”I have heard much about you, but I have not seen any of your movies. You see, the movie is not really my thing, I never go to the cinema...”
So was pope Francis öppningsreplik at the first meeting with Wim Wenders in 2016. Three years earlier, the German director received an odd offer from the head of the Vatican television center: ”We give you direct access to the pope, if you self finance and record an entirely independent and the independent documentary.”
in the Spring of 2018, there is the German director with a finished documentary about the 266 th pope of the Cannes film festival. The German director is still noticeably touched and starstruck by the jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina, who since 2013 is known as Pope Francis.
" He has been a force in the room that you feel physically. I have spent the last two years with this man's words – and it has changed me overall. I have taken his humanist message personally and asked me if I could change things in my life. It I could, " says Wim Wenders at the hotel Carlton in Cannes.
the Essence of ”Pope Francis – a man of his word” is four intense långsittningar where the Pope may pass on their messages of love and gives his views on global challenges, climate change, refugee crisis and pedofilskandalerna of the catholic church. Interviews were where the Pope is talking into the camera cut to shots where Wenders and his team followed the pope when he meets his followers around the world in refugee camps, favelas, prisons and in the u.s. congress.
the Pope's extremely modest lifestyle has inspired me and my wife to make us a lot of unnecessary things. And it was a relief!
Pope Francis as a modest man with strikingly liberal values that are also costs to making jokes about mothers-in-law, and warns against over-consumption. In one of the film's most tense scenes, he warns uncomfortable church leaders for the bonfire of the temptations to get caught up in lyxfällan. In order to set a good example, he goes rather in a second-hand Fiat Panda in the best of Mr. Bean-style instead of sit in the vräkiga Mercedes or limousines.
" He likes to show that we don't need all this unnecessary abundance and symbols of wealth. He is extremely modest lifestyle has also inspired me and my wife to make us a lot of unnecessary things. And it was a relief! says Wenders and draws a sigh of relief.
Wim Wenders did 4 intense 2-hour interviews during the work with the "Pope Francis – a man of his words”. Photo: SplashNews.com
the Condition to make the movie was that there would be some issues that were taboo to ask. Not around the big elephant in the catholic room – the widespread and recurring pedofilskandalerna among the clergy in many places around the world.
I felt the to his view on this, but was still almost shocked at how angry and emotional he was about this. At the same time I felt his strong frustration that he can't move this huge machine quickly enough, " says Wenders.
the documentary is a bit of a servant, and sockersöt, an attempt to reverse the not yet saved. Wim Wenders seems to be prepared on the issue and takes the objections raised with the ro.
– Many documentaries are made in order to create change, but my input in the genre is that I want to share something I love such as when I make movies about Buena Vista Social Club, Pina Bausch or Sebastião Salgado, "he says and continues:
" nor the “Pope Francis...“ is any critical thesis. Although I did not intend to glorify so I want to show him in the best possible light. And I'm really hugely impressed with the Pope Francis the strength and courage. No previous Pope has dared to do what he do, " explains Wim Wenders.
He also denies that the film is an instrument to reverse the viewers to catholicism.
Both the pope, and I was completely agree that the film should speak to everyone. The message is that we are all equal in a global brotherhood. We are in the same boat and if we don't see this so we will all go under, " says Wenders.
Also I was considering to study theology in the 60's but as a student during the 68-movement, I discovered rock’n’roll, movies, and socialism
the Meeting with the pope has also given him a spiritual reawakening. He grew up in a catholic home in Düsseldorf post-war Germany. His father had plans to become a priest, but chose instead to serve his fellow man through the medical profession.
– Also, I was considering to study theology in the 60's but as a student during the 68-movement, I discovered rock’n’roll, movies, and socialism, les Wenders.
After a day in psychoanalysis, buddhism and eastern religions he landed finally in protestantism.
– Fixed the day I call myself ”christian” and believe in the ecumenical movement, I go both in the protestant and catholic churches and makes no big difference in different religions. My favorittänkare from the 1900-century, jewish philosopher Martin Buber. And my favorite of the 2000-century franciscan theologian from south America - pope Francis, " he says.
would also like to highlight the pope's spiritual kinship with st. Francis of Assisi, which has become a symbol of solidarity with society's flotsam and jetsam – the vulnerable, the poor and the sick. The documentary opens with black-and-white spelscener that presents the Italian tiggarmunken who founded the franciscan order in the early 1200-century.
– Just like his role model, see pope Francis the church as an instrument of communion and not the power. Take the name ”Francis” is his way of trying to restore the church to its original meaning after the death of Jesus. He is convinced that God is more than any other reveals himself to us in other people, " he says.
Wim Wenders is aware that there also is a strong resistance in the Vatican to the Pope's radical approach but do not think that it is possible to move the clock back.
– The catholic world is no longer so eurocentrerad as it has been in the past – that Francis is the first Pope from the southern hemisphere is proof of this. I think he has moved the church so far forward that it is almost impossible to go back to the old.
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