Giuseppe and Ennio – timeless and immortal. The legendary maestro and the famous director united by the same award.

The award-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore and the hero of Tornatore’s latest documentary, Ennio Morricone, were both awarded the same accolade – the papal Per Artem Ad Deum medal. Ten years elapsed between the award presentation. This unique arch has connected the artists during the final preparation stage for the premiere of the “Ennio” film.

Many years of cooperation and friendship between the director Giuseppe Tornatore and Ennio Morricone have resulted in many outstanding cinematic productions. The Pontifical Council for Culture has recognised both artists’ work and bestowed its Per Artem Ad Deum Medal. The exceptional composer received the award in 2012 at Targi Kielce from the hands of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. This year’s award was presented to Giuseppe Tornatore in the Vatican.

– Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, presenting the Per Artem Ad Deum to Giuseppe Tornatore, recalled the fact that ten years ago, he had personally presented this distinction to Ennio Morricone. This is a beautiful time-arch, considering the fact that Ennio Morricone’s music is a true advantage which only enhances Giuseppe Tornatore’s beautiful films. What is also worth emphasising is the fact that the artists were bound not only by many years’ cooperation but also by a great friendship – emphasised Andrzej Mochoń PhD., President of Targi Kielce.

This year’s winner revealed some backstage details himself. – Some content requires swift film action; others need to be related at a slower pace,  depending on what I want to present. The film featuring Ennio Morricone is really “fast”, because the language of music is the message. The editing method depended on music rather than the visual message. This kind of construction would not make sense in other films – he explains.

He explained that in all films, the essential characters live in symbiosis with the place where they were born. – The conditions created here have an impact on their fate. This way is writing the script is not my rational choice; it’s an interesting coincidence,  as it sometimes contains the meaning of one’s real thoughts. I am convinced that the place where we are born ultimately shapes our character, the way we perceive the world. My way of seeing things is determined by the place where I was born, the education I received, this environment which made it possible to meet certain people – he says.

Giuseppe Tornatore revealed that he identifies with all the characters he has shown in his films. – Though there is one I fully embody. I’m talking about the boy from Cinema Paradiso,  the one fascinated with cinematography from an early age; the boy wants to live inside the scene. He tries to discover how a film is made. His curiosity, and pursuit of a dream, reflect me, both as a boy and as an adult. This curiosity about the cinema has kept me alive all this time; it has been a part of me – he says.

The artist stated that the fact he was awarded the Per Artem Ad Deum Medal resonates in his subsequent works. – He convinces me that you cannot put a story into a cage; each story broadens the horizons. The Pontifical Council for Culture’s Medal will definitely influence my further work. I will reflect more deeply on the content, questioning myself about what is the base of my love for storytelling. We are born to either listen or relate. My profession is privileged in this respect. The “Per Artem Ad Deum” award is a symbol and confirmation that people hear something more in the stories than I originally wanted to present – he emphasised.

It is worth recollecting that in 2012, Ennio Morricone was also presented the Per Artem ad Deum medal  The artist received this award in person at Targi Kielce from the hands of the Pontifical Council for Culture’s chairman, HE Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. The awarding ceremony gained extra splendour owing to the concert; the Świętokrzyskie Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied by the Krakow Philharmonic Choir, performed a piece by Ennio Morricone, “Tra cielo e terra – between heaven and earth”. This opus was chosen by the composer himself and the Kielce performance was the world premiere.

The  Per Artem ad Deum Medal has been awarded at the Targi Kielce since 2005. Until now, this distinction has been awarded to 30 outstanding laureates.

Giuseppe Tornatore pronounced the laureate of this year’s Per Artem Ad Deum award

The famous Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore, the creator of the Oscar-winning film “Cinema Pradiso”, as well as of the “Malena” and “Pure Formality” has been pronounced this year’s laureate of the Medal of the Pontifical Council for Culture – Per Artem Ad Deum. This distinction has been awarded for 17 years; the awarding ceremony is a part of the Targi Kielce’s Sacroexpo, until now the laureates’ fellowship includes 30 personages and among them  Ennio Morricone, Arvo Pärt, Krzysztof Zanussi, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wincenty Kućma and Leszek Mądzik.

The Medals of the Pontifical Council   By the resolution of the Pontifical Council for Culture, this year’s Per Artem Ad Deum Award goes to Giuseppe Tornatore: for showing the truth, which is the emotional experience of the relationship with the Infinite and the Unknowable. The Italian director’s artistic body of works includes many complex metaphors and religious allegories, encouraging viewers to venture into the unknown. Giuseppe Tornatore is the creator of famous pieces, including the Oscar-winning film “Cinema Paradiso”, the movie “Malena” with Monika Bellucci in the lead and “Pure Formality”. In addition, the director collaborated with the composer Ennio Morricone, to whom he devoted his latest documentary – “Ennio”.

Sacroexpo is the world’s only exhibition where the Pontifical Council for Culture Medal “Per Artem ad Deum” has been awarded. Kultury. In exceptional circumstances, the award is bestowed outside the Kielce exhibition and congress centre,  which was the case of Arvo Pärt, who received the award at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn, and Ernest Bryll – last year’s laureate, who received the award at his home in Warsaw. This year is similar in this respect – Giuseppe Tornatore will receive the medal of the Pontifical Council for Culture in the Vatican from the hands of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi – president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Bishop Marian Florczyk and President of Targi Kielce’s Board, Andrzej Mochoń PhD.

We look forward to seeing you at Targi Kielce’s Sacroexpo held from 6 to 8 June 2022. Admission – free, prior expo registration obligatory required – go to the registration via Targi Kielce’s website or on-site during the event.