Monday, June 17, 2024

The Pope Goes Hollywood: Pope Francis to Appear in First Feature Film, “Beyond the Sun”


Pope Francis is rockin’ it again. His Holiness has agreed to appear in his first feature film, called “Beyond the Sun.” He will play Himself. It’s the first time a Pope has appeared in a feature film.

Ironically, the movie– for children of all cultures– will be funded with Bacardi money. AMBI Films is owned by Lady Monika Bacard. She will fully finance the project with her partner, Andrea Iervolino.  Co-producers are Graciela Rodriguez and Gabriel Leybu. Rodriguez wrote the screenplay based on her own concept. 

Graciela Rodriguez wrote the film’s screenplay based on her own concept.

All profits will go to two charities–   El Almendro and Los Hogares de Cristo (located in Argentina) which support Pope Francis’ social and spiritual message within the film. These organizations help aid at-risk children and young adults in need. 

From the press release: “Beyond the Sun” is a family adventure story where children from different cultures emulate the apostles while searching for Jesus in the world around them. The film will be uplifting and is intended to spiritually engage and encourage audiences of all ages to transmit Jesus words, to understand them and integrate them to live a better life, make good choices and help others.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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