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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Famed German director makes film about Pope Francis

After two years working on a documentary about Pope Francis, the noted German filmmaker Wim Wenders said he is most struck by the pope’s courage.

“Meeting him eye to eye, and then also seeing and hearing him every day in the editing room, not only in our own interviews, but also his many talks all over the world to refugees, prisoners, politicians, scientists, children, rich or poor or regular people made me realise how courageous he was, how fearless,” the director told Vatican News on 13th March.

Wenders’ film, Pope Francis – A Man of His Word, is scheduled for release on 18th May.

“Not in my wildest dreams would I have expected to make a film about Pope Francis,” Wenders told Vatican News. When Mgr Dario Vigano, prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, invited him to the Vatican to discuss the project, “I first took a deep breath, and then I walked around the block,” he said. “It seemed that such a project would represent a huge responsibility, at least it would be a whole different kind of task than any film I had made before.”

Wenders is no stranger to documentary films. His 1999 Buena Vista Social Club about the Cuban music scene won multiple awards.

Picture: German filmmaker Wim Wenders is pictured in this undated photo with Pope Francis during the production of his documentary film, Pope Francis – A Man of His Word. The film was compiled from four long sit-down sessions with the pope and from clips of the pope at the Vatican and abroad. It is scheduled for release on 18th May. (CNS photo/Vatican Media, handout).