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Cannes, May, 23rd, 2017 (ICN). Pope Francis is to become the first Pope to participate personally and feature in a documentary film. The announcement was made at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival by film producer 'Focus Features' that said it had acquired worldwide rights to 'Pope Francis – A Man of His Word.'
The film, directed by film director Wim Wenders, is a co-production with the Vatican. A press release reveals it’s only the second time the Vatican has collaborated with outside filmmakers and the first to grant direct access to a Pope.
Focus Features said the star film director is currently working the ‘historic non-fiction’ film, emphasizing that it is not a film about Pope Francis, but rather a film project with him.
It said it will feature Pope Francis in conversation, and discussing issues such as ecological responsibility, immigration, consumer behaviour and social justice, addressing the audience directly.
The press release also said: “it is a great exception in the history of the Vatican that the doors are opened to an external filmmaker so liberally. In addition to the privilege of talking to the Pope several times, Wim Wenders is given the opportunity to use exclusive material from the Vatican Archives”.
As the film is currently in production, there is still no date set for its release.
Wim Wenders was awarded twice by SIGNIS and INTERFILM at the Cannes Film festival: he received the ecumenical award in 1984 for Paris, Texas, and a special commendation in 2014 for The Salt of the Earth co-directed with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.