The Two Popes

Fernando Meirelles, UK, Italy, Argentina, USA 2019, 125’
Polish premiere
The Report Waves

For centuries, the Vatican has been associated with mysterious ceremonies for the chosen, a world hidden behind a giant gate, and crowds of tourists watching it from afar. What’s most fascinating, of course, is what you can’t see, such as the election of a new pope. For the uninitiated, the only visible sign is the white or black smoke that symbolizes a particular decision. But what exactly happens behind closed doors? This question is the starting point for the latest feature film by Fernando Meirelles, which gives us an opportunity to see what the relationship between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis might look like. Two Popes enables us to get to know the two most important people in the Catholic Church in recent years; we see how disputes play out—not so much about church dogma as about The Beatles versus Abba, football, and their favorite dishes. Meirelles has made a film about people with a sense of humor who are, at the same time, troubled, about individuals with vices and virtues who are both close to one another and yet distant. The intelligent acting duel between a pair on-screen geniuses, Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, will keep you glued to the screen for two hours.

Magdalena Maksimiuk


Heartland Film 2019 - Truly Moving Picture Award

Fernando Meirelles

Fernando Meirelles is a Brazilian director, producer, and screenwriter. He was nominated for an Oscar for City of God and for a Golden Globe for The Constant Gardener. He studied architecture and spatial planning at the University of São Paulo, which is where he became interested in experimental cinema. However, he went on to work in the advertising industry, at least until he read Paulo Lins’ book City of God and decided to adapt it. He was one of the directors of the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. His films have been shown at festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, and Venice, where they have won numerous awards.

Selected filmography

2002 Miasto Boga / Cidade de Deus

2005 Wierny ogrodnik / The Constant Gardener

2008 Miasto ślepców / Blindness

2011 360: Połączeni / 360

2019 Dwóch papieży / The Two Popes

Cast & Crew

director Fernando Meirelles
screenplay Anthony McCarten
cinematography César Charlone
editing Fernando Stutz
music Bryce Dessner
cast Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins
producer Tracey Seaward
production Netflix India
Polish distributor Gutek Film/Netflix
language English, Latin, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German
coloration colour
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