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Film about priest killed by Nazis wins Mirabile Dictu award

The International Catholic Film Festival, Mirabile Dictu, has announced this year's winners. The festival recognizes films that best promote universal moral values and positive models. The trophy is the Silver Fish, inspired by the Christian symbol. 

This year's best film award went to Austrian Hermann Weiskopf''s “Otto Neururer, Hope Through Darkness.” 

It is the true story of an Austrian priest, Otto Neururer, killed by the Nazis in the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1940 for secretly administering the sacraments to those in the camp.

Best documentary award went to American Ricardo del Pozo's “J.R.R. Tolkien. An Unexpected Friend.” It tells the surprising story of the author of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.”

Best short film award went to Hungarian Ernӧ Zoltán Balogh's “Faces.” It tells the story of the martyrdom of Kucsera Ferenc, a young chaplain killed by the Soviets in 1919.

“Mirabile Dictu” is a Latin expression meaning “wonderful to relate.” It is an appropriate name for the festival, whose goal is to show the Church's message from a new perspective combining glamour and tradition.

Claudia Torres