BLANCO VERTICAL (Vertical White)

Screenplay and comments: Javier Aguirre. Photography Director : Joaquin Hualde. Production: NO-DO. Black & White. 1963.

The everyday life of monks in the Trappist monastery in La Oliva (Navarra - Spain): through the statements of some members of this community such as the brother porter, the father prior, the poet… we can see them praying and working: at the laundry, the bakery, the tailor’s, bricklaying, at the binder’s, while the wine-making process or when farming. And the silence: they do not speak to each other, they communicate using hands. They have a special sense of time.