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The Two Popes

Miami Film Festival GEMS 2019 Audience Award Winner There’s nothing like seeing two masterful personalities go head-to-head.

December 16, 2019
07:00 P.M. - 09:11 P.M.
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The Two Popes

Miami Film Festival GEMS 2019 Audience Award Winner

There’s nothing like seeing two masterful personalities go head-to-head. Inspired by a true story, Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) has crafted a riveting character drama in The Two Popes, which sees Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in a verbal battle of wits over the future direction of the Catholic Church.

When Pope Benedict XVI (Hopkins) breaks with tradition and decides to retire from the papacy, he invites his soon-to-be successor Cardinal Bergoglio (Pryce) – who will become the future Pope Francis – for a meeting. At first, it seems like an ideal opportunity for the two men to exchange pleasantries and put their differences aside. As one of Pope Benedict’s harshest critics, Cardinal Bergoglio is a progressive, forward-thinking leader, one who feels strongly that the Church should listen to its followers instead of blindly adhering to the ways of old. It’s an outlook that leads to a fierce debate between the two men – a debate on sticking to tradition vs growing with the times, and about what it means to pave a religious path for more than a billion followers around the world.

A film by: Fernando Meirelles
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujín