Archive of films The Monastery / The Monastery

2006, 84 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2007

An old man and his romantic dream... The story of 82-year-old bachelor Mr. Vig and the young nun Amvrosija who, as fate would have it, becomes a part of his life. Humour and wisdom in a documentary that won the Joris Ivens Award at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.


Mr. Vig, an 82-year-old bachelor, has never known love but has always followed his heart, and he has never given up on his 50-year-old romantic dream. Fifty years ago, Jorgen Lauersen Vig bought the castle of Hesbjerg in the Danish countryside with the intention of building a monastery here. Now, in his declining years, he wants to make his dream a reality. He offers the castle to the Russian Orthodox Church, and a delegation of nuns is coming to view it. The nuns however have plans of their own that dramatically alter Mr. Vig’s life. He realises that the road to fulfilling his dream is completely different from what he had initially imagined...

About the director

Pernille Rose Grønkjær (b. 1973, Denmark) graduated in documentary film direction from the National Film School of Copenhagen in 1997. A year later she debuted with the hour-long documentary Those Were the Days (1998). Other selected works include the half-hour documentary film Repeating Grandpa (Min morfar forfra, 2001) and the television series A Complicated Family Life (Det komplicerede familieliv, 2004) and The Family (Familien, 2005). For her feature length documentary The Monastery she was awarded Joris Ivens Award at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.


Danish Film Institute
Gothersgade 55, 1123, Copenhagen
Tel: +45 337 434 00
Fax: +45 337 434 01
E-mail: [email protected]

First Hand Films GmbH
Neunbrunnenstraße 50, CH - 8050, Zürich
Tel: +41 443 122 060
Fax: +41 443 122 080
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Dir. of Photography: Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Music: Johan Söderquist
Editor: Pernille Bech
Producer: Sigrid Dyekjær
Production: Tju-Bang Films a.s.
Contact: Danish Film Institute, First Hand Films GmbH


Christian Juhl Lemche

Film Institution Rep.


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