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Hot Button Pope Francis Doc ‘Francesco’ Goes to Discovery+ (Exclusive)

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Hot Button Pope Francis Doc ‘Francesco’ Goes to Discovery+ (Exclusive)

The film, which was directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky, will be released in virtual cinemas ahead of its debut on discovery+ on Sunday, March 28, which marks the start of Holy Week.

Francesco, a documentary feature about Pope Francis that premiered at last October’s Rome Film Festival to strong notices and had the whole world talking about the pontiff’s commentsregarding gay Catholics, has been acquired by discovery+, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The film will be released in virtual cinemas ahead of its debut on discovery+ on Sunday, March 28, which marks the start of Holy Week.

The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.

Directed and produced by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky (Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom), who received unprecedented access to the Pope and the Vatican, Francesco chronicles the Pope’s work around the globe and views — on LGBTQ issues, climate change, migration and refugees, women’s empowerment, sexual abuse, border walls and more — both in the run-up to the pandemic and after the world went into lockdown.

It features interviews with the Pope, as well as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Francis’ nephew Jose Ignacio Bergoglio and Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of sexual abuse by a priest.

“It is an honor to host the global premiere of Francesco on discovery+, spotlighting an intimate look at one of the world’s most beloved and influential leaders, Pope Francis,” Lisa Holme, group SVP of content and commercial strategy for Discovery, Inc., said in a statement. “We are thrilled to work with a powerful storyteller like Evgeny on this important project, which is emblematic of our ability to expand our documentary programming aperture on discovery+ to serve subscribers around the world with a diverse and growing slate of originals.”

Ann Lawlor

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