Monday, July 01, 2013

Silver Fish' prize awarded to best Catholic film

( The International Catholic Film Festival celebrated its fourth anniversary. Recognized as the most important festival of its kind, it promotes the New Evangelization through movies.

This year the Festival's prize, also known as 'Silver Fish' was awarded to Noelle, a film directed by David Wall, who also received  recognition for his work. The film is about the inner transformation of a priest who is sent to a small English village to shut down a parish. But in the process, he gets to know the people.

The prize for Best Leading Actress went to young Katia Miran for her role in the French film Je m'appelle Bernadette. She plays Saint Bernadette, the young shepherdess who witnessed the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes, in France.

As a theme, the nearly 2,000 films presented this year shared the 'The Year of Faith.' Each movie deals with this very topic in an original way.  Some are about parishes, priestly vocations or  saints.

President, Catholic International Film Festival
“This is the founding idea of this festival, since a film is very accessible tool of communication. We believe that a film is much easier to comprehend to understand than a book or a conference or whatever, so we try to transmit trough the film those good values.”

The Festival's director says,  says that by transmitting those Christian values, one can be inspired to become a better person and be more open to spirituality.

President, Catholic International Film Festival
“What I think is that, in this moment we need to spiritually heal people, because I think society now feels loneliness, it feels fear, it feels lost.”

This year, the festival also focused on Kateri Tekakwitha, the first north-American indigenous saint canonized by Benedict XVI on October 21st, 2012.

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