The first 2 episodes of The Young Pope by Paolo Sorrentino will be presented on September 3 at venezia73
The first two episodes of the original series The Young Pope, written and directed by the Oscar® winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino and starring twice-Oscar®-nominated Jude Law, Oscar® winner Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, Tony Bertorelli and James Cromwell, will be the Out-of-Competition special event at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival (August 31 – September 10, 2016), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale, chaired by Paolo Baratta.
Says Alberto Barbera, “It is a great pleasure, as well as a privilege, to present at the Venice Film Festival the world premiere of the first two episodes of Paolo Sorrentino’s much-awaited television series. He is a filmmaker who dares to take risks, who – fearlessly and with his customary creative and innovative spirit – tackles the language of television series, the new expressive frontier which many filmmakers, primarily foreign, have already tried their hand at. The result will not fail to kindle sincere emotion and, above all, invigorating and boundless surprise.”
Notes Paolo Sorrentino: “It is an honor for me to return to Venice. I was here with my first film and now I’m returning with my first television series. Since I don’t believe in coincidences, I prefer to think that, today like back then, the Festival is daring to choose. Fifteen years ago, it did so by selecting a young director’s first movie; this year by reaffirming its open-mindedness toward television, recognizing the role that series play in the evolution of visual communication.”
The world premiere of the first two episodes of The Young Pope will be screened on September 3rd in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido di Venezia.
The Young Pope is an original production of Sky, HBO and Canal+ and, starting in October, will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic in 5 countries (Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and Austria) and in France on Canal+.
The series The Young Pope is produced by Wildside and co-produced by Haut et Court TV and MEDIAPRO. The executive producers for Wildside are Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani, along with John Lyons. The executive producers for Haut et Court TV are Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal; the MEDIAPRO executive producers are Jaume Roures and Javier Mendez; the executive producers for Sky Italia are Nils Hartmann, Roberto Amoroso and Sonia Rovai. The international distributor is FremantleMedia International.
The Young Pope tells the story of Lenny Belardo, alias Pius XIII, the first American Pope. Young and charming, his election seems to be the result of a simple yet effective media strategy on the part of the College of Cardinals. But appearances can be deceptive. Above all, in the place and among the people who have chosen the great mystery of God as the compass guiding their existence. That place is the Vatican and those people are the leaders of the Church. And Pius XIII proves to be the most mysterious and contradictory of them all. Shrewd and naïve, ironical and pedantic, primeval and cutting-edge, doubting and resolute, melancholy and ruthless, Pius XIII tries to cross the endless river of human solitude to find a God he can give to mankind. And to himself.