On September 5, it will be screened Out of Competition in the Official Selection of Venice 79 Traveling, the documentary on Pope Francis directed by Gianfranco Rosi (Continent) which retraces the Pope’s travels by viewing the films that document them. After the stopover at the Lido, “In Viaggio” will land in Italian cinemas on October 4 with 01 Distribution.
In 2013, barely elected, Pope Francis went to Lampedusa. In 2021, he is making an important trip to the Middle East, Iraq and Kurdistan. The same places that Gianfranco Rosi described in Fuocoammare and Notturno. In nine years of pontificate, Pope Francis has made thirty-seven trips, visiting fifty-three countries. Italy, Brazil, Cuba, United States, African continent and Southeast Asia, its itineraries follow the red thread of the central themes of our time: poverty, nature, migrations, the condemnation of all war, solidarity. In a sort of Via Crucis, Francis witnesses the suffering of the world and finds it difficult to do more, besides the comfort of his words and his presence, Gianfranco Rosi retraces the journeys of the Pope by watching the films that document them . The film was born and its scheme is extremely simple: you follow the Pope, look at what he sees, listen to what he says. Observing the Pontiff looking at the world, Rosi establishes a dialogue from a distance between the flow of the archive of pastoral journeys, images from his cinema, current events and recent history. Create a balance between the passage of linear time and the memory of cinema.
Voyager – trailers and videos
New official clips released on September 4, 2022
Official trailer released on September 5, 2022
- In addition to directing, Gianfranco Rosi also took care of the photography and sound of “In Viaggio”. The film is edited by Fabrizio Federico (Martin Eden, Per Lucio). Federico and director Gianfranco Rosi have also collaborated on documentaries fire at sea And Night.
- Gianfranco Rosi is also the producer of “In Viaggio” with his 21Uno Film in collaboration with Stemal Entertainment (Donatella Palermo) and Rai Cinema.
The film is the portrait of a man who makes us look beyond and reflect on universal themes. In Viaggio’s first challenge was to transform films made for television into cinematographic language. However, as the editing progressed, the need to bring the story of the Pope’s travels into dialogue with historical archival material and with fragments of some of my films was felt. And finally work on new scenes shot by me. Another challenge was to construct an ending for a film in the making, meant to stay open. A film which, following the next journeys of Pope Francis, will tackle new themes, new reflections. [Gianfranco Rosi]
Gianfranco Rosi – Biographical notes
Gianfranco Rosi, born in Asmara, Eritrea, of Italian and American nationality, after attending university in Italy, moved to New York in 1985 and graduated from New York University Film School. After a trip to India, he produced and directed in 1993 Boatman, on a boatman by the Ganges, successfully presented at various international festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the Locarno Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. After the short film Afterwordswho participates in the 57th Venice International Film Festival, in 2008 in California, in Slab City, shoots the documentary film Below sea level, about a community of homeless people who live in the desert plain 40 meters below sea level: the film won Best Horizons Film at the Venice Film Festival and Doc/It; it also won the Grand Prix, the Prix des Jeunes au Cinéma du Réel, the prize for best film at the One World Film Festival in Prague, the Vittorio De Seta Prize at Bif&st 2009 and was nominated for Best Documentary at the European Film Awards 2009. 2010 it turns El Sicario – Room 164, film-interview based on a story by Charles Bowden about a repentant killer of the Mexican drug trafficking cartels. The film won the Fipresci award at the Venice Film Festival, the Doc/It award for best documentary of the year, the best film at DocLisboa in 2010 and Doc Aviv in 2011. In 2013, it won the Leone d ‘Oro in Venice. with Holy Gra the film with which he tells of an unprecedented humanity that lives around the Grande Raccordo Anulare of the capital. This is the first time that a documentary has won the Golden Lion. In 2016, Gianfranco Rosi won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival with fire at sea, stories of the island of Lampedusa, its inhabitants, fishermen and migrants. If in Italy he won the Golden Globe, he obtained the double nomination for the David di Donatello and the victory of a Nastro d’Argento, fire at sea (this is the international title) will bring Lampedusa, island symbol of migration, to the four corners of the world between festivals and theatrical releases, always awarded as the victory at the EFA, until the nomination for the Oscar for the best documentary.
Pope Francis – Biographical notes
Pope Francis was born December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires to Italian immigrants, entered the seminary as a Jesuit in 1958 and was ordained
priest in 1969. Prior to his election as Pope on March 13, 2013, Bergoglio served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013 and Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church from 2001 to 2013. He was named Person of the Year by Time Magazine in 2013. and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize the following year. Although the tone and scope of his papacy is global, the defining characteristics are humility and moderation. After moving to the Vatican in 2013, he chose to reside in a simple two-bedroom apartment rather than the lavish rooms of the Apostolic Palace, breaking a tradition carried on by popes for more than a century. After becoming pope, he became known as a compassionate conservative whose famous comment in reference to homosexuality – “Who am I to judge?” – quickly defined it as inclusive, progressive and open compared to its predecessors. He was also progressive on issues relating to science, especially ecology and the environment. In 2015, he published a 184-page encyclical on the dangers of climate change in which he called for the phasing out of fossil fuels and their replacement with renewable energy. In several of his speeches, he also spoke out against the misuse of political and economic power around the world. “The human being, while being capable of the worst, is also capable of surpassing himself, of opting for the good and starting over”, he declares in the encyclical, intended for Catholics and Christians but also for all the inhabitants of the planet. In subsequent sermons and talks, Pope Francis addressed a wide range of issues and concerns that necessitated a series of reforms in the Catholic Church. “I prefer a wounded, hurting and dirty Church because it has taken to the streets, than an unhealthy Church because it stays inside, clinging to its own safety,” he said. “I don’t want a Church that wants to be at the center and ends up being wrapped up in a web of obsessions and procedures.” His first international visit was on July 22, 2013, when he traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and toured the poor slums with President Dilma Rousseff, immediately showing himself as a man of the people. Later, on September 7 of the same year, he celebrated a special prayer vigil for peace in Syria in St. Peter’s Square. In front of the 100,000 people present, in his sermon, he insisted on the fact that “when man thinks only of himself and falls prey to the idols of domination and power, he opens the door to violence, indifference and conflict”. During his five years as pope, Francis traveled to Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Chile, where he addressed the issue of sexual abuse perpetrated by members of the Church. “Here is a man in whom God – or the spirit of God – dwells and who is not afraid to face any kind of question about humanity”, says Don Dario Edoardo Viganò, the former prefect of the Secretariat of Communications of the Vatican, who had the idea for A Man of His Word. “He is able to communicate very easily the idea that the human being is a place where the presence of God can be noticed.”
Pope Francis in film and television
Francesco de Buenos Aires – The Revolution of Equalitya 2014 Italian documentary film, directed by Miguel Rodriguez Arias and Fulvio Iannucci, which traces the life of Pope Francis from his childhood until his election to the papal throne.
Call Me Francesco – The People’s Popean Italian-Argentine film directed by Daniele Luchetti which tells the story of the early life of Pope Francis, played by Rodrigo de la Serna as a young man and Sergio Hernández as an elderly man.
Point of No Return – Before the Flood directed by Fisher Stevens (2016)
Pope Francis – A man of his worddirected by Wim Wenders (2018)
The two popes directed by Fernando Meirelles (2019)