2010 Winners


Awards 2010: Best movie and best supporting actor at the MirabileDictu International Catholic Film Festival


In 1939, an unassuming Portuguese diplomat named Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a married family man in his 60s, is appointed as a consul in Bordeaux. In 1940, as German troops swarm across France he defies his superiors and the orders of the dictator Salazar by issuing thousands of visas for entry into Portugal. In doing so, he enables almost 30,000 people including 10,000 Jews to escape the barbarity of the Nazi regime.

Title: Désobéir – Aristides de Sousa Mendes

Director: Joel Santoni

Starring: Bernard Le Coq, Nanou Garcia, Frédéric Quiring

Production: Europe Images International

Genre: Telefilm Storico

Length: 2h

“The Butterfly Circus” (2009)

Award 2010: Best Short movie at The MirabileDictu International Catholic Film Festival.

Synopsis: At the time of the Great Depression, the showman of a renowned circus leads his troupe through the devastated American landscape, lifting the spirits of audiences along the way. During their travels they discover a man without limbs at a carnival sideshow. However, after an intriguing encounter with the showman, the limbless man sees his life dramatically changed by a new challenge: The hope.

Title: “The butterfly circus”

Director: Joshua Weigel

Production: Doorpost Film Project

Starring: Eduardo Verastegui e Nick Vujicic

Genre: Drammatico

Length: 20 min.

“Janey Mary” (2007)

Award 2010: Best director at the MirabileDictu International Catholic Film Festival


Janey Mary is a short film based on the original short story by famous Irish author James Plunkett. It tells the story of a five years old girl in 1940’s Dublin, who is sent out by her mother onto the cold and wet winter streets to beg for food. In her desperate search for food she misses school and remembers that she’s also going to miss her old friend Fr. Benedict, the Augustinian priest. Her search leads her to where a large crowd of people are queuing outside the Augustinian Church waiting for bread rations to be handed out. It is here, in the mad scramble for food, that little Janey Mary is trampled on and left for dead – it is her old friend Fr. Benedict who risks his own life to save hers.

Title: “Janey Mary – all alone in the world-”

Director: Paul Brady

Starring: Kelsey Enright

Production: Little Step Production

Length: 20 min.

“Veilleurs dans la nuit” (2010)

Award 2010: best documentary at the MirabileDictu International Catholic Film Festival


A day at the abbey of Sainte-Madeleine Barroux.

A wonderful journey at the discovery of the monastic life during a workday and prayers. Some great images in a delightful setting to enjoy the splendor of the beautiful liturgy.

Title: “Veilleurs dans la nuit – une journée monastique à l’abbaye Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux”

Directors: Eddy Vicken e Yvon Bertorello

Production: Les Films de l’Effronté

Length: 52 min.