Day 3: Last Films In Competition, Towards The Prizes

The third day of the Tertio Millennio Film Fest opens with the project Nati nel Tertio Millennio (Born in the Third Millennium). At 10 am, the students of the schools involved will see ten short films selected for the contest Io sono, tu sei (I am, You are). At the end of the screenings, they will award the short film they consider the best.

The afternoon is opened, at 3.00, by the seventh competing film, The Chambermaid, directed by Lila Avilès. Proposed by Mexico for the Academy Award nomination as Best International Film, it follows the daily life of a modest maid who works in a big hotel in Mexico City. Through her eyes we will discover a Country which is marked by a deep socio-economic gap.

At 5 pm, the eighth film in competition: A Translator, first work directed by brothers Rodrigo and Sebastián Barriuso (the latter will introduce the film). This is the film proposed by Cuba for the nomination as Best International Film. Based on a true story, it tells about the encounter between a Cuban professor of Russian Literature (the Westworld star Rodrigo Santoro) and the Chernobyl children welcomed in Havana to be cured after the nuclear disaster.

At 7pm, the last feature film in competition: the Israeli Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive. Directors Yossi Atia and David Ofek will be in the screening room. Between Woody Allen and Nanni Moretti, this is a surprising dark comedy in which a boy from Jerusalem (Atia himself) accompanies tourists on a tour of the places of the terrorist attacks that have wounded the city over the years.

In the evening, at 9.00, the Award ceremony of the Tertio Millennio Film Fest. The Interreligious Jury, chaired by the Kurdish-born Iranian director Fariborz Kamkari (The Flowers of Kirkuk, Pitza e datteri) and made up of representatives of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu communities, will declare the winner of the competition.  Instead, Phaim Bhuiyan (Bangla) chairs another Interreligious Jury that will award the top three works within the short film contest.

From this year, the three most important national film and spirituality festivals (Tertio Millennio Film Fest, Religion Today of Trento and Popoli and Religioni of Terni) assign the Fuoricampo Award to the Italian film of the year that has been able to relaunch the theme of the sacred, the divine, the transcendent, the invisible. Il signor Diavolo by Pupi Avati is the first winner. The film director will receive the award on Thursday, December 12, during the Festival Award Ceremony.