Jennifer is a portrait of Jennifer del Corazón de Jesús, a Discalced Carmelite nun in the enclosed Carmelite monastery in Ronda, Spain. Seven years in getting permission, filming inside the monastery took place over six months carried out by Jennifer and Alejandro Román, a Ronda volunteer who was the only one permitted to enter the monastery. The film was directed from the outside by Nina Danino through plans and photographs of the interior. Permission to film was given on condition that the other nuns in the community were not to be filmed. Therefore only Jennifer appears in her everyday duties and activities.

The voices of the other nuns however are heard reciting the Divine Office which is the prayer clock which regulates monastic life and in other daily activities. The static camera films the empty rooms and passages of the monastery in long static camera takes.  The sounds of traffic, door bells, voices heard in the parlour and light, connect the interior with the exterior, the frame of the interior in vision and sound off screen. The film gives a rare access into enclosed religious life through the everyday life of the monastery and of Jennifer.


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Cast: Jennifer del Corazón de Jesús and Discalced Carmelites, Ronda, Spain
Supervising Cinematographer: Tim Sidell
Monastery interiors: Alejandro Román
Grading: Thomas Urbye
Editor:  Nina Danino, 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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