Film starring Pope Francis as himself gets first screening at Vatican

Source: The Guardian

Beyond the Sun, to be released at Christmas, tells story of children searching for God, with proceeds going to charity

Pope Francis
 Pope Francis is expected to attend the screening at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Pope Francis’s screen debut in a narrative feature film gets its first official showing on Wednesday night at the Vatican, before the film’s Christmas release.

Starring as himself, the head of the Catholic church has a cameo role in Beyond the Sun, an evangelical story about children searching for God. He is expected to attend the screening. A copy of the film has already been sent to him.

All the film’s proceeds will go to charities for disadvantaged children in Argentina, the country of the 80-year-old pontiff’s birth.

The film’s producers include Andrea Iervolino, an Italian-born Hollywood film-maker. He told the Guardian that, for devout Catholics like himself, the pope is “God on Earth” and filming him was an overwhelming experience.

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