The XXIII Tertio Millennio Film Fest (TMFF) closes with a very high-profile meeting. On December 13, from 5pm, director Giuseppe Tornatore will discuss with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi about the theme of films as a religious experience. Maurizio Crippa, deputy editor of Il Foglio, will be the moderator.
At 6pm, as closing event of the Festival, the restored version of Cinema Paradiso, the masterpiece of Tornatore, established director thirty years after receiving the Grand Prix of the Jury in Cannes.
In the busy schedule of the TMFF, the festival of the interreligious dialogue organised by Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo, the meeting between Tornatore and Ravasi is one of the most important events. It will be an opportunity to reflect on the religious practice of “making films”, exploring the concept of cinema as experience for investigating the most authentic dimensions of Man, searching for the meaning and opening up to the spiritual dimension of life.
Tornatore is the first director to win the Bresson Award, the prize that the Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo, under the patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See, assigns to a director «who has been able to witness, with sincerity and intensity, the difficult journey in search of the spiritual meaning of our life». The award was established in 2000 in memory of the great filmmaker Robert Bresson. December 18 will be the 20th anniversary of his death.
Cardinal Ravasi is president of the pontifical Council for Culture and founder of the Cortile dei Gentili.
In the evening, at 8.30, the ceremony of the RdC Awards, the prizes given every year by the magazine Rivista del Cinematografo to the protagonists of the world of cinema and television. For the third time the Toni Bertorelli Controluce Award, established to commemorate the great performer, will be assigned. The event will be presented by Fabio Falzone, journalist and film critic of TV2000.