Famous on Famous

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

Wim Wenders
Screening time  
26.02. / Tuesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 3  
03.03. / Sunday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 1  
Bringing together candid interviews with Francis himself and intimate footage of the Pope pursuing his mission all over the globe, director Wim Wenders offers the definitive portrait of the man now responsible for the Earth’s 1.25 billion Catholics.

When Pope Francis ascended to the papacy 2013, there was an immediate sense that something was changing within the Catholic Church. Much lauded for his progressive views on climate change, income inequality and even gay rights, Francis has come to represent the hopes of tens of millions, that the world’s largest faith might slowly be awakening to the modern age. But who is the man behind the mitre? And is he truly capable of bringing about the change he claims to seek?


Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders was born in 1945 in Düsseldorf, Germany. He came to international prominence as one of the pioneers of the New German Cinema during the 1970’s and is considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary German film. In addition to his many prize-winning feature films, his work as a scriptwriter, director, producer, photographer and author also encompasses an abundance of innovative documentary films, international photo exhibitions and numerous monographs, film books and prose collections. He has three Academy Awards nominations for his documentaries: The Salt of the Earth (2014), Pina (2011), Buena Vista Social Club (1999). His latest documentary is Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018).

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France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy
2018, 96'

Directed by:
Wim Wenders

Screenplay by:
Wim Wenders, David Rosier

Lisa Rinzler

Edited by:
Maxine Goedicke

Andrea Gambetta, Samanta Gandolfi Branca, Alessandro Lo Monaco, David Rosier, Wim Wenders

Produced by:
The Palindrome, Centro Televisivo Vaticano, Célestes Images, Solares Fondazione delle arti, Neue Road Movies, Decia Films, Fondazione Solares Suisse, PTS Art's Factory

Festivals & Awards:

Traverse City Film Festival 2018 – Grand Prize for Best Film; Cannes Film Festival 2018; Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2018; Sydney Film Festival 2018; Melbourne International Film Festival 2018; Tahoe Film Fest 2018; Cine Latino Film Festival 2018; Küstendorf International Film and Music Festival 2019; Sedona International Film Festival 2018