|THE U.S. TELEVISION PREMIERE OF ‘A MAN WHO BECAME POPE’ -- THE HEROIC, TRUE STORY OF POPE JOHN PAUL II – COMES EXCLUSIVELY TO HALLMARK CHANNEL, AUGUST 15 |
8/2/2005 - Hallmark Channel is honored to present the U.S. television premiere of, “A Man Who Became Pope,” the remarkable, true story of the life and times of Pope John Paul II. It is the first biopic on the life of the late Pontiff produced and broadcast on American television.
The late Pontiff watched this movie before he died, and the Vatican is quoted as saying the Pope was “impressed” and “appreciative.” Moreover, Pope Benedict XVI screened this film on May 19 (the day after what would have been Pope John Paul II’s 85th birthday) for the Cardinals, Bishops, priests and other authorities. Pope Benedict issued a statement (attached here) about the authentic recreation of Karol Wojtyla’s life – a man the current Pope knew, loved and regarded as a dear friend -- and the transformative journey that led a small boy in Poland to grow up to become the Pope.
The Hallmark Channel proudly highlights the beautiful performances of the international cast, led by Piotr Adamcyzk, Malgorzata Bela, Ken Duken, Matt Craven and Raoul Bova. “A Man Who Became Pope” is based on Gian Franco Svidercoschi’s book Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of John Paul II. The movie was filmed entirely on locations throughout Italy and Eastern Europe. “A Man Who Became Pope” is presented by Pietro Valsecchi, produced by Taodue/RTI, in association with Capri Film. Giacomo Battiato directed “A Man Who Became Pope.”
The U.S. television premiere of “A Man Who Became Pope” is Monday, August 15 (8/7 c) only on the Hallmark Channel.
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