Programme 2019

The Two Popes

Director: Fernando Meirelles


Section: World Cinema

Country: Italy, Argentina | Year: 2019

Language(s): English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Latin | Time: 126 mins


From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of City of God, and three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, comes an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront elements from their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world. Inspired by true events. The Netflix Film will be available on the streaming service.

Director's Bio

Fernando Meirelles was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and studied architecture at the University of São Paulo. His many films include the Festival selections City of God (2002), which won a TIFF Visions Award and was nominated for an Oscar, Blindness (2008), and 360 (2011). The Two Popes (2019) is his latest feature.