15/1 | 17: 00 | Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

Wim Wenders


Pope Francis: A Man of His Word is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The Pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions. From his deep concern with the poor and the uneven distribution of wealth, to environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace.

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders

Director of Photography
Lisa Rinzler

Film Editing
Maxine Goedicke

Andrea Gambetta, Samanta Gandolfi Branca, Alessandro Lo Monaco, David Rosier, Wim Wenders

Production Companies
The Palindrome, Centro Televisivo Vaticano, Célestes Images, Solares Fondazione delle arti, Neue Road Movies, Decia Films, Fondazione Solares Suisse, PTS Art's Factory


Wim Wenders
Director's Biography
Wim Wenders

Alongside Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders is one of the most prominent authors of New German cinema. Born in 1945 in Dusseldorf, he studied in Munich, earning major acclaim with the adaptation of Peter Handke's novel The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972), screened at the Film Festival in Venice. Alice in the Cities (1974) is the first part of a road film trilogy, rounded up with Kings of the Road (1977). Wenders would often return to the genre later in his career, particularly with the film odyssey Paris, Texas (1984) co-written by American playwright Sam Shepard. This film brought him the Golden Palm in Cannes. Before that, Wenders indicated his interest in the American culture with the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel The Talented Mr. Ripley. In The American Friend (1974), Dennis Hopper as the leading role (from the novel) is joined by gangsters played by American directors Samuel Fuller and Nicholas Ray. Wenders also made documentary films. Buena Vista Social Club (1999) brought international fame to an old Cuban band from the time before the revolution. Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, his latest film, competed for the documentary film award Golden Eye at the Film Festival in Cannes.