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Pope Francis biopic in theaters

During his teenage years in Buenos Aires, he discovered his religious calling. Little did he know that this was the first step that would eventually lead him to the Vatican and become the leader of the Catholic Church and will be known as Pope Francis.

Father Jorge prior to his election to the papacy

A young Spanish journalist, Ana, meets Jorge Mario Bergoglio at the Papal Concave in 2005. The two start a relationship imbued with warmth, good mood, and wisdom. It is through her that we follow the long, hard, and touching journey of Jorge or Father Jorge, as he always wished to be called.

As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he uses his position to challenge the corruption and abuse of the dictatorship in his country. Ana sees him fighting his toughest battles, lending his voice to the victims of prostitution, slavery and drug trafficking the city’s shantytowns.

The son of humble Italian immigrants, Father Jorge chose Francis as his Papal name when he was elected to the papacy. He says this is in honor of his grandmother who instilled in himthe values of St,. Francis of Assisi when he was just a young boy.

Dario Grandinetti as Father Jorge

The name summarizes the life of Father Jorge who uses the gospel in helping the needy.

Papa Francisco is based on Elisabetta Pique’s book Pope Francis: Life and Revolution. Pique is a Vatican correspondent and close friend of the Pope.

Argentinians hailed the book as the most complete portrait of Pope Francis.

The film boasts a cast of thousand including Dario Grandinetti (22012 International Emmy Best Actor) and Silvia Abascal (Best Actress awardee at Toulouse Cinspana in 1999 and Malaga Spanish Film Festival in 20016) who plays the reporter.

Beda Ocampo Feijoo gives camerman instructions

Award-winning director Beda Ocampo Feijoo directed the film.

The film was previewed at SM Megamall Cinema 3 attended by VIPs, celebrities, members of the Catholic clergy and other religious groups.

Released by Pioneer Film, Papa Francisco opens Sept. 30 nationwide.

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