The ongoing interest in all things papal has made for some meaty news coverage. It’s also brought back a movie called “We Have a Pope” to theaters (OK, theater). The Italian-language film, from actor-auteur Nanni Moretti, reopened at New York’s Lincoln Plaza this past weekend, where it tallied $3,500, according to distributor IFC Films.
There’s a reason the film is back on the big screen, Though completed in 2011 and initially released a year ago, its plot is eerily similar to what’s been happening at the Vatican over the past few months, what with the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XIV, a quickly convened papal conclave and the naming of the Argentine cardinal who would take the name Pope Francis.
“It’s quite amazing that Nanni could predict so well what’s going to happen only a couple years later considering it’s never happened before, “ Domenico Procacci, one of the film’s producers, said by phone from Rome.
The film tinkers with the same idea of a pope unsure about whether he wants the job and what happens when the outside world gets a peek, however small, into the veiled workings of the Vatican. Moretti largely plays it for comedy — the man selected actually tries to escape into the streets of Rome — but filmgoers will have a hard time keeping the news headlines out of mind when they watch it.