*POSTPONED* Architecture on Film: Into Great Silence

A transcendent observation of the Grande Chartreuse monastery in the French Alps and its ascetic Carthusian order. A rare, transformative cinematic experience, that embodies rather than represents its subject.


07:00pm, Tuesday, 31 March 2020


10:00pm, Tuesday, 31 March 2020


Cinema 1
Barbican Centre, Level -2
Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS



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This is a past event

Due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic this screening has been postponed until a future date. Based on current Government advice, the Barbican is closed from Tuesday 17 March to safeguard public health. We apologise to the audiences and artists affected. For further details, please check the Barbican website.

Into Great Silence [Die Große Stille]

How does one make a film that, more than depicting a monastery, becomes a monastery itself? How? To this day, I don't know how. I only know that one can. That, at some point, this film took on form, became a monastery – space and not a narrative.

– Philip Gröning

Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize and the European Film Awards Prix Arte (Documentary), through experiential, elemental cinema – a meditative journey through time, light and space – the film immerses the audience in the rhythms of monastic life, changing seasons, and the practice of absolute presence.

A German documentary about Roman Catholic monks who barely utter a word, "Into Great Silence" runs 162 minutes – 162 engrossing, entrancing, enlivening minutes… Grace, it seems, makes little noise… Philip Gröning brings us inside a world as mysterious and often as silent as the dark side of the moon.
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

With no artificial light, no additional music, no commentary and near to no dialogue, Into Great Silence, a film 21 years in the making, achieves the remarkable through its masterful congruence of content and form – creating the Grande Chartreuse monastery itself inside of the viewer, and transforming the cinema auditorium into a space of reflective contemplation. 

(Germany, 2005, Philip Gröning, 169 min)