Inspired by a true story, Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) has crafted a riveting character drama in The Two Popes, which sees Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in a verbal battle of wits over the future direction of the Catholic Church.
When Pope Benedict XVI (Hopkins) breaks with tradition and decides to retire from the papacy, he invites his soon-to-be successor Cardinal Bergoglio (Pryce) – who will become the future Pope Francis – for a meeting. At first, it seems like an ideal opportunity for the two men to exchange pleasantries and put their differences aside. As one of Pope Benedict’s harshest critics, Cardinal Bergoglio is a progressive, forward-thinking leader, one who feels strongly that the Church should listen to its followers instead of blindly adhering to the ways of old.
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Producer: Dan Lin, Jonathan Eirich, Tracey Seaward
Screenwriter: Anthony Mccarten
Production Company: Netflix, Rideback Inc.
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujín
Oct 12, 2019, 6:45 PM