Thursday 14 March 2013
6.30pm complimentary glass of wine and nibbles
7.00pm film screens
We have a Pope (Habemus Papam)"Brilliantly witty."
Following the funeral of the Pope, the red robed cardinals convene to elect a successor. Cardinal Gregori (Renato Scarpa) is the odds-on favorite but surprisingly is beaten in the second round by French cardinal Melville (Michel Piccoli.) The decision made, Melville is led towards the balcony to address the waiting crowds of the faithful but experiences a last minute panic and flees.
While the Vatican spokesman, (Jerzy Stuhr) madly troubleshoots, a psychoanalyst (Nanni Moretti) is brought in to assess and cure the future pontiff. Memorable characters and Piccoli's incredible performance as the frail old Cardinal make this comedy a delight. Moretti co-wrote a script that is full of inventive moments and cements him is one of the most creative filmmakers in Italy today.
At the Cannes screening of the film (where it was in competition), Moretti (The Son's Room) was moved to tears when he received a 10 minute standing ovation.
Cannes Film Festival 2011
Nastri d'argento Awards 2011
Winner - Best Director,
Best Costume Design,
Best Original Story, Best Producer,
Best Production Design.
Nanni Moretti, 2011 | 102'
Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti, Jerzy Stuhr, Renato Scarpa, Margherita Buy.
Italian with English subtitles