'Temptation to believe' - festival of spiritual cinema

 'Temptation to believe' is the theme of the Ninth Tertio Millennio Festival of Spiritual Cinema which opened last night in Rome.

According to the organisers cinema has often attention given to this profound, universal theme trying to capture the tension which leads people to measure themselves with the Divine.

The subject has inspired Dreyer, in Ordet, an extraordinary portrait of a man open to the transcendent; by Rossellini when he gave Ingrid Bergman in 'Stromboli' a change to play a woman who fought nature in her search for God.

Pasolini, Bresson, Tarkovskij also dealt with this subject. The theme recurs again in many more recent films, with stories based on the search for the supernatural, sacrifice or the need to help others.

The Festival closes on Sunday 27 November and is promoted by Italian Ente dello Spettacolo in collaboration with Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca nazionale, and the Pontifical Council for for Culture, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and the Vatican Film Library. The Festival will present 17 films including three first showings.

On Friday there will be the 1s Contest for one-reel films and the assignment of RDC Awards.

Source: Fides
ROME - 23 November 2005 - 196 words