11/21/2020 07:30 pm – Murnau-Filmtheater

Italy 2019 93 min Italian original version with German and English subtitles

by Valentina Pedicini

Script: Valentina Pedicini, DoP: Bastian Esser, Editor: Luca Mandrile, Production: Stemal Entertainment, Rai Cinema, Producer: Donatella Palermo

An isolated monastery in the Italian hills. A kung fu master. A community of Christian monks. A single faith: to fight evil in the name of the Father. For 20 years, the “Warrior Monks”, former martial arts champions, have been preparing for a “higher” war. A poetic, emotional journey in an unknown world. A film to investigate the profound motivations for a radical choice, the reasons for devotion.

“Is this a toxic demonstration of patriarchy in action, or is it a kind of perverse theater, blending spirituality and sadomasochism to inseparable effect? Featuring no direct interviews with the Warriors, FAITH remains ambiguous on this front, though it isn’t blind to the allure this sequestered world might hold for them.” (

Valentina Pedicini graduated with honours in Direction from the Zelig International School of documentary film. Her works during her school years, PATER NOSTER, MIO SOVVERSIVO AMORE and MY MARLBORO CITY, have been selected for many festivals. In 2013, her documentary DAL PROFONDO won the Solinas Prize at the International Film Festival of Rome. In 2015, she shot her first fiction short film, ERA IERI, which premiered at the International Critics’ Week at the Venice International Film Festival. In 2016, she shot her first fiction feature film: DOVE CADONO LE OMBRE. FAITH is her new documentary.

Filmography (selection): 2013 DAL PROFONDO, 2016 DOVE CADONO LE OMBRE, 2019 FAITH

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