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DEVOUT reveals an archaic utopia, a timeless spiritual sphere that is as beautiful and harsh as the mountain terrain of the Caucasus, tempting but unforgiving, a riddle like god and faith... See more »

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Status: completed
Status Updated: 28 Apr 2016

Directed by

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James Higginson

Written by

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James Higginson ... (writer)

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James Higginson ... executive producer
Slawomir Zienowicz ... associate producer
Slawomir Zienowicz ... associate producer

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Roland Hackl

Cinematography by

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James Higginson

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Sara Sallam
Sara Sallam
Nicole Winterbauer
Nicole Winterbauer

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Till Beckmann ... color grading by

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Philipp Froehlich ... boom operator / sound recordist
Carsten Richter ... foley artist
Marcus Sujata ... foley mixer
André Zacher ... re-recording mixer / sound editor / sound mixer

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Eric Saar ... assistant camera
Felix Schroeder ... camera operator

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Heiko Bandasch ... composer: additional music
Anja-Susann Hammer ... cellist

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DEVOUT is a journey through contemporary monastic life as experienced by a 22-year-old Georgian Orthodox monk, Father Anubi. DEVOUT reveals an archaic utopia, a timeless spiritual sphere that is as beautiful and harsh as the mountain terrain of the Caucasus, tempting but unforgiving, a riddle like god and faith and as mysterious as the human condition. The camera bears silent witness as Father Anubi contemplates and shares his understanding of faith. Interviews with other young monks, obedients, and the Archbishop provide insight into individual perspectives of their Orthodox beliefs ranging from distinct and deterministic to more compassionate with altruistic views. DEVOUT presents a visual portrait of the monks, their ritualistic lives, and their work as it travels to many Dzama Valley monasteries including one-perched 1700 meters on a cliff-side. The film was given access to a previously unrecorded sacred site that contains the remains from invasions of long ago, hundreds of bones and the skulls of murdered monks, priests, bishops, and children. DEVOUT is an artistic documentary that abandons the traditional cinematic narrative format shifting the focus to reflect metaphor and allegory. Written by James Higginson

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  • Devout (Germany)
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  • 88 min
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