Dir. Anne Frances Ewert - 2018 - Ireland/Germany
This heartwarming, invigorating debut from Anna Frances Ewert transports us to a Cistercian monastery in the Irish countryside where seven ageing monks struggle to keep their devout community running. We watch as they pray, exercise, tend to cattle, tend to one another, and pray again. But more than anything, we listen as these wise, humble men reflect on their lives and their philosophies. Ewert's presence in the movie — as a compassionate interlocutor and as a hyper-attuned camera operator — elevates her project to the sublime.
"Supremely confident and achingly compassionate filmmaking." Cinema Faith: https://cinemafaith.com/articles/truefalse-film-festival-2018-day-2/