Focus Features Acquires Wim Wenders’ Pope Francis Doc ‘Man of His Word’

Cannes 2017: Famed director gets major access, hits the road with beloved religious leader

Focus Features has scooped up worldwide rights to Wim Wenders new documentary “A Man of His Word,” which touts exclusive access to the beloved Catholic church leader Pope Francis.

The “Buena Vista Social Club” and “Pina” director’s latest film is less a nonfiction biopic and more a ridealong with the humble Pope, whose emphasis on uplifting the poor has won him global fandom and upended his institution.

The film will showcase “footage from the Vatican’s archive shows the Pope on journeys, sharing his ideas and ideals in different parts of the world,” a Focus spokesperson said.

“Pope Francis is a living example of a man who stands for what he says. In our film, he speaks directly to the viewer, very candidly and spontaneously,” Wenders added.

“A Man of His Word” was produced by Wenders with Samanta Gandolfi Branca, Alessandro Lo Monaco (“The World’s Smallest Army”) and Andrea Gambetta and David Rosier. The film is a production of Célestes Images, Centro Televisivo Vaticano, Solares Fondazione delle Arti, PTS Art’s Factory, Neue Road Movies, Fondazione Solares Suisse, and Decia Films.

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