Edition 2018


Tomorrow, December 11th, at the Trevi cinema, Zan by Shinya Tsukamoto opening the festival and Lysis by Rick Ostermann as first film in competition. Among the special events, The Crush by Ermanno Olmi and, at the Vatican film library, Il Fattore Umano by Giacomo Gatti.

Tomorrow Zan, by Shinya Tsukamoto, will open the XXII Tertio Millennio Film Fest (December 11th-15th), the festival of the interreligious dialogue organised by Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo under the patronage of the Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See, the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Office for Social Communications of CEI. The new masterpiece of the Japanese master, showing at 8:30 pm at the Trevi Cinema in Rome (Vicolo del Puttarello 25), is a very original pacifist apologue focused on a samurai with a particular “block”: he cannot fight.

In the afternoon, at 3:00 pm, always at the Trevi cinema, the first film in competition: Lysis, by the German director Rick Ostermann, who had already taken part in the Tertio Millennio with Wolfskinder and Krieg (both presented in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival): a kind of “kammerspiel en plein air”, the protagonists of the film are a father and a son who take a trip in a wild nature as a chance to finally clear up their misunderstandings. Then (at 5:00 pm) film critic and professor Emiliano Morreale will hold, for the students of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures of the Sapienza University, a lecture on The Crush, by Ermanno Olmi, in one of its rare showings.

At the same time, at the Vatican Film Library, the cinema of the Popes, Giacomo Gatti (former assistant director of Ermanno Olmi), will present the documentary Il fattore umano, lo spirito del lavoro, a journey between the Italian companies which were able to combine production excellence and attention to workers. Along with the director, the delegate of the Vatican Film Library Claudia Di Giovanni, the producer of the documentary and president of Inaz srl Linda Gilli, the President of Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo Mons. Davide Milani will speak.

From 11th to 15th December 2018, under the artistic direction of Marina Sanna (vice-director of the Rivista del Cinematografo) and Gianluca Arnone (editorial coordinator of Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo), Tertio Millennio Film Fest has chosen as title and theme of this year The days of the uprising. War, revolution and liberation. All the films showing have never been released in Italy and come from all over the world. Nine films in competition (including three world premieres, three international, two European and one Italian premiere), ten first and second works, three event showings in the Vatican City, two big authors for the festival opening and closing (Shinya Tsukamoto and Olivier Assayas). The auteur and genre films tell about forms of resistance in a tough period, redemption opportunities, existential and moral crisis, difficult cohabitation relationships, education experiences that were troubled or that even tragically failed.

The competing films are: Mother Fortress (Maria Luisa Forenza), In the Claws of a Century Wanting (Jewel Maranan), A Blubird in My Heart (Jérémie Guez), Doubtful (Eliran Elya), Kairos (Paul Barakat), Dayan (Behrouz Noorani Pour), Heaven Without People (Lucien Bourjeily), Lysis (Rick Ostermann), Fatwa (Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud).

Here follows the schedule of the first day, Tuesday December 11th, 2018.

Cinema Trevi

  • 3.00 pm Lysis (91′) directed by Rick Ostermann – Film in competition.

After the death of his wife, a father decides to go for a rafting trip in a wild place with his son, with whom he has a cold relationship. Their adventure soon turns into a struggle for survival.

  • 5.00 pm The Crush (50′) directed by Ermanno Olmi, introduced by film critic and Professor Emiliano Morreale – Special event.

The film tells about the story of a boy who has a crush on a girl who is older than him. She tries to let him understand that his is not true love, but only infatuation.

  • 8.30 pm Zan (80′) directed by Shinya Tsukamoto – Special event. Japan, mid-19th century.

After about 250 peaceful years, the samurai warriors have become poor and many of them have left their masters to become wandering ronin. Mokunoshin Tsuzuki is one of these: to survive, he helps the farmers of a village.

  Vatican Film Library (by invitation only)

  • 5.00 pm Il fattore umano, lo spirito del lavoro (60′) directed by Giacomo Gatti – Meeting with the film director and producer Linda Gilli – Special event.

A short journey in search for positive stories about the Italian world of work, in an age in which new technologies seem to be removing man from the centre of economy. The story of concrete realities in which there are still men and women that can make the difference.

During the week there will be meetings and events with the authors to widen the focus on current events, starting from the films, like in the case of Alganesh, by Lia and Marianna Beltrami, on the Italian-Eritrean Alganesh Fessaha. Without forgetting the contest Noi ci siamo – Giovani, voglia di partecipazione e ricerca di senso, promoted by Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo in cooperation with the religious Communities involved in the Tertio Millennio Film Fest, and the RdC Awards.

On the website of the Tertio Millennio Film Fest, you can see and download the complete schedule of the Festival and book your tickets for the screenings. Free admission subject to availability.

For info and reservations:
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