Lovers of the Night

Lovers of the Night

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 2:30pm
Cultural Partner(s)
Anna Frances Ewert | 
Ireland/Germany |
 2017 | 
57 minutes

This delicate study of seven monks living at a remote Irish monastery achieves a rare level of intimacy. Through the patient observation of daily routines—chapel prayers, tending livestock, and watching televised soccer matches—the film becomes a document of daily life, in its sweetness and truth. All of the subjects share their hopes and dreams, but it’s Father Alberic’s revelations that are the most touching. He acknowledges that although he greatly values his sequestered life of worship, he is keenly aware of the sacrifices it demands. What he misses most is never being with a woman. His assessment of what is critically absent in patriarchal society (namely, the feminine) is remarkable, as is his insistence that it must be reclaimed. He conjoins the experience of physical love with spiritual awakening, equating lovers becoming one to the mystical union offered by the monks’ nightly prayers. Director Anna Frances Ewert’s accomplished first film captures moments of atmospheric lyricism as these elderly men speak their gentle truths and prepare for the ultimate union with the divine. -MB


Anna Frances Ewert

Born in 1986, Anna studied filmmaking at the Edinburgh College of Art where she discovered her passion for documentary filmmaking. From 2011 to 2018 she was a student at the University of TV and Film in Munich. Her shorts have been screened at major film festivals around the world including Sundance, and she is an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Campus. Lovers of the Night is her debut and graduation film from the University of Film and TV Munich.

Screening With
Mauro Maugeri | 
Italy |
 2018 | 
14 minutes