Pope Biopic 'Call Me Francesco' to Get Vatican World Premiere

Associated Press
Pope Francis

The first biopic about Pope Francis hits Italian cinemas on Dec. 3.

The new film about the life of Pope Francis, Call Me Francesco, will have its world premiere at the Vatican on Dec. 1, before hitting Italian theaters on Dec. 3 on 700 screens.

The film, from Daniele Luchetti, is produced by Mediaset’s TaoDue and distributed by Medusa in Italy. 

Call Me Francesco details the life of the Holy Father from his youth as the son of Italian immigrants in Argentina, living under the military dictatorship, to his pastoral work in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, to becoming a leader in the Catholic Church.

The story ends on March 13, 2013, the day he was elected Pope. Argentine actor Rodrigo de la Serna stars as the young Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who would later become Pope Francis.

The film required 15 weeks of shooting across Argentina, Germany and Italy, 3,000 extras and much research.

Silvio Berlusconi was an early supporter of the project and plans on distributing the film worldwide. TaoDue is handling international sales.

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