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The Bresson Award for Liliana Cavani

The Italian film director Liliana Cavani has won the 2018 Robert Bresson Award, presented on the occasion of the Venice International Film Festival. Established in 1999, this award is given every year to the film director who has shown with his or her work the difficult path of the search for the spiritual meaning of existence. Sponsored by the Holy See’s dicasteries, the Pontifical Councils for Social Communications and for Culture, this is the first time that the award has been given to a woman. We recall two little-known works from among the rich variety of Cavani’s oeuvre: the splendid Jesus My Brother, the Life and Spirituality of Charles de Foucauld and of the Little Brothers of Jesus (1964), and the more recent Clarisse [Poor Clares] (2012), in which the Sisters of the Monastery of Santa Chiara, Urbino, play leading roles.They are placid, ironic, tough, cultured and disobedient, a little like the Clare whom Cavani wrote about for women church world (September 2013).

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