Francesco, a new documentary feature about and featuring unprecedented access to Pope Francis, is set to have its world premiere at the Rome Film Festival on Oct. 21 and its North American premiere at the Savannah Film Festival on Oct. 25.
The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively debuting the trailer for the film (see below), which was directed by Oscar nominee Evgeny Afineevsky (2015’s Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom) and is seeking U.S. distribution.
Filmed with the pope right through June, in the midst of the pandemic, Francesco chronicles the pontiff’s work and candid thoughts on COVID-19, police violence, racism, border walls and separation, migration and refugees, LGBTQ issues, women’s rights and sexual abuse in the church.
It features interviews with not only the current pope, but also his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and other activists and advocates who have clashed and worked with the Vatican in recent years.
The film’s producers are Afineevsky and his Oscar-nominated Winter on Fire collaborator Den Tolmor, as well as Dr. Eric Esrailian and the former dean UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Teri Schwartz.
Ted Hope, Colleen Camp, Mark Monroe, Bonnie Abaunza, Tomas Srovnal and Robert Fyvolent served as executive producers.