I fratelli in Italia

  • 07.09.2011

“In an age when cinema is dominated by spectacular special effects,” said Bishop Celli, who presented the award, “the work of the Dardenne brothers seems to me to contain in its deepest sense the idea of a cinema that confronts the spectator with the questions of life and faith, while helping him in his personal journey of search and growth. With modesty and acuity, they have managed to print on film a series of stories that are true parables of redemption. He also praised “the realism and essentialism that are at the heart of their work”: “In each of their films, painful stories of injustice, loneliness, abandonment, stories of desperate men who are ready for anything,” concluded the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, “one senses the concern for a restless search for man, for forgiveness, for a true encounter.”

Even if they had chosen Cannes to propose their Ragazzo con la Bicicletta, the brothers were also received with great pomp at the Mostra. A pleasure doubled by a legitimate pride, especially since their last film is a great public success in Italy.

Happiness never comes alone, it is known. Jean-Pierre and Luc had already been awarded the “Premio Fiesole ai Maestri del Cinema” (Fiesole Prize to the Masters of Cinema) last July 8 (a prize awarded, in the past, to Alfred Hitchcock, Luis Buñuel, Bernardo Bertolucci or Ken Loach… Nice company. Two days later, they accepted the “Premio internazionale Flaiano del cinema” (Flaiano International Cinema Prize) awarded in Pescara and which counts among its past winners François Truffaut, Krystof Kieslowski, Aki Kaurismäki…

This second trip to Italy was an opportunity for the Friars to go not only to Venice, but also to Otranto for the closing of the OFFF 2011 on Tuesday, September 6, at the Aragonese castle. Jean-Pierre and Luc received “il Riconoscimento speciale Città di Otranto” and gave a conference together with Philippe Reynaert, director of Wallimage and president of Cine-Regio, the union of European funds, and Delphine Tomson, their executive producer for Les Films du Fleuve.

What ambassadors!