The new documentary "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word" has premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and has been quite a hit, the consensus being that it's one of the most intimate glimpses of the man called the "People's Pope".
In a recent interview with Variety, the film's director, legendary German filmmaker, Wim Wenders said he was inspired by Pope Francis' "courage", "fearlessness", and "extreme honesty".
"He’s an extraordinary man — at this moment one of the few men on the planet, it seems, whom people can trust," Wim enthused.
"I think he has an appeal not only to Christians but to all people of common sense. He represents the common good like nobody else at this moment. I was very excited when he was elected, because he’s the first pope from South America, he’s the first Jesuit and mostly because he picked the name Francis, which I thought was quite promising, because no Pope had dared to take on that name and the legacy attached to it," he continued.
Wim also has another film this year, the romantic-thriller "Submergence", topbilled by Hollywood superstars James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander.
It tells the story of James (James McAvoy), a British agent under the cover of a water engineer, and Danny (Alicia Vikander), a bio-mathematician working on a deep-sea diving project to explore the origin of life on our planet. On a chance encounter in a remote resort in Normandy where they both prepare for their upcoming jobs, they fall rapidly, and unexpectedly, into each other's arms and a deliriously wild love affair develops, even though their jobs are destined to separate them.
According to Wim, what attracted him to "Submergence" was the "compelling love story" at its center.
He said, "It’s very contemporary, dealing with a problem that we encounter almost every week: jihadist violence. It has global dimensions and also speaks about our oceans. It appealed a lot to me because it was a relatively dark story, but it came all together as an extremely compelling love story, with these two characters who are willing to go all the way for their causes."
He added, "And as we got these fantastic actors in James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander, I went for it with all I had. I love the film, and I think we did something amazing."
"Submergence" hits Philippine cinemas this May 23. You can watch the trailer here:
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