Lovers of the Night

Germany / Ireland 2017, HD, color, 57min, documentary
Producer: Áine Films, Editor: Hauke von Stietencron


A fragile community of seven older monks in a small Cistercian monastery in Ireland tries their best to keep their spiritual life and the monastery going. With shaky voices but deeply committed they meet seven times a day in church for their prayers.

As a passionate rugby fan and with a great devotional heart, the 88 year old Alberic who is slowly losing his eyesight, tries to decipher texts from the Christian mystics and the rugby news in the papers, while Brother Francis trains on an old treadmill and Father Ambrose tries to catch a runaway calf.

With moving honesty and humour the monks share significant experiences and often surprising insights into their life journeys.

An attempt to capture the heart of a very unique place before it vanishes and portray the yearning of the human spirit for the infinite in a finite world.