Film still from <em>Francisco: The Man Behind the Pope</em>

Film still from Francisco: The Man Behind the Pope

Francisco: The Man Behind the Pope

  • Sat 2 Apr 2016
  • 3:30—5:45PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • General $15
  • Concession $12 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
  • Bookings essential
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rating: PG

A look at the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, from his early childhood in Argentina to his becoming Pope Francis.

When a teenager in Buenos Aires quietly discovered his religious calling, little did he know that this was the first step that would eventually lead him to the Vatican in Rome. It would carry him to become the leader of the Catholic Church, the man the world today knows as Pope Francis.

Young Spanish journalist Ana (Silvia Abascal) met Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Dario Grandinetti) at the papal conclave of 2005. It’s here that they started a relationship that would be imbued with the same warmth, good mood and wisdom with which the future Pope will astonish believers. It is through her eyes that we begin to follow the long, hard and touching journey of Jorge Bergoglio.

Father Jorge, as he has always wished to be called, used his position as the archbishop of Buenos Aires as a means to challenge the corruption and abuse of the government dictatorship. Ana was there to see his toughest battles when he gave a voice to those who had none; the victims of prostitution, slavery, and drug trafficking within the many shantytowns.

Their story comes full circle at the conclave of 2013 when a Jesuit priest coming from South America is elected on the fifth papal ballot as Pope. The son of humble Italian immigrants, he chooses Francis as his Papal name partially in honour of his Grandmother for she impressed upon him the biblical values of Saint Francis when he was a young boy. The name Francis perfectly summarizes the life of Father Jorge. He is a man who placed the Gospel's message of helping the needy at the heart of his pastoral work.

2015 / colour / 144 min. / Dir. Beda Docampo Feijoó



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