Wim Wenders On The Power Of Pope Francis, ‘A Man Of His Word’ In The Fake News Era – Cannes Studio

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Wim Wenders hadn’t entertained the notion of an audience with the Pope when the Vatican wrote him to ask if he’d be interested in helming a documentary on the current incumbent Pope Francis. But the prospect was intriguing, he told Deadline…

‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’ to Get Nationwide U.S. Release (EXCLUSIVE)

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Focus Features is deploying a nationwide U.S. distribution strategy for “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” the Wim Wenders-directed documentary that launched in Cannes on Sunday as a special screening. The film’s North American release May 18 has been …

Cannes Review: Pope Francis Documentary Is a Modest Film About a Bold Man

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There are very few directors who have made both top-notch narrative films and documentaries, among them Michael Apted, Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and a recent addition to the list, Cannes juror Ava DuVernay. But the German director Wim …

Cannes Film Review: ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’

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As both a fiction filmmaker and a documentarian, Wim Wenders has always been more concerned with the journeys of individuals than the systems and institutions in which those journeys are made. In his Palme d’Or winner “Paris, Texas,” Wenders tackled th…

Vatican-Produced Pope Francis Documentary Hits Theaters in May

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Wim Wender’s “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” will open in domestic theaters on May 18, 2018, Focus Features announced Wednesday.

Written and directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Wender, the documentary is a rare co-production with the Vatican itself. It features behind-the-scenes footage and the Pope addresses his audience directly while answering questions about life, death, social justice and immigration, among other topics.

The film shows the pope during many journeys around the world, including footage of him speaking at the United Nations, addressing the Congress of the United States, and he also speaks to prisoners in correctional facilities as well as refugees in Mediterranean Land. In it, he also travels to the Holy Land, Africa, South America and Asia.

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Universal Pictures International will distribute the documentary internationally.

“Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” is produced by Wenders with Samanta Gandolfi Branca, Alessandro Lo Monaco, Andrea Gambetta and David Rosier. The film is a production of Célestes Images, Centro Televisivo Vaticano, Solares Fondazione delle Arti, PTS Art’s Factory, Neue Road Movies, Fondazione Solares Suisse, and Decia Films.

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The announcement today coincided with Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for Christians around the world.

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Pope Francis Warns of Spread of ‘Fake News’

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Pope Francis warned of the dangers of the spread of “fake news,” and even compared it to the “crafty serpent” who misled Eve in the Book of Genesis. In a message issued by the Vatican to mark World Communications Day, Francis called for a “journalism of peace,” reporting that “is truthful and opposed to falsehoods, […]

Pope Francis Blasts ‘Fake News,’ Compares It to ‘Crafty Serpent’ Who Deceived Eve

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Pope Francis is wading into the debate over fake news, issuing a lengthy discourse Wednesday on the matter as part of his World Communications Day message.

In his remarks he decried the growing phenomena of false information and likened it to the serpent who deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden.

“Yet preventing and identifying the way disinformation works also calls for a profound and careful process of discernment. We need to unmask what could be called the ‘snake tactics’ used by those who disguise themselves in order to strike at any time and place,” said the pope.

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“This was the strategy employed by the ‘crafty serpent’ in the Book of Genesis, who, at the dawn of humanity, created the first fake news,” he added.

The Pope offered a detailed explanation of how he defined “fake news” and — for an octogenarian — gave a rather insightful analysis of how it spreads.

There is no such thing as harmless disinformation; trusting in falsehood can have dire consequences.

— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 24, 2018

“Fake news often goes viral, spreading so fast that it is hard to stop, not because of the sense of sharing that inspires the social media, but because it appeals to the insatiable greed so easily aroused in human beings,” said Francis.

Though the term is a favorite of President Trump’s, who uses it as a cudgel against negative press coverage, it’s unlikely that Francis and Trump would see eye-to-eye on it — or much else.

During the 2016 campaign, Francis took the extraordinary step of criticizing Trump’s proposal for a border wall and immigration policies. Trump then took perhaps the even more extraordinary step of firing back at Francis

“If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president because this would not have happened,” he said during a campaign rally in South Carolina in 2016.

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International Newswire: Amazon, Netflix Struggle in Middle East, North Africa, Says Report

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In today’s International Newswire, Amazon and Netflix struggle to make headway in Middle East and North Africa against local rivals, Juan Minujín is cast as the young Pope Francis in Fernando Meirelles’ Netflix original movie ‘El Papa,’ Studiocanal strikes box-office gold with buddy comedy ‘Marry Me, Dude,’ and Eurimages awards $503,000 to Romanian animated feature […]

Pope Francis Will Turn Attention to ‘Fake News’ in Upcoming Message

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Pope Francis plans to issue a message about fake news early next year, weighing in on what has become a serious issue for social media platforms. In a tweet on Friday, Francis wrote that “I have chosen this theme for World Communications Day 2018: ‘The truth will set you free’ (Jn 8:32). Fake news and […]

‘Beyond the Sun,’ in Which Pope Francis Plays Himself, Gets Vatican Premiere

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VATICAN CITY – “Beyond the Sun,” a simple but effective English-language children’s adventure film in which Pope Francis plays himself, premiered Wednesday at the Vatican, signaling a clear attempt by the pontiff and his communications advisors to use movies as a medium to spread the Catholic message to the young. The pic, in which Francis appears… Read more »

Sean Spicer Finally Got to Meet Pope Francis, No Thanks to Trump

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Good news for Sean Spicer: he finally got to meet the pope!

