Jennifer

Film Still : Jennifer, 2015

 

Jennifer, 2015

 

Jennifer del Corazón de Jesús is a Discalced Carmelite nun in the enclosed monastery in Ronda, Spain. In the film Jennifer talks about what brings her to the Carmelite way of life. Seven years in gaining the permission, the filming inside the monastery took six months and was carried out by Alejandro Román who became the camera operator trained by cinematographer Tim Sidell.  Alejandro Román who is a resident of Ronda was the only one permitted to enter the monastery so the filming was directed through photographs of the interior and plans.  In addition, the permission to film was given on condition that the other nuns in the community would not be  filmed but Jennifer and Alejandro were able to record sound which does include the activities of the whole of the community whilst  Jennifer is filmed in her every day duties and activities.

 

The final film goes through a cycle of a day in the life of the monastery measured by the observance and recital of the Divine Office which is the clock which regulates monastic life. The voices of the nuns are heard in prayer and in the sounds of their daily activities off screen.  The static camera films the rooms and passages in long takes as the monastery itself becomes a presence.  The sound and light connect the inside with the world outside. The film gives a rare access into enclosed religious life but also brings the everyday life of the monastery to the forefront.

 

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4K, Colour, 72 mins

Cast: Jennifer del Corazón de Jesús and the community of Discalced Carmelites, Ronda, Spain
Supervising Cinematographer: Tim Sidell
Monastery interiors: Alejandro Román
Grading: Thomas Urbye
Editor:  Elisa Cepedal
Sound Design: Joakim Sundström
Produced and Directed by Nina Danino
2015 © Temporal Films

2015 World Premiere 41 Edición Festival del Cine Iberoamericano de Huelva (Sección Puerta Europa), Spain

 

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