The Two Popes

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The Two Popes
The Two Popes poster.png
Official poster
Directed byFernando Meirelles
Produced by
Written byAnthony McCarten
Starring
Music byBryce Dessner
CinematographyCésar Charlone
Edited byFernando Stutz
Production
company
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • August 31, 2019 (2019-08-31) (Telluride)
  • November 27, 2019 (2019-11-27) (United States)
  • November 29, 2019 (2019-11-29) (United Kingdom)
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Italy
  • Argentina

The Two Popes is a 2019 biographical drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and written by Anthony McCarten, based on McCarten's 2017 play The Pope.[1] It stars Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.[2]

The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on 31 August 2019. It is scheduled to be released in a limited release in the United States on 27 November 2019, and in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2019, followed by digital streaming on 20 December 2019, by Netflix.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On 6 September 2017, Netflix confirmed that they would produce the film, directed by Fernando Meirelles and written by Anthony McCarten. Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins would play Cardinal Bergoglio and Pope Benedict XVI, respectively. Filming was set to begin that November in Argentina.[3][4] The film had begun production in Rome by April of 2018.[5][6]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on 31 August 2019.[7] It also was screened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2019.[8] It is scheduled to be released in a limited release in the United States on 27 November 2019, and in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2019, followed by digital streaming on 20 December 2019, by Netflix.[9]

Critical response[edit]

According to Variety, The Two Popes was "an unexpected hit" at its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, receiving praise for its humour and the two lead actors' performances.[10] On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 91% based on 32 reviews, with an average of 7.84/10.[11] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Netflix confirms cast and production team on 'The Pope'". Screen Daily. Archived from the original on 2 September 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  2. ^ Kay2017-10-26T21:38:00+01:00, Jeremy. "Netflix confirms Argentine cast and production team on 'The Pope'". Screen. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  3. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (2017-09-06). "Jonathan Pryce To Play Pope Francis In Netflix's 'The Pope;' Anthony Hopkins Is Pope Benedict". Deadline. Archived from the original on 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (2017-09-06). "'City of God's' Fernando Meirelles to Direct Pope Movie for Netflix Starring Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins". Variety. Archived from the original on 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  5. ^ "Sir Anthony Hopkins, 79, seen in character for the first time alongside Jonathan Pryce on set of Netflix's The Pope in Rome". www.msn.com. Archived from the original on 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  6. ^ Kay2017-10-26T21:38:00+01:00, Jeremy. "Netflix confirms Argentine cast and production team on 'The Pope'". Screen. Retrieved Oct 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Hammond, Pete (August 29, 2019). "Telluride Film Festival: 'Ford V Ferrari', 'Judy', 'Motherless Brooklyn', Weinstein-Inspired Drama 'The Assistant' Among Premieres Headed To 46th Edition – Full List". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 29, 2019. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  8. ^ Kay, Jeremy (23 July 2019). "'Jojo Rabbit', 'A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood', 'Radioactive' among world premieres at Toronto". Screen Daily. Archived from the original on 23 July 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019. Fernando Meirelles’ The Two Popes, which until now had been known simply as The Pope
  9. ^ McClintock, Pamela (August 27, 2019). "Netflix Dates 'Marriage Story,' 'Laundromat' and Other Fall Award Films". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 27, 2019. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  10. ^ Malkin, Marc (September 2, 2019). "Telluride: Oscar Buzz Builds For Renée Zellweger, Adam Driver and 'The Two Popes'". Variety. Archived from the original on September 3, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Two Popes (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Two Popes Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 12, 2019.

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