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The Young Pope

 

“The Young Pope” stars Jude Law as the Pontiff in Paolo Sorrentino’s new HBO eight-episode fictional series with Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli and James Cromwell. From the HBO description:

From Paolo Sorrentino, director of the Academy Award®-winning film ‘The Great Beauty,’ ‘The Young Pope’ tells the controversial story of the beginning of Pius XIII’s pontificate. Born Lenny Belardo, he is a complex and conflicted character, so conservative in his choices as to border on obscurantism, yet full of compassion towards the weak and poor. The first American pope, Pius XIII is a man of great power who is stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications to his authority.

The eight-episode series stars two-time Academy Award® nominee Jude Law as Pius XIII, and Academy Award® winner Diane Keaton as Sister Mary, a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City.

Sorrentino, who also directed of the film ‘Youth,’ says the series is about “the clear signs of God’s existence. The clear signs of God’s absence. How faith can be searched for and lost. The greatness of holiness, so great as to be unbearable when you are fighting temptations and when all you can do is to yield to them. The inner struggle between the huge responsibility of the Head of the Catholic Church and the miseries of the simple man that fate (or the Holy Spirit) chose as Pontiff. Finally, how to handle and manipulate power in a state whose dogma and moral imperative is the renunciation of power and selfless love towards one’s neighbor.”

Paolo Sorrentino’s beautiful and touching drama 2015 film Youth starred Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. Watch the trailers for Youth…

Created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Written by Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello, Tony Grisoni and Stefano Rulli. Starring Diane Keaton (“Annie Hall”) as Sister Mary, James Cromwell (“L.A. Confidential”) as Pius’ mentor, Silvio Orlando (“The Caiman”), Sebastian Roché (“The Last of the Mohicans”), Scott Shepherd (“Bridge of Spies”), Cécile de France (“The Jungle Book”), Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli, Vladimir Bibic, Guy Boyd, Andre Gregory and Marcello Romolo. Premiere date 2016 on HBO. Return to Thumbnail View.
 

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