The monastery / The Monastery

Pernille Rose Grønkjær (DK, 2006)

The Monastery (Pernille Rose Grønkjær, DK, 2006)
Foto: Frej Pries Schmedes

This is the story about Mr. Vig, a well educated 86 year old bachelor, and Sister Amvrosija, a Russian nun, who by chance, or destiny, becomes part of his life. Mr. Jørgen Laursen Vig is owner of a worn down castle situated in the Danish country side. All his life Mr. Vig has dreamed of turning his castle into a Russian orthodox monastery.

CategoryDK/Documentary - Portrait films

Basic information

Danish titleThe Monastery
Other titlesSlottet, Mr. Vig and the Nun
ScreenplayJens Arentzen
Director of PhotographyPernille Rose Grønkjær
Danish festival release2006-11-16
Danish theatrical release21.09.2007
Production countryDenmark
Dialogue languageDanish, English, Russian
Duration84 min.
Production companyTju-Bang Film
Co-producer YLE, DR
International saleFirst Hand Films World Sales / Neunbrunnenstrasse 50 / 8050 Zürich / Switzerland / t +41 44 312 2060 / f +41 44 312 2080 / /
Festival informationDanish Film Institute
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Additional information

Technical info35 mm
Length in meters2298 m
Danish ratingAllowed for all

Full credits

Per K. KirkegaardCreative supervisor
Jens ArentzenDramaturgical consultant
Jens ArentzenDramaturge
Per K. KirkegaardScreenwriter
Michael FleischerExecutive producer
Ane Mandrup PedersenLine producer
Karina SkovgaardProduction assistant
Pernille Rose GrønkjærCinematography
Theis SchmidtAdditional editing
Anders Albjerg KristiansenAssistant editor
Theis SchmidtB-editor
Per K. KirkegaardEditing supervisor
Jakob ThuesenEditing supervisor
Jacques PedersenAdditional sound
Visual effects
Rasmus VidebækColorgrading consultant
Jan DegnOnline and colorgrading
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Best Documentary:
Pernille Rose Grønkjær
2008 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2008
Outstanding Achievement International Feature 2008 Cinema Eye Honors 2008
Honorable Mention 2007 Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2007
Grand Jury Award 2007 Durham, Full Frame 2007
Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award 2007 Durham, Full Frame 2007
Grand Prix 2007 Chicago International Documentary Festival 2007
Millenium Award, best film 2007 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2007
The Kino magazine Award 2007 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2007
FIPRESCI Award best documentary 2007 Sydney Film Festival 2007
Canvas Price 2007 Leuven Short Film Festival Docville documentary festival 2007
Jury's Special Mention 2007 Edinburgh International Film Festival 2007
Best Documentary Film 2007 Aarhus Filmfestival 2007
Joris Ivens Award 2006 Amsterdam, IDFA 2006
Speciel Mention 2006 CPH:DOX 2006
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 24-04-2014
Bilbao Int. Festival of Documentary and Short Film 15-11-2013
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 15-03-2013
Shanghai, MIDA Documentary Film Festival 07-06-2010
Vilnius Sunday Dox 10-10-2009
Buenos Aires Danish Film Festival 16-06-2009
Aster Fest Makedonien 27-05-2009
Atlanta Danish Film Festival 18-01-2009
Danish Culture Institute, Beijing 10-10-2008
Bogota, Muestra Internacional Documental 22-09-2008
Reykjavik Shorts&Docs 22-08-2008
Dokufest Prizren 04-08-2008
Banja Luka International Film Festival 02-05-2008
Vilnius International Film Festival 03-04-2008
Cinema Eye Honors 18-03-2008
Hong Kong International Film Festival 17-03-2008
Oslo EuroDoc Film Festival 05-03-2008
Damascus Dox Box Festival 17-02-2008
Belgrade Balkankult Fondacija 01-02-2008
Belgrade, Fest. of European Feature Doc. 26-01-2008
Havana International FF of New Latin Cinema 04-12-2007
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 30-11-2007
Bratislava International Film Festival 30-11-2007
Amsterdam, IDFA 22-11-2007
Sheffield Doc/Fest 07-11-2007
Budapest, Verzio Documentary Film Festival 06-11-2007
Sevilla Festival de Cine 02-11-2007
Maribor, DokMa 02-11-2007
Bath Film Festival 01-11-2007
Malmö, M: Dox 26-10-2007
Aarhus Filmfestival 23-10-2007
Vienna Film Festival, Viennale 19-10-2007
Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival 18-10-2007
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 15-10-2007
Yamagata Int. Documentary Film Festival 04-10-2007
Reykjavik Film Festival 27-09-2007
Oulu Nordisk Panorama 21-09-2007
European Documentary Symposium 08-09-2007
Perm, Flahertiana Int. Documentary Film Festival 07-09-2007
Odense Internationale Film Festival 27-08-2007
Edinburgh International Film Festival 15-08-2007
Melbourne Film Festival 25-07-2007
Britdoc Festival 25-07-2007
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 13-07-2007
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 13-07-2007
Galway International Film Festival, Film Fleadh 10-07-2007
Anthropology Film Festival Pärnu 08-07-2007
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 29-06-2007
Taipei Film Festival 22-06-2007
Moscow Int. Film Festival 21-06-2007
SilverDocs AFI Documentary Festival 12-06-2007
Sydney Film Festival 08-06-2007
Sofia - Royal Danish Embassy 01-06-2007
Krakow Film Festival 31-05-2007
Sao Paulo, Cinema do Brasil 11-05-2007
Warszawa, Against Gravity 11-05-2007
Bucharest International Film Festival 04-05-2007
München Documentary Festival 02-05-2007
San Francisco Int. Film Festival 26-04-2007
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 19-04-2007
Durham, Full Frame 12-04-2007
Chicago International Documentary Festival 30-03-2007
Torino Infinity Festival 29-03-2007
Belfast Film Festival 22-03-2007
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 22-03-2007
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 16-03-2007
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 15-03-2007
Columbia, True/False Film Festival 01-03-2007
Adelaide International Film Festival 22-02-2007
Mexico City Intl Contemp FF 21-02-2007
Göteborg International Film Festival 26-01-2007
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 24-01-2007
Sundance Film Festival 18-01-2007
Amsterdam, IDFA 23-11-2006
CPH:DOX 10-11-2006
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Registration of festival participation and awards

