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Movies with Catholic themes to hit cinemas, video


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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- New movies are in the works with distinctively Catholic themes.

A documentary featuring the pope, "Pope Francis -- A Man of His Word," was bought by Focus Features for later theatrical release. And a dramatization of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, starring American actor Harvey Keitel was announced May 18 by Arclight Pictures, at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

The "Pope Francis" movie was written and directed by Wim Wenders, who has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature Oscars three times -- for 1999's "Buena Vista Social Club," 2011's "Pina" and 2014's "Salt of the Earth." The German-born Wenders started out directing feature films, most notably "Wings of Desire" and "Paris, Texas," but later in his career gravitated to documentaries.

"Pope Francis -- A Man of His Word" was touted by Focus Features, which bought distribution rights to the film, as "only the second co-production that the Vatican has made with outside filmmakers and the first in which a pope addresses the audience directly, discussing topics such as ecology, immigration, consumerism and social justice."

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