Habemus Papam

Habemus Papam
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Habemus Papam
Italy, 2011, 104 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
Topics: Comedy, Drama, Religion
Program: Modern Masters
Language: Italian, German, Latin, English English Sub-Titles

Habemus papam!, the Latin for “We have a Pope!” is the phrase that announces the election of the new pontiff–but what happens if the chosen man does not want the job? In Nanni Moretti’s wry comic drama, the newly elected Pope, Cardinal Melville suffers a panic attack just as he is due to appear on St. Peter’s balcony to greet the faithful who have been patiently awaiting the conclave’s decision. When the Cardinal’s advisors are unable to convince Melville that he is the right man for the job, they seek help from a renowned psychoanalyst - and atheist - played by director Moretti. But the fear of the responsibility suddenly thrust on him is one problem that Melville must face on his own. While Moretti and his coscreenwriters provide their own take on a very specific world, the themes of the film and the protagonist’s anguish carry a universal resonance that speaks to audiences far removed from the Vatican.

DIRECTOR: Nanni Moretti
Producer: Nanni Moretti, Domenico Procacci
Editor: Esmeralda Calabria
Screenwriter: Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo, Fererica Pontremoli
Cinematographer: Alessandro Pesci
Music: Franco Piersanti
Principal Cast: Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti, Jerzy Stuhr, Renato Scarpa, Franco Graziosi, Margherita Buy, Dario Cantarelli
Filmography: Il Caimano (2006), The Son’s Room (2001), Aprile (1998), Dear Diary (1993), Red Lob (1989)
Print Source: Sundance Selects - www.sundanceselects.com

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