Hidden between the tree-lined mountains of the Western coast of Japan, the small Antaiji Zen monastery seems to have become a sanctuary for wanderers in search of spirituality. One of these is actress Sabine Timoteo, who leaves job and family behind in Switzerland to immerse herself in monastic life through the autumn, winter and spring. Filmmaker Werner Penzel follows her as she encounters the philosophy of the Japanese Zen master Kōdō Sawaki and the surprises brought forth by everyday monastic life. This quietly compelling film is filled with moments of pristine beauty and meditative calm, as well as humor and humanity. In English and in German and Japanese with English subtitles. Music: Fred Frith. Camera/Director: Werner Penzel. (Germany/Japan 2018) 100 min.
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