directed by Nina Danino
UK / France 1998


'Temenos' means a sacred site or ritual precinct. Temenos, the film, explores the phenomenon of visionary experience. We visit locations where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared, including Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje in Croat-occupied Bosnia where the visions continue. These locations are both specific and unknown as the viewer is never  told where they are.  Instead they are taken on a journey, during which they experience the raw exposure of emotion and the haunting voices on the soundtrack.

Theatrical Release: 1998

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DVD Review: BFI Video - Region 0 - PAL

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Distribution BFI Video - Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:16:54
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.73 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Director Biography (static screens)

• Sleeve notes by Helen De Witt

DVD Release Date: June 28th, 2004

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 17


What an odd, but immensely compelling film/DVD. The soundtrack is still echoing in my ears (Operatic Soprano Catherine Bott, Tuvan diva Sainkho Namchylak and the New York 'experimental' vocalist Shelly Hirsh). The landscape images shown on screen are akin to impressionist paintings as they imbue and resonate with such  sacred and human feeling. It's pretty hard to describe how you feel while watching this... but both 'comfortable' and 'overwhelmed' might be appropriate. BFI is easily being recognized as both protectors and distributors of fine art film. I can't even find this on the Internet Movie database, yet now I own a true film treasure of purity and clandestine charm on DVD. Thank you BFI ! This may not be for you, but it sure was for me.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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