  • Torino Infinity Festival / Italy (29-03-2007 - 05-04-2007)
  • Chicago International Documentary Festival / USA (30-03-2007 - 08-04-2007)
  • Durham, Full Frame / USA (12-04-2007 - 15-04-2007)
  • Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival / Canada (19-04-2007 - 29-04-2007)
  • San Francisco Int. Film Festival / USA (26-04-2007 - 10-05-2007)
  • München Documentary Festival / Germany (02-05-2007 - 11-05-2007)
  • Bucharest International Film Festival / Romania (04-05-2007 - 14-05-2007)
  • Warsawa, Planete Doc Review / Poland (11-05-2007 - 20-05-2007)
  • Sao Paulo, Cinema do Brasil / Brazil (11-05-2007 - 11-05-2007)
  • Krakow Documentary And Short Film Festival / Poland (31-05-2007 - 05-06-2007)
  • Sofia Royal Danish Embassy / Bulgaria (01-06-2007 - 07-06-2007)
  • Sydney Film Festival / Australia (08-06-2007 - 24-06-2007)
  • SilverDocs AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival / USA (12-06-2007 - 17-06-2007)
  • Moscow Int. Film Festival / Russia (21-06-2007 - 30-06-2007)
  • Taipei Film Festival / Taiwan (22-06-2007 - 09-07-2007)
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival / Czech Republic (29-06-2007 - 07-07-2007)
  • Anthropology Film Festival Pärnu / Estonia (08-07-2007 - 14-07-2007)
  • Galway International Film Festival, Film Fleadh / Ireland (10-07-2007 - 15-07-2007)
  • Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival / South Africa
  • Wellington, New Zealand Film Festival / New Zealand (13-07-2007 - 29-07-2007)
  • Melbourne Film Festival / Australia (25-07-2007 - 12-08-2007)
  • Britdoc Festival / Great Britain (25-07-2007 - 27-07-2007)
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival / Great Britain (15-08-2007 - 26-08-2007)
  • Odense Film Festival / Denmark (27-08-2007 - 01-09-2007)
  • Perm, Flahertiana Int. Documentary Film Festival / Russia (07-09-2007 - 13-09-2007)
  • European Documentary Symposium / Latvia (08-09-2007 - 12-09-2007)
  • Oulu Nordisk Panorama / Finland (21-09-2007 - 26-09-2007)
  • Reykjavik Film Festival / Iceland (27-09-2007 - 07-10-2007)
  • Yamagata Int. Documentary Film Festival / Japan (04-10-2007 - 11-10-2007)
  • Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival / Iran (15-10-2007 - 19-10-2007)
  • Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival / Portugal (18-10-2007 - 28-10-2007)
  • Vienna Film Festival, Viennale / Austria (19-10-2007 - 31-10-2007)
  • Aarhus Filmfestival / Denmark (23-10-2007 - 28-10-2007)
  • Malmö, M: Dox / Sweden (26-10-2007 - 28-10-2007)
  • Bath Film Festival / Great Britain (01-11-2007 - 11-11-2007)
  • Sevilla Festival de Cine / Spain (02-11-2007 - 10-11-2007)
  • Maribor, DokMa / Slovenia (02-11-2007 - 07-11-2007)
  • Budapest, Verzio Documentary Film Festival / Hungary (06-11-2007 - 11-11-2007)
  • Sheffield Documentary Film Festival / Great Britain (07-11-2007 - 11-11-2007)
  • Amsterdam, IDFA / The Netherlands (22-11-2007 - 02-12-2007)
  • Bratislava International Film Festival / Slovakia (30-11-2007 - 08-12-2007)
  • Tallinn Tarta, Black Nights Film Festival / Estonia (30-11-2007 - 09-12-2007)
  • Belgrade, Fest. of European Feature Doc. / Serbia (26-01-2008 - 30-01-2008)

DIRECTOR'S BIO

Pernille Rose Grønkjær on www.DanishDocumentary.com

PRODUCER'S BIO

Sigrid Dyekjær on www.DanishDocumentary.com

CONTACT

World Sales:

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Denmark

Contact: pernille@danishdocumentary.com

Affectionate but admirably unsentimental. With his snowy, spade-shaped beard and threadbare scarecrow’s duds, Vig looks like a character from some blackly comic or angst-ridden 19th-century Scandinavian novel come to life.

Leslie Felperin, VARIETY

★★★★★ Quietly smouldering pleasure

Politiken

Touches on dreams, fear, love, and death and what’s left after it.

Adina Bradeanu, DOX MAGAZINE

CREDITS

Thank you: Jørgen Laursen Vig, Nun Amvrosija ✭ Director and Cinematographer: Pernille Rose Grønkjær ✭ Film Editor: Pernille Bech Christensen ✭ Sound Designer: Kristian Eidnes Andersen ✭ Composer: Johan Söderqvist ✭ Producer: Sigrid Dyekjær ✭ Executive Producer: Michael Fleischer ✭ Line Producer: Ane Mandrup Pedersen ✭ Creative Consultant: Per K. Kirkegaard ✭ Dramaturgical Consultant: Jens Arentzen ✭ Additional Editor: Theis Schmidt ✭ Additional Sound Designer: Jacques Pedersen ✭ Assistant Editor: Anders Albjerg Kristiansen ✭ Office Production Assistant: Karina Skovgaard Olsen ✭ Other Assistants: Mathias Havelund Rasmussen, Kristine Sørensen, Vagn Eric Rose ✭ Still Photographer: Frej Schmedes ✭ Graphic Design: Traffic99 ✭ Colorgrade Consultant: Rasmus Videbæk ✭ Off-line: Tju-Bang Film A/S ✭ On-line and Colorgrading: Duckling & Supersonic, Jan Degn ✭ Sound recorded at: Mainstream ✭ Speak: Vladimir Pintchevski ✭ Orchestra: Kungliga Hovkapellet ✭ Conductor: Hans Ek ✭ Guitar: Mattias Torell ✭ Piano: Johan Söderqvist ✭ Orchestra Music recorded by: Jan Ugand, Fred Appelqvist ✭ Orchestration: Joakim Milder, Johan Söderqvist ✭ Music mixed by: Kristian Eidnes Andersen ✭ Many thanks to: Sekerin Ilija, Yvonne Jacobsen Suso, Jørgen ”Gimse” Nielsen, Jørgen Vilsgård Pedersen, All living at Hesbjerg, Anne Aagaard, Bent ”Murer” Madsen, The Board of the Hesbjerg Foundation, Matushka Igumenija, Father Feofan, The Russian Patriarchate, Tue Lund Nielsen and his family, Gitte Madsen and her family, Folmer Lund Nielsen, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Annette Arnholdt, Lynx Media, Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, Bettina Tvede, Phie Ambo, Janus Billeskov Jansen, Christina Bølling, Mikala Krogh, Jacob Thuesen ✭ The director wishes to thank: My family, Thomas, Hanne and Aage, Vita and Steen Christensen, Line Lytje Christensen and Mads Christensen, Sami Martin Saif, Ivan Rod ✭ Produced by Tju-Bang Film ✭ with support from The Danish Film Institute, Film Consultant Dola Bonfils, Nordic Film and TV Fund, Eva Færevaag ✭ in a co-production with: DR, YLE FST, Jenny Westergård ✭ Copyright ROSE FILM APS 2012