Wim Wenders’ Documentary Feature Release Date Announced

By Creative Media times

Focus Features

Wim Wenders’ Pope Francis documentary “A Man of His Word” is set for release domestically in the U.S. on May 18, 2018, Focus Features announced. The announcement coincides with Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for Christians around the world.

The documentary is written and directed by Wim Wenders, who was previously nominated for documentaries The Buena Vista Social Club (1999), Pina (2011), and Salt of the Earth (2014).

Here’s a partial synopsis of “A Man of His Word” courtesy of Focus Features:

Pope Francis – A Man of His Word is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions.

The film’s direct-to-camera visual and narrative concepts engage the audience face-to-face with the pope, creating a dialogue between him and, literally, the world. Taking questions from people of all walks of life, Pope Francis responds to farmers and workers, refugees, children and the elderly, prison inmates, and those who live in favelas and migrant camps. All of these voices and faces are a cross section of humanity that join in a conversation with Pope Francis.

While this “symphony of questions” provides the backbone for the film, it also shows the pope on his many journeys around the world, with footage of him speaking at the United Nations, addressing the Congress of the United States, mourning with those gathered at Ground Zero and at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. He speaks to prisoners in correctional facilities and to refugees in Mediterranean camps. We see him travel to the Holy Land (Palestine and Israel) as well as to Africa, South America and Asia.