As Hollywood continues to wallow in the quagmire of sexual abuse scandal of its own making, another city is seeking out stories and films that are uplifting and inspiring.
Among the winners of the Eighth Annual Mirabile Dictu Catholic Film Festival held in Rome Italy, this year were:
- “Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier, Sinner, Saint,” a dramatic “biopic” about the Spanish founder of the Jesuit order, that highlights the his conversion from a libertine soldier to a Christian missionary;
- “A Man of God,” a documentary on the life of Fr. Wladyslaw Bukowinski, apostle of Kazakhstan and a prisoner of Soviet labor camps;
- “Come and See,” an innovative black-and-white short film recorded without sound; and
- “Luz de Soledad,” a movie about a group of Spanish religious sisters in the midst of revolutions, epidemics and religious persecution.
More than 1,000 movies, documentaries, and short films vied for the coveted “Silver Fish” awarded by the festival’s organizers that recognizes the original symbol of Christianity. Awards were also given for best actor, best actress, and best director.
The festival was founded in 2010 by author, historian, and filmmaker Liana Marabini and the Pontifical Council for Culture with the goal of highlighting the Catholic Church’s contributions to culture and to give Catholic films greater visibility. Marabini is also creating a “marketplace” in which the rights to Catholic films may be purchased by major studios.