New Film Fatima: A Case for Catholicism or Revelation in General?

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Fátima is a 2020 faith-based drama film directed by Marco Pontecorvo. It stars Joaquim de AlmeidaGoran VisnjicHarvey KeitelSônia Braga, Stephanie Gil, and Lúcia Moniz.

The film, based on the 1917 Our Lady of Fátima events, features the original song “Gratia Plena” (“Full of Grace”), performed by Andrea Bocelli and composed by Italian composer Paolo Buonvino.[3]

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Directed byMarco Pontecorvo
Produced byGerardo FernandesJames T. VolkDick LylesStefano BuonoMaribel Lopera SierraMarco PontecorvoRose GanguzzaNatasha Howes
Screenplay byMarco PontecorvoValerio D’Annunzio
Story byBarbara Nicolosi
StarringJoaquim de AlmeidaGoran VisnjicStephanie GilAlejandra HowardJorge LamelasLúcia MonizMarco d’AlmeidaJoana RibeiroHarvey KeitelSônia Braga
CinematographyVincenzo Carpineta
Edited byAlessio Doglione
Origin Entertainment [1]Elysia ProductionsRose Pictures
Distributed byPicturehouse
Release dateAugust 28, 2020[2]
CountryUnited States, Portugal



A 10-year-old shepherdLúcia dos Santos, and her two young cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, report having received apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, circa 1917. Their revelations inspire believers but anger officials of both the Catholic Church and the secular government, who try to force them to recant their story. As word of their prophecy spreads, tens of thousands of religious pilgrims flock to the site to witness what became known as the Miracle of the Sun.




Pontecorvo’s first feature directorial credit was the drama Pa-ra-da. His cinematography credits include work on HBO’s Game of Thrones and Rome.

Bob Berney and Jeanne R. Berney, co-heads of the film label Picturehouse, acquired the North American rights to the film in 2019. The Berneys made the deal with James T. Volk, chairman and founder of Origin Entertainment, which produced the film in collaboration with Elysia Productions and Rose Pictures. While at Newmarket Films, Bob Berney released and oversaw the marketing strategy for Mel Gibson‘s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.[6]


In May 2017 the production filmed the 100th Year Anniversary Mass in Fátima, celebrated by Pope Francis, and portions of the footage are used in the end credit sequence. Principal photography began in September 2018 and the film was entirely shot on location in Portugal.[6] Scenes were filmed in FátimaSesimbra, Cidadelhe (Pinhel), TomarCoimbra and Tapada de Mafra.[5]


Fatima was released in select theaters and digitally through Premium Video on demand on August 28, 2020, by Picturehouse.[2] The film was originally scheduled to release on April 24,[6] but it was later postponed till August 14, 2020, and again until August 28, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[7]


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 63% based on 40 reviews. The website’s critical consensus read, “Hard not to respect but difficult to love, Fatima competently dramatizes an incredible true story.”[8] On Metacritic it has a score of 51% based on reviews from 10 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews.”[9]

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a positive review and wrote: “In the flourishing genre of faith-based movies, this is one of the better efforts we’ve seen. “[10] Peter Debruge of Variety wrote: “While not especially artful, Fatima honors those who stand by their convictions. That its role models are children makes the message all the more remarkable.”[11]

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