Filipino film ‘Ig­na­cio de Loy­ola’ wins top award at Vat­i­can fes­ti­val

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By CHRISTINA I. HERMOSO

The movie “Ig­na­cio de Loy­ola” was awarded Best Film at the re­cent Mirabile Dictu In­ter­na­tional Catholic Film Fes­ti­val in Vat­i­can City, mak­ing it the first Filipino pro­duced film to win the award.

“Ig­na­cio de Loy­ola,” a movie on the life of the revered founder of the So­ci­ety of Je­sus, was di­rected by Paolo Dy. It bested “Saint Brid­get of Swe­den” by Fabio Carini (United States), and “Fa­tima the Ul­ti­mate Mys­tery” by An­dres Gar­rigo (Spain).

In a Catholic Bish­ops’ Con­fer­ence of the Philip­pines (CBCP) News post, Liana Mara­bini, fes­ti­val founder and or­ga­nizer, said, the jury was so im­pressed with the film.

“The most im­por­tant thing to say about Ig­na­cio de Loy­ola is that it is the first time in the his­tory of the fes­ti­val that this hap­pened. There were no dis­cus­sions about it. The mem­ber­sof the jury ap­pre­ci­ated the script, the ac­tors, the dec­o­ra­tions ,the cos­tumes, the mu­sic of the film – in one word, ev­ery­thing,” she said.

Pro­duc­ers Pauline Mangilog Sal­tarin and Ernes­tine Ta­man awere in Rome, Italy, to ac­cept the Sil­ver Fish tro­phy.

“It was truly a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence to be called on stage to re­ceive the award. Ig­na­cio de Loy­ola was made with blood, sweat, and tears, lit­er­ally! We share this im­por­tant recog­ni­tion with our di­rec­tor and screen­writer Paolo Dy and the whole cast, crew, and pro­duc­tion staff who made this film with so much pas­sion and grace and turned it into a gen­uine la­bor of love,” Sal­tarin said.

Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer Fr. Em­manuel Al­fonso, SJ, said, “We are greatly hon­ored by this award. It comes as a real sur­prise-be­cause the film was our first at­tempt at film­mak­ing. We ,there­fore, share this with all those who strug­gled with us to be able to pro­duce this film. We hope that more peo­ple will be in­spired by the ex­am­ple of St. Ig­natius!”

In 2016, “Ig­na­cio de Loy­ola” first made his­tory when it be­camethe first Filipino film to pre­miere at the Vat­i­can. Pro­duced by Je­suit Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Foun­da­tion Philip­pines and top-billed by Span­ish ac­tor An­dreas Muñoz, it en­joyed a suc­cess ful-the­atri­cal run in the Philip­pines last year and has been shown in many coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States, Spain, and Mex­ico, where it won the Au­di­ence Choice Award at the 12th Cine Con Valores Film Fes­ti­val.

The ‘Mirabile Dictu,’ the CBCP said, is the Os­cars of Catholic films. It re­ceives more than a thou­sand film en­tries each year from all over the world.

It aims to en­cour­age pro­duc­ers and film­mak­ers to cre­ate doc­u­men­taries, docu-fic­tion, TV se­ries, short films, and pro­grams that pro­mote uni­ver­sal moral val­ues and pos­i­tive mod­els.

Now on its 8th year, it was con­ceived and cre­ated in 2010 un­der the High Pa­tron­age of the Pon­tif­i­cal Coun­cil for Cul­ture (Pon­tif­i­cium Con­sil­i­umde Cul­tura) dur­ing Pope Bene­dict XVI’s pon­tif­i­cate. Car­di­nal Gian­franco Ravasi, pres­i­dent of the coun­cil, was present at the award­ing cer­e­monies and gave the mes­sage on how the power of film can trans­form lives.

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