The Monk

by Mira Jargil, Christian Sønderby Jepsen

International Competition

Doc, Italian Premiere

(Netherlands, Denmark / 2023 / 90’)


Can you find happiness in solitude? When filmmakers Mira Jargil and Christian Sønderby Jepsen try to find a balance in their stressful lives, they look for guidance from a renowned Danish HIV researcher turned monk deep in the mountains of Sri Lanka. What starts as a film about enlightenment turns into an existential investigation and moving family drama about control, mental health and reconciliation. The Monk sifts through the impossible questions of identity, transcendence, and the pursuit of happiness.

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