Spiritual Cinema

In November 10th and November 16th Riseci was involved in the Spiritual Film Festival organised every year in Barcelona. On this occasion the event took place inside the project Multiart, putting together more than 55 activities and more than 10 partners on art, spirituality, dialogue and visual culture in the city of Barcelona. This festival brings together the youth and the elderly people together in different cinemas around in the city.


RISECI participated in the presentation of the film “SURE “; a film directed by Giovanni Columbu. The film explains the Calvary of Christ to his crucifixion in a different environment. Perhaps Pasolini ‘s influence has led him to narrate the Passion from Sardinia with non-professional actors. Their faces are almost dry, hard, with long silences and raw nature. The few spoken are in Sardinian and within the silence we can appreciate how well the post-production was done and some details shown in the scenes.

In the subsequent roundtable, the theologian, Dean and President of the Faculty of Theology of Catalunya –Armand Puig Tàrrech– said that this film is highly theological and tells an undending story.

The act of making a film of Jesus in Sardenya illustrates what Christianity has been to Europe: a religion that is adapted to each location and continuously updated, within a process of inculturation.

Bianca come il latte, rossa come il sangue

(White as Milk, Red as Blood) On Saturday November 16th Josep Maria Sucarrats, a film expert, was invited to speak on the film “Bianca come il latte, rossa come il sangue”, from Italian filmaker Giacomo Campiotti. The film, presented at the Ancient Filmoteque of Barcelona, is a story on love, youth and death and it combines the search for an authentic love and it strengthens the idea of love playing with the notion that Dante Aligherhi offers in his masterwork La Divina Comedia. Sucarrats highlighted how this is a very “educational film” on youth, showing that youth is not only a group of angry human beings but also authentic people in search of good things. Colors such as blue, white and red are very important in the film and are used as a metaphors for absence, love, fullfillness and donation.

This film was presented in advance in this session coorganised together with RISECI and it is a story that shows how the identity is not something given only by tradition but a process involving others such family, friends and even people we do not know but we could help with our small or large gestures of kindness. Also the search for something more transcendent is very present in the film, where God is nominated more than once and the presence of religious symbols is not explicit but present in different ways and reconciliation.