“A Forbidden God" Wins the “Silver Fish” Award
Rome. On the evening of June 26th, the film “A Forbiden God” won the award for Best Picture of 2104 at the “Mirabile Dictu” International Catholic Film Festival which is held in Rome under the patronage of the Pontifical Council of Culture. Some have described this event as "the Oscars of Catholic films".
At this Festival more than 1,600 films from 120 countries were presented. The three finalists selected were: from France "The Apostle", which tells the story of a Muslim who discovers Christ; from the USA "The Letters", about the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and “A Forbidden God”, produced under the patronage of the Claretians and that recounts the testimony of the "Martyrs of Barbastro".
The venue for the awards was the "Complesso di Santo Spirito in Sassia". The ceremony was presided over by Cardinal Ravassi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and Liana Marabini, founder and President of the Festival. Attending on behalf of the Congregation were Frs. José-Félix Valderrábano, Secretary General, and Manuel Tamargo who, as major Superior of the province of Santiago, promoted this project. Receiving the award, the “Silver Fish, was the film director Pablo Moreno, accompanied by the actor Iñigo Etayo, which was also nominated for "best actor".
Film was also screened at the "Art and Faith" Festival held in the Italian city of Orvieto on the 19th of June, at the initiative of the Director of the Festival and President of the "Fondazione dell'Ente per lo spettacolo".
From left to right:Fr. Manuel Tamargo CMF, Fr. José Félix Valderrábano CMF, actor Íñigo Etayo and film director Pablo Moreno, with the "Pez de plata" (Silver Fish) award.