I seldom go to the cinema these days, although like most of us, who does not enjoy a good film that either entertains, edifies, or leaves one with something to think about and muse over? There are certain films I watched years ago that still linger in my mind with something of their beauty and ‘message’ still very vivid. The trouble is that so much of the seventh art nowadays does little of any of the above, seemingly being aimed solely at man’s lower instincts, or containing scenes of such crazy special effects that are so repetitive, they become actually boring! The last film I saw in the cinema was “Philomena” – a supposedly true story about an elderly Irish woman, now living in England, who desperately wanted to find her long lost son that had been wrenched from her by some ‘wicked’ Irish nuns when she was a young single mother! The film was well acted but certainly troubling. To my disgust I discovered some weeks later that the whole story had been manipulated and distorted for the sole purpose of putting the Catholic Church in a bad light! Sound familiar?
This article on Eponymous Flower talks about a Catholic Film Festival where examples of some decent good films can be seen.
(Rome) The feature film “Un Dios Prohibido” (A Forbidden God) by Spanish director Pablo Moreno was honored at the 5th International Catholic Film Festival Mirabile Dictu for “Best Film” award and was awarded the “Silver Fish 2014”. The award ceremony took place on June 26 in Santo Spirito in Sassia in Rome.
The “Silver Fish” is reminiscent of one of the oldest Christian symbols. The award was presented by director and film producer Liana Marabini, president and founder of the International Catholic Film Festival. The aim of the festival is to give space and visibility to producers and directors of feature films, documentaries, docu-fiction, television series and short films, to promote the “positive models and universal moral values” which are therefore consistent with Christianity.
In 2014, 1.600 Productions From 120 Countries Were Presented
More than 1,600 Catholic productions from 120 countries took part in this year’s Festival and competed for one of the seven prizes awarded. An international jury in 2014, chaired by the Austrian producer Norbert Blecha, assessed the submitted projects and awarded prizes for Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Actor and Best Director.
The “Silver Fish” for 2014’s “Best Film” which was the Spanish feature film “Un Dios prohibido” was excellent. The film tells the true story of 51 Catholic martyrs who were killed during the Spanish Civil War by Anarcho-Communists. The historical facts took place in August 1936 soon after the outbreak of the conflict in the wake of the April 14, 1931 proclamation of the so-called Second Republic of Spain, a freedom-destroying Popular Front regime, which began a brutal persecution of the Catholic Church.
“Un Dios prohibido”: Is The Story of the Murder of 51 Missionaries in Spain
In Barbastro, a small market town in the Aragonese province of Huesca, 51 peaceful and defenseless “Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary”, better known as the Heart of Mary Missionaries or Claretians 1 were killed by militia members of the ruling People’s Front out of hatred for the Catholic faith. This “beautiful film,” says Corrispondenza Romana is told in a successful and touching way, about the last few weeks and heroic moments in the lives of the missionaries before their execution.
The prize for the best short film went to the Italian Alessio Rupalti. In “I Was Looking for Something Else,” he tells a story about the importance of human and family relationships.
Continue reading the article for news of some of the other award-winning films presented at the festival, and the trailer of “Un Dios prohibido”.