Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is starring in two motion pictures coming out this month.
Marking the first time a pope has ever participated in and appeared in a movie, Pope Francis is featured in “Beyond the Sun,” which follows four friends who are in search of God. He is also starring in “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word,” a documentary.
“Beyond the Sun,” written and directed by Graciela Rodriguez Gilio, is a family movie. According to a statement shared with The Christian Post, the filmmakers wish to bring a message of “hope, joy, and God’s love to all” by using the exploration of Bible stories through the eyes of a group of runaways who wish to discover God.
“‘Beyond the Sun’ is a modern day tale of hope, faith and courage based on stories from the Bible. Featuring an awe-inspiring appearance by His Holiness Pope Francis, the film chronicles the adventures of four young friends in search of God. This uplifting story is intended to spiritually engage and encourage audiences of all ages to live their best life, make good choices and help others,” the film’s synopsis reads.
Rodriguez-Gilio, a psychiatrist turned filmmaker, told The Hollywood Reporter that she was not afraid to ask the 266th pontiff to be in the film because of her time working with him and victims of abuse in Argentina.
“It was easy for me to ask because I knew him from before he was the pope,” Rodriguez Gilio told THR.
“He is used to having cameras in front of him now. He would advise [the crew] and be like, ‘The light is better this way,'” Rodriguez Gilio recalled, adding that Francis showed up to set with rosaries as gifts for the crew.
Distributed by AMBI Distribution, the film will donate all profits to Los Hogares de Cristo and El Almendro. “Beyond the Sun” was released May 15.
The second film, “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word,” set to release May 18, is a documentary by three-time Academy Award nominee Wim Wenders. The film is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis rather than the typical biographical documentary.
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Source: Christian Post