On Sunday, the former White House Press Secretary attended a meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network in the Vatican, where at long last, he met Pope Francis, ABC News reported. This encounter comes some three months after President Trump denied Spicer the chance to meet the Catholic leader during an official presidential visit to the Vatican in May.

Because Spicer is Roman Catholic, many people were surprised when they learned he was left off of a list of White House staffers selected to meet him. Whether or not the exclusion was intentional, some interpreted it as a jerk move on Trump’s part and showed sympathy for Spicer on social media.

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According to ABC, the Vatican press office announced the audience at the international gathering on Sunday.

As the pope “gave a ‘brief greeting’ to the 250 or so participants,” Spicer sat in the front row, taking pictures with his phone.

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Focus Features Acquires Wim Wenders’ Pope Francis Doc ‘Man of His Word’

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Focus Features has scooped up worldwide rights to Wim Wenders new documentary “A Man of His Word,” which touts exclusive access to the beloved Catholic church leader Pope Francis.

The “Buena Vista Social Club” and “Pina” director’s latest film is less a nonfiction biopic and more a ridealong with the humble Pope, whose emphasis on uplifting the poor has won him global fandom and upended his institution.

The film will showcase “footage from the Vatican’s archive shows the Pope on journeys, sharing his ideas and ideals in different parts of the world,” a Focus spokesperson said.

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“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,” Wenders added.

“A Man of His Word” was produced by Wenders with Samanta Gandolfi Branca, Alessandro Lo Monaco (“The World’s Smallest Army”) and Andrea Gambetta and David Rosier. The film is a production of Célestes Images, Centro Televisivo Vaticano, Solares Fondazione delle Arti, PTS Art’s Factory, Neue Road Movies, Fondazione Solares Suisse, and Decia Films.

Cinetic Media and Sloss Eckhouse LawCo negotiated the deal on behalf of the producerscannes

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Pope Francis Movie ‘Beyond the Sun’ Heading to Cannes

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Ambi Pictures has wrapped production in Argentina on “Beyond the Sun,” with Pope Francis appearing as himself, and will launch international sales at the Cannes Film Festival. Ambi announced the project last year, touting it as the first time that a pope has ever appeared in a feature film. Written and directed by Graciela Rodriguez, “Beyond… Read more »

Bill O’Reilly Meets Pope Francis as Fox News Exit Looms

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Bill O’Reilly met Pope Francis on Wednesday morning in Vatican City as reports of the cable news anchor’s impending exit from Fox News continue to swirl stateside. O’Reilly, who announced last week he would take a vacation from “The O’Reilly Factor,” was in the Vatican’s VIP line in St. Peter’s Square as the pontiff made… Read more »

Armenian Genocide Movie ‘The Promise’ Screens at Vatican With Director Terry George and Talent (EXCLUSIVE)

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ROME — Armenian genocide movie “The Promise” screened at the Vatican on Tuesday with director Terry George, producer Eric Esrailian and some talent attending, in a clear sign of Catholic Church support ahead of the upcoming U.S. release of the big-budget epic bankrolled by late billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. Though lead actors Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac did not… Read more »

Netflix Buys Pope Francis Mini-Series From Berlusconi’s Mediaset

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ROME — Top Italian commercial TV network Mediaset has announced the sale to Netflix of its event mini-series “Call Me Francis,” which portrays Jorge Maria Bergoglio’s path from Jesuit priest to groundbreaking pontiff. The four-part skein is the most ambitious title destined for the international TV market so far by the broadcaster, which is owned by… Read more »

Martin Scorsese Meets Pope Francis and Talks Jesuit History Prior to ‘Silence’ Screening

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ROME – Martin Scorsese and Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich met with Pope Francis on Wednesday prior to a Vatican screening of “Silence,” the veteran U.S. director’s new film about the persecution of Christians in 17th-century Japan. The private papal audience, held in the Apostolic Palace, was announced by the Vatican press office Tuesday in a clear… Read more »

‘Silence’ Director Martin Scorsese To Meet With Pope Francis

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Before Silence makes its world premiere at the Vatican on Thursday before 400 priests and guests, pic’s director Martin Scorsese will have a private audience with Pope Francis tomorrow morning at 8:45AM Rome time before the pontiff has his regular weekly general audience. The news was announced by the Vatican press office today.
Pope Francis and Scorsese are expected to discuss Silence, and the mission of the Jesuits, which is the priestly order Francis belongs to.
When…

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Set for Advance Screening at Vatican

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