The first biopic of Pope Francis is hitting the big screen.
Based on an Argentinian bestseller about the Pope, ‘Call me Francis’ follows the story of Jorge Bergoglio, the son of Italian immigrants from Buenos Aires, from his youth to his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013 – a journey that lasts over more than half a century, set against the backdrop of Argentina’s turbulent history.
The film’s director, Daniele Luchetti, who is not a Catholic, said he felt a strong connection to the Pope, adding that he made the film to try and understand why so many people felt that way: “Through the hell that this man had to go through, we understand how he matures, how he grows and how he has this incredible opportunity at the end of his life to reach the highest point and to do what he basically wished for as a child, that is to help others and live his calling to the highest point.”
Young Argentinian actor Rodrigo de la Serna, best known for starring alongside Gael Garcia Bernal in ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’, plays the young Bergoglio. Chilean actor Sergio Hernandez portrays the Pope in more recent years.