Wim Wenders, Francis, on location during 'Pope Francis - A Man of His Word.'
Photo courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival
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There is a moment in the film "Pope Francis – A Man of His Word" when you realize what he is up against. The Argentine is dressing down the cardinals and bejeweled princes of the Curia who run the Catholic Church, lacerating them for their greed, back-stabbing and lust for power.The picture that emerges of Francis from Wenders' unprecedented access is of a man determined to transform a vast wealthy institution into "a poor church for poor people".Wenders, who's helmed such diverse titles as "Wings of Desire," "Paris, Texas" and "The Buena Vista Social Club," believes this pontiff has the steeliness to do it.A lapsed Catholic who rediscovered his faith in a "friendly God" after his father's death, Wenders sees the 81-year-old as a revolutionary.Wenders said he was also touched by the pope's deep tolerance of other religions and lifestyles.
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