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The New Pope

Out of Competition

Director:
Paolo Sorrentino
Production:
Wildside (Lorenzo Mieli, Mario Gianani), Haut et Court TV (Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Simon Arnal), The Mediapro Studio (Jaume Roures, Javier Mendez Zori), Sky Italia
Running Time:
120’
Language:
English, Italian
Country:
Italy, France, Spain
Main Cast:
Jude Law, John Malkovich, Silvio Orlando, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier
Screenplay:
Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello, Stefano Bises
Cinematographer:
Luca Bigazzi
Editor:
Cristiano Travaglioli
Production Designer:
Ludovica Ferrario
Costume Designer:
Carlo Poggioli, Luca Canfora
Music:
Lele Marchitelli
Sound:
Emanuele Cecere
Visual Effects:
DNEG
Notes:
Episodes no. 2 and 7

Synopsis

Pius XIII is in a coma. And after an interlude as unexpected as it is mysterious, Voiello succeeds in getting Sir John Brannox, a moderate, charming and sophisticated English aristocrat, elected to the papal throne, taking the name John Paul III.
The new pope seems perfect, but is hiding frailties and secrets. He realises at once, as well, that it is going to be difficult to take the place of his charismatic and illustrious predecessor, while in the Vatican, Voiello struggles to manage a Church beset by scandals—which are putting its upper echelons at risk of being swept away for good—as well as by external threats. Sofia and Esther turn out to be very different from what they appear and cardinal Gutierrez continues to fight against his contradictions.
Then a number of the faithful start to idolise Pius XIII, who begins to dispatch strange messages from his hospital bed. Until...

Director’s Statement

The New Pope explores the ambition of two great popes: to be forgotten. True servants of God, they need to fade from view in order to let the clarity of the faith and of peace flower and shine. The utopia of purity. This is the essence of their majestic piety. The ambitious goal of their journey. These two men are called John Brannox and Lenny Belardo.
But the long road to being forgotten is strewn with the earthly obstacles of human feeling: drifts toward fundamentalism, worldly temptations, the lure of vanity, some deplorable wheeling and dealing, slavery to fears and vices, the sentimental hindrances that tarnish the great plan. Will our two popes be able to carry out this anachronistic, arcane project?
For being forgotten can be a salvation.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Lorenzo Mieli, Mario Gianani – Wildside SRL
Viale G. Mazzini 9
00195 – Roma, Italy
Tel. 0694516900
info@wildside.it

PRODUCTION 2: Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Simon Arnal - HAUT ET COURT TV
38, rue des Martyrs
75009 – Paris, France
Tel. + 33 1 55 31 27 27
info@hautetcourt.com
http://www.hautetcourt.com

PRODUCTION 3: Jaume Roures, Javier Mendez Zori – The Mediapro Studio
Ctra. Fuencarral a Alcobendas, 24
28049 – Madrid, Spain
Tel. +34 915127800
info@mediapro.tv
http://www.themediaprostudio.com

PRODUCTION 4: Sonia Rovai – Sky Italia
Via Monte Penice7
20138 – Milano, Italy
Tel.+39 02308016453
sonia.rovai@skytv.it

WORLD SALES: Jens Richter – FREMANTLE
1 Stephen Street
W1T 1AL – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2076916000
info@fremantle.com
http://www.fremantle.co.uk

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Sonia Rovai – Sky Italia
Via Monte Penice7
20138 – Milano, Italy
Tel.+39 02308016453
sonia.rovai@skytv.it

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Isabella Ferilli
Isabella.ferilli@skytv.it

INTERNATIONAL PRESS OFFICE: Matthew Sanders
matthew@matthewsanders.org.uk


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