XXV edizione

XXV Tertio Millennio Film Fest: 16 films, previews, special events, meetings with the authors

Yuriy Borisov, Skinner Myers, Martijn Lakemeier, Paolo Cognetti and many others

from 9 to 13 November 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”.

16 films in the schedule – 8 feature films and 8 short films – world, European and Italian premieres from 15 countries. The schedule offers a panorama of distant stories that have characters placed in marginal positions in common. “The encounter, beyond differences and prejudices, is one of the cornerstones of this film season – declares Mgr. Davide Milani, president of the Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo – and our Tertio Millennio Film Fest also travels in this direction. The 25th edition enhances titles that talk about solidarity and self-fulfillment, of the attempt to free oneself from positions of marginality imposed by cultural or socio-political legacies».

The 8th of November at 5 pm, at the Filmoteca Vaticana (Palazzo San Carlo – Vatican City), the pre-opening of the festival and the screening of the film Futura. The film by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher will receive the Premio Fuoricampo, the recognition assigned by the Tertio Millennio Film Fest, Religion Today festival and Popoli e Religioni to the Italian film of the last year that was capable, 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.

From 9th of November the Tertio Millennio Film Fest moves to the Cinema Doria. Two international premieres for the opening of the festival.

The Sleeping Negro (USA): Afro American director and protagonist Skinner Myers offers a very personal view on the racial issue in the United States. Faced with a series of racially motivated incidents, a young black man must overcome anger, alienation and despair to find his humanity. Myers will be in the movie theatre to present his film.

De Oost by Jim Taihuttu (Holland / Belgium / Indonesia), for the first time on the big screen, is the story of a young Dutch soldier, sent to the Dutch East Indies during the War of Independence, who will question his beliefs about border between good and evil. Lead actor Martijn Lakemeier will meet the audience.

On 11th of November, on the big screen, Miracol by Bogdan George Apetri (Romania / Czech Republic / Latvia): the story of Cristina, a young 19-year-old nun, who sneaks out of the monastery to take care of an urgent matter, in a journey between mystery and miracle. And then Abu Omar (Israel / France), a film that re-launches the theme of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians: director Roy Krispel and actress Shany Verchik are expected in Rome to talk to the audience.

On 12th of November, another preview for the festival audience: A plein temps by Eric Gravel (France), the story of Julie who does everything to maintain the balance of her family even when she risks stumbling into a race against the time.

The festival closes with Rehana 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 the cinema of 2021.

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

All feature films will be preceded by 8 short films in competition: The Letter Room, Wooden Sword, Maestrale, Shero, Trumpets in the sky, The right words, Al-sit, Noier-soleil.

The short films 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.

A special event entitled “Rinascita irachena” will also take place on 13th of November: 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 complete program.

To participate, you must make a reservation at the link: https://www.tertiomillenniofilmfest.org/prenotazioni/

The festival takes place thanks to 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.