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While shooting inside a Roman refugee camp and re-creating the Sistine Chapel, the film ultimately focuses on a conversation between conservative Benedict XVI and progressive Francis as it explores 'what had made the most traditional pope of the modern era do the most untraditional thing possible and resign.'
In September 2015, Anthony McCarten was on vacation in Rome when he got some bad news: His cousin had died. The 58-year-old writer, a former altar boy from a devout New Zealand family a lapsed or rather 'collapsed' Roman Catholic, as he puts it, went in search of a church where he could light a candle and found himself in St. Peter's Square, surrounded by thousands of people 'of all denominations, races and creeds,' jammed into the open space for Pope Francis' weekly mass.
The atmosphere was electric, the pontiff's presence overwhelming, even though McCarten Darkest Hour, The Theory of Everything couldn't understand a word the cleric said in Italian. He began to wonder how such a liberal figure had ascended to the papacy in 2013 after the eight-year pontificate of Benedict XVI, an arch-conservative who had stepped down of his own accord.
'It occurred to me in that moment,' says McCarten, 'to ask: What had made the most traditional pope of the modern era do the most untraditional thing possible and resign?'
That was the beginning of a long journey of exploration that led McCarten first to write a play The Pope, staged earlier this year in Northampton, England and then a film: the $45 million Netflix movie The Two Popes in limited theatrical release beginning Nov. 27, streaming Dec. 20. Shot over 48 days in Argentina and Rome, the two shoots separated by a break of three and a half months, the feature is director Fernando Meirelles' first since 2011's 360 and may well return him to the Oscars, where his 2002 drama City of God earned four Academy Award nominations.Courtesy of Netflix Welshmen Jonathan Pryce left and Anthony Hopkins had never worked together before but became fast friends.
Popes centers on a series of conversations between Benedict and the man who replaced him, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio later Pope Francis, as they seek to find common ground. It brings together Hopkins and fellow Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce; it also involved a massive research effort and a weeks-long reconstruction of the Sistine Chapel in Rome's Cinecittà studios.
During his research, McCarten dug up old German newspapers from the days when Benedict was simply Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. He even found an unpublished Vatican report written before Benedict's elevation in 2005 that seemed to implicate him in a cover-up of the church's sexual abuse scandal. 'The bishops of the world wrote to Rome, saying: 'What is our protocol in dealing with these abuse claims?' ' says McCarten. 'And the instruction was, 'Don't tell anyone.' And that was signed by Cardinal Ratzinger.'
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Release Date: 2019
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce
The Two Popes is an excuse to watch two great actors – Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce – go head-to-head and sink their teeth into a juicy script. This is a fictionalized probably very fictionalized take on the true story of the transfer of power from Pope Benedict XVI Hopkins to Pope Francis Pryce. Mired in scandal, the conservative Benedict has decided that the Catholic Church needs to head in a new direction under the leadership of a far more liberal holy man. That would be Cardinal Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis. But Bergoglio isn’t exactly jumping up and down for the gig. Director Fernando Meirelles stages what’s essentially a two-man show, giving Hopkins and Pryce scene after scene where they talk theology as one man tries to convince the other to become the head of the church. What could’ve backfired into a talky, boring costume drama is instead bursting with energy, thanks to both Hopkins and Pryce’s performances, and Anthony McCarten’s breezy script.
For fans of: The Young Pope, Sleuth, big hats.The Last Black Man In San Francisco Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 2019
Director: Joe Talbot
Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock
Poetic, heartfelt, and wholly original, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is in a league of its own. This saga follows Jimmie Fails as he attempts to get back his family home in the shifting landscape that is San Francisco. Jimmie brings his best friend Mont Allen Jonathan Majors along for the ride in the struggle to gain control of a sprawling home in the Fillmore District. Director Joe Talbot fills the film with oddities and curiosities, creating a world that is both surreal and wholly real, all of it resulting in one of 2019’s best films.
For fans of: Moonlight, The Royal Tenenbaums, skateboarding.Depraved Now Streaming on Hulu
Release Date: 2019