The Danish Film Institute registers international festival participation and awards for Danish films, though primarily for films whose festival distribution is handled by the Danish Film Institute, and primarily in connection with festivals prioritised by the Danish Film Institute. Festival participation and awards regarding Danish films that are not handled through the Danish Film Institute's festival distribution will only be registered in connection with "launch" festivals, according to the Danish Film Institute's list of priority festivals. See the list of priority festivals.

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DFI News and articles

Denmark in focus at Hot Docs (16. april 2014)

Reviews and articles

Varia (Kristeligt Dagblad - Soegaard, 23 July 2014)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten, 30 July 2011)

Artikel (Kristeligt Dagblad - Lauritsen, 25 November 2008)

Artikel (Berlingske Tidende - Iversen, 26 March 2008)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten, 26 March 2008)

Artikel (BT - Ritzau, 20 March 2008)

Artikel (Kristeligt Dagblad - Dagblad, 7 December 2007)

Artikel (Berlingske Tidende - Dahlgaard, 5 December 2007)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten, 16 November 2007)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Ritzau, 9 November 2007)

Artikel (Berlingske Tidende - Ritzau, 11 October 2007)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Ritzau, 10 October 2007)

Varia (Politiken, 10 October 2007)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten, 28 September 2007)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Enggaard, 28 September 2007)

Anmeldelse (Weekendavisen - Wivel, 28 September 2007)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Nägele, 25 September 2007)

Anmeldelse (Kristeligt Dagblad - Skov, 21 September 2007)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Levinsen, 21 September 2007)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Skotte Christensen, 21 September 2007)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Movin, 21 September 2007)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Enggaard, 10 August 2007)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Enggaard, 10 August 2007)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Enggaard, 10 August 2007)

Interview (Politiken - Hygum Sørensen, 27 December 2006)

Interview (Politiken - Hygum Sørensen, 27 December 2006)

Artikel (Politiken - Hygum Sørensen, 30 November 2006)

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