Spirituality and Film

Frank Frost has enjoyed a long career as both a critic and a television producer. He has served on special juries at the Venice Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, and the Monte Carlo Television Festival. He is also founder of the U.S. membership affiliate of the International Catholic Organization for Cinema (now SIGNIS). He served as Vice President of SIGNIS World 2014-2017, and now serves as president of SIGNIS North America.

He is co-founder of the National Film Retreat, and with Mary Link Frost has been leading a film discussion series at Holy Trinity Parish in Georgetown, Washington, DC, since 2011, called “Movie Moments of Grace.”

Since 2009 he has annually organized the SIGNIS International Jury Award for “the best film that illuminates what it means to be human in a diverse and challenging world.”

 

INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC JURY PRIZE AT FILMFEST DC 2017
AWARDED TO THE NET

April 30, 2017
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WASHINGTON, DC – The Korean film, The Net, by Kim Ki-duk received the SIGNIS Award at the conclusion of Filmfest DC 2017. Kim wrote, produced, directed and photographed this spare tense drama, which tells the story of a poor North Korean fisherman who helplessly floats into South Korean waters one day when his nets clog the propeller on his outboard motor.

The SIGNIS Award is presented to the film judged by its jury to “best illuminate and celebrate what it means to be human in a diverse and challenging world.”"   The citation released by the jury indicates that the fisherman finds himself entrapped in the political nets of the two Koreas, and becomes the innocent victim of the relentless security apparatus of two enemy nations.   It concludes, “The universal impact of his story questions the true meaning of freedom and the price of oppressive political control at the expense of the individual human being.”

Several other films reviewed by the SIGNIS jury were also worthy of recognition, according to jury chair, Frank Frost: “The fact that our decision was so difficult is a tribute to Filmfest DC director Tony Gittens and his associate Shirin Ghareeb for once again bringing to Washington movie screens a large number of high quality and entertaining films that also reveal a deep humanistic ethos.”

SIGNIS (www.signis.net), the official World Catholic Association for Communication, has been seating juries and presenting awards at major international festivals since 1947, including Cannes, Venice, and Berlin, among others. SIGNIS juries are now active in festivals in nearly forty countries. By its presence in the professional cinema world, SIGNIS seeks to contribute in a concrete way to the development of a cinema guided by human and spiritual values.

International SIGNIS Jurors for FilmfestDC 2015, in addition to Frank Frost, were Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Granja from Ecuador; Marjorie Suchocki, Director of the Common Good Festival in Claremont, California; and Mary Link Frost, from McLean, VA.

The full citation of the SIGNIS Jury Award reads:

The SIGNIS Jury assembled for Filmfest DC 2017 has elected to present its SIGNIS Award to the Korean film The Net.    This tense drama by Kim Ki-duk tells the story of a poor North Korean fisherman, Nam Chul-woo, who drifts into South Korean territory when his fishing nets clog the propeller of his outboard motor.   He finds himself entrapped in the political nets of the two Koreas, both of which suspect him of being a spy.   Remaining true to his country, and totally dedicated to his family, Nam Chul-woo becomes the innocent victim of the relentless security apparatus of two enemy nations.   The universal impact of his story questions the true meaning of freedom and the price of oppressive political control at the expense of the individual human being.

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