The Two Popes

The Two Popes

2019
125 minutes
English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese & Spanish
Directed by:
Fernando Meirelles

Director Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”) tells the intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the Church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for the Church. Vanity Fair writes: “‘The Two Popes’ explores these holy men as men, unfailing in their faith but capable of weakness all the same. They tease each other and argue about soccer, acknowledge their own egos and struggles in connecting with God. In one late scene, they tango. The film is a fascinating proof of why the Church remains central to more than a billion people worldwide — in addition to being a very funny and entertaining double act between two old men with a lot on their minds.”

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