Lovers of the Night

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Rugby enthusiast and monk Alberic would miss supper but not prayers to watch his favorite Irish team, Munster, play a game on television. An excellent multitasker, Brother Francis reads Psalms while exercising on his treadmill. At their Cistercian monastery, these men are two of seven remaining members, who openly and humorously muse on their spiritual journeys and way of life. Immediately after listing off the deceased versus living men in a monastery portrait, one monk points out his favorite painting of cows on an adjoining wall. While striking landscape shots of the monks’ serene farm pastures and home visually tie body and mind to land, this connection is inevitably fleeting, as the men profess uncertainty of the building’s future without new young monks to keep it going. Regardless, for Alberic and company, the beauty remains in the simple, daily devotion to God and each other. Lovingly and delicately, filmmaker Anna Frances Ewert captures the ebullient side of a world so often portrayed with solemnity.  KR

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Director

Anna Frances Ewert

Producers

Anna Frances Ewert, Áine Film, HFF Munich

Editor

Hauke von Stietencron

Cinematographer

Anna Frances Ewert

Release Year

2018

Festival Year

2018

Country

Germany, Ireland

Run Time

57 minutes

Subtitled

Yes