Cannes: Focus Buys Pope Francis Doc by Wim Wenders
Pope Francis is participating in the project, which was announced in Cannes Friday.
Focus Features on Friday unveiled that it has acquired a new feature documentary about the current pope, to be directed by Wim Wenders.
The film is called Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.
Focus said the film was "not a biography about the pope, rather a film with him." In March 2013, Buenos Aires cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th pope of the Catholic Church.
In the doc, he responds to questions submitted from around the globe. Exclusive footage from the Vatican’s archive shows the pope on journeys, sharing his ideas and ideals in different parts of the world.
Said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski: “The belief that movies can impact individuals and the world at large is at the very core of Focus Features. We are humbled at the responsibility of planting this film into the global culture so that the thoughts and words of a spiritual leader as inspiring and compassionate as Pope Francis can take root.”
Said Wenders: “Pope Francis is a living example of a man who stands for what he says. In our film, he speaks directly to the viewer, very candidly and spontaneously. We wanted Pope Francis: A Man of His Word to be for all audiences, as the pope’s message is universal. Through the full cooperation of the Vatican, we were privileged to have several long audiences with Pope Francis, and Focus now joins us in bringing his radical compassion and deep humanism to an audience around the globe.”
The German director, who won Cannes' Palme d'Or in 1984 with Paris, Texas, is as least as well-known as a documentarian as he is as a fictional filmmaker. He has racked up three Oscar nominations in the best documentary category, for The Salt of the Earth in 2015, Pina in 2012 and Buena Vista Social Club in 2000.