The Best Selling Monks - A Miracle with Side Effects
Year: 2010
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Fritz Kalteis

metafilm for ORF
Available worldwide

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9

The Best Selling Monks - A Miracle with Side Effects

Die Bestsellermönche - Wunder mit Nebenwirkungen

Over a million copies of the «Chant Music for Paradise» CD have been sold over the past two years. The monks from Heiligenkreuz Abbey have topped the charts across the world with their Gregorian chants and left stars such as Madonna and Amy Winehouse trailing in their wake. But how did this unusual joint venture between commerce and prayer come about? And what effect has their unexpected worldwide popularity had on the monks' lives? The documentary pursues these questions and looks behind the scenes of their success. It scrutinises the view of the world held by Heiligenkreuz Abbey, an institution that is considered to be ecclesiastically conservative, reveals PR and marketing mechanisms and discusses the question of the extent to which the success a CD of this kind can be sustained.

«The Best Selling Monks - A Miracle with Side Effects» is the extraordinary story of the clash between money and prayer.
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