On the documentary Into Great Silence
Philip Gröning's first idea was to make a film on time, and he ended up making a 162 minutes almost completely silent documentary on contemplation.
He contacted the Carthusian Order for the first time in 1984. He got the authorization in 1999. The constraints imposed on him were strict: no artificial lighting, no music, no commentary, and he had to do himself all the jobs of a film crew.
His film has great aesthetic and meditative qualities and it has won international critical acclaim and various prizes.
The film is distributed in the USA by Zeitgeist Films inc.