Pope Francis profiled in Wim Wenders film
Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AP / Andrew Medichini)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, May 19, 2017 2:05PM EDT
CANNES, France -- In a first for the Vatican, Pope Francis has participated in a documentary that producers tout as "a historic nonfiction film."
Focus Features announced Friday at the Cannes Film Festival that it has acquired worldwide rights to "Pope Francis - A Man of His Word."
The film, directed by Wim Wenders, is a co-production with the Vatican. It's only the second time the Vatican has collaborated with outside filmmakers and the first to grant direct access to a pope.
Producers said Wenders' film features Pope Francis responding to questions from around the globe and discussing ecology, immigration, consumerism and social justice.
Wenders, the German filmmaker of the angels-on-Earth classic "Wings of Desire," was granted several lengthy audiences with the pope for the film.
No release date was announced.