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The Two Popes

DIRECTED BY Fernando Meirelles

Country: Argentina, Italy, United Kingdom, United States
Language: English, French, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 125min
Film Year: 2019
Category: Films, Centerpiece

There’s nothing like seeing two masterful personalities go head-to-head. Inspired by a true story, Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) has crafted a riveting character drama in The Two Popes, which sees Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in a verbal battle of wits over the future direction of the Catholic Church.

When Pope Benedict XVI (Hopkins) breaks with tradition and decides to retire from the papacy, he invites his soon-to-be successor Cardinal Bergoglio (Pryce) – who will become the future Pope Francis – for a meeting. At first, it seems like an ideal opportunity for the two men to exchange pleasantries and put their differences aside. As one of Pope Benedict’s harshest critics, Cardinal Bergoglio is a progressive, forward-thinking leader, one who feels strongly that the Church should listen to its followers instead of blindly adhering to the ways of old. It’s an outlook that leads to a fierce debate between the two men – a debate on sticking to tradition vs growing with the times, and about what it means to pave a religious path for more than a billion followers around the world.

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Director: Fernando Meirelles
Producer: Dan Lin, Jonathan Eirich, Tracey Seaward
Screenwriter: Anthony Mccarten
Production Company: Netflix, Rideback Inc.

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujín

Fernando Meirelles

Fernando Meirelles is a producer and director from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is best known for having directed the Oscar-nominated films City of God (02) and The Constant Gardener (05). His latest feature, The Two Popes, had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.