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25th edition of the Tertio Millennio Film Fest (TMFF) will take place in Rome from 9 to 13 November 2021 at the Cinema Doria

The 25th edition of the Tertio Millennio Film Fest (TMFF) will take place in Rome from 9 to 13 November 2021 at the Cinema Doria (Via Andrea Doria, 52). The title of the film festival of interreligious dialogue is “Prendersi cura | Quando il cinema guarda e non passa”.

On 8 November at 5 pm, at the Filmoteca Vaticana (Palazzo San Carlo – Vatican City), the pre-opening of the festival with the screening of Futura. The film, directed by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher, will receive Premio Fuoricampo, the award assigned by the Tertio Millennio Film Fest, Religion Today festival and Popoli e Religioni to the italian film of the last year that has known, better than any other, to relaunch and decline the theme of the search for the deeper meaning of life, illuminating what is normally found, in fact, out of bounds.

The feature film competition

The 8 feature films of the Tertio Millennio Film Fest, shot in 15 different countries, have in common characters placed in marginal positions for different reasons, for gender identity, race, social or family background.

This is the case of The Sleeping Negro (USA), presented in an international preview, in which the afro american director and protagonist Skinner Myers offers a very personal vision on the racial question in the United States. Myers will be there to present his film.

And then Rehana directed by Abdullah Mohammad Saad (Bangladesh / Singapore / Qatar), revelation author of Bangladesh cinema, which tells the story of an abuse that took place in a local medical school, witnessed by Rehana, one of the great female characters of cinema of 2021.

In international premiere and for the first time on the big screen, De Oost by Jim Taihuttu (Holland / Belgium / Indonesia), the story of a young Dutch soldier sent to the Dutch East Indies during the War of Independence. Lead actor Martijn Lakemeier will meet the audience.

The winner will be chosen by the Interreligious Jury chaired by the director Guido Chiesa and composed of delegates from the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu communities, Giulia Bulckaen, Giuseppe Bellasalma, Sira Fatucci, Muhammad Umberto Pallavicini, Guglielmo Doryu Cappelli, Svamini Shuddhananda Ghiri and Hamdan Al Zeqri. Alongside the Interreligious Jury, the Quality Jury, chaired by the director Giorgio Diritti and composed of the director Andrea Pallaoro and the writer Lisa Ginzburg, will award the film of the section that excels in compositional value, imposing itself for the achieved balance of aesthetic quality and narrative coherence.

The short film competition

Fifth edition for the short film competition, with a selection of 8 films that will be judged by the Interreligious Jury and the Quality Jury chaired by the actress Maria Roveran and composed of the director Paolo Strippoli and the journalist Emanuela Genovese.

In competition, a short film nominated for an Oscar 2021: The Letter Room by Elvira Lind (USA) starring Oscar Isaac in the role of a correctional agent who, transferred to the letter room, soon finds himself embroiled in the private life of a prisoner.

There are also two animated films in the schedule: Maestrale, a mental journey in black and white between dream and memory directed by Nico Bonomolo, and Noir-soleil, a reconnaissance of pain immersed in Naples as seen by the young french director Marie Larrivé.


During the festival there will also be a special event entitled “Rinascimento iracheno”: Laura Silvia Battaglia and Gianmarco Maraviglia will present a reportage made in Iraq to document the cultural ferment taking place in the country in the field of cinematographic and audiovisual creativity.

The awards ceremony will take place on November 13th at 7.30 pm. Following, the screening of the winning feature film, decreed by the Interreligious Jury.

The festival takes place with the artistic direction of Marina Sanna and Gianluca Arnone and is proposed as a place of interreligious and intercultural dialogue between the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist communities starting from the films in competition and the themes from these proposed.

All updates and information relating to the festival will be published on the website www.tertiomillenniofilmfest.org and on the social media of the Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube).

TMFF, associated with AFIC, is organized by the Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo (FEdS) with the contribution of the DG Cinema e Audiovisivo MiC and Roma Lazio Film Commission and the patronage of Regione Lazio, Dicastero per la Comunicazione della Santa Sede, Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura, Pontificio Consiglio per il Dialogo Interreligioso, Ufficio Nazionale per le Comunicazioni Sociali della Conferenza Episcopale Italiana, Ufficio Nazionale per l’Ecumenismo e il Dialogo Interreligioso della CEI, Cortile dei Gentili, del Pitigliani – Centro Ebraico Italiano, UCEI – Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane, COREIS – Comunità Religiosa Islamica Italiana, U.CO.I.I. – Unione delle Comunità Islamiche d’Italia, dell’Associazione Internazionale Protestante Cinema INTERFILM, Associazione Protestante Cinema “Roberto Sbaffi”, Unione Induista Italiana and Unione Buddhista Italiana.