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Dramatic biopic explores the life of Pope Francis


Francisco: The Man Behind the Pope is a true life drama of the rise to ascendancy of Pope Francis. Vendetta Films is releasing the film on DVD September 21.

As a teenager growing up in Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Dario Grandinetti) is unaware that his religious calling would one day lead him to the Vatican. Young Spanish journalist Ana (Silvia Abascal) meets Jorge at the Papal conclave of 2005. It is here that they began a friendship which would be imbued with the same warmth, good mood and wisdom with which the future Pope will astonish his followers.

From her perspective Ana retells the incredible long, hard and touching journey of Jorge Bergoglio. Father Jorge, as he has always wished to be called, used his position as the archbishop of Buenos Aires as a means to challenge the corruption and abuse of the government dictatorship. Ana was there to see his toughest battles when he gave voice to those who had none; the victims of prostitution, slavery and drug trafficking within the many shantytowns. Their story comes full circle at the conclave of 2013 when a Jesuit priest from South America is elected on the fifth Papal ballot as Pope.

Directed Beda Docampo Feijóo, Francisco: The Man Behind the Pope, humanises the hardworking Pope Francis whose childhood of poverty equipped him with the wherewithal and integrity to fight corruption and help guide those in his congregation who had hitherto suffered in silence.