A news release that may be of interest.
Hallmark Channel is honored to present the U.S. television premiere
of, "A Man Who Became Pope," the remarkable, true story of the life
and times of Pope John Paul II. It is the first biopic on the life
of the late Pontiff produced and broadcast on American television.
The late Pontiff watched this movie before he died, and the Vatican
is quoted as saying the Pope was "impressed" and "appreciative."
Moreover, Pope Benedict XVI screened this film on May 19 (the day
after what would have been Pope John Paul II's 85th birthday) for
the Cardinals, Bishops, priests and other authorities. Pope
Benedict issued a statement (attached here) about the authentic
recreation of Karol Wojtyla's life a man the current Pope knew,
loved and regarded as a dear friend -- and the transformative
journey that led a small boy in Poland to grow up to become the Pope.
The Hallmark Channel proudly highlights the beautiful performances
of the international cast, led by Piotr Adamcyzk, Malgorzata Bela,
Ken Duken, Matt Craven and Raoul Bova. "A Man Who Became Pope" is
based on Gian Franco Svidercoschi's book Stories of Karol: The
Unknown Life of John Paul II. The movie was filmed entirely on
locations throughout Italy and Eastern Europe. "A Man Who Became
Pope" is presented by Pietro Valsecchi, produced by Taodue/RTI, in
association with Capri Film. Giacomo Battiato directed "A Man Who
The U.S. television premiere of "A Man Who Became Pope" is Monday,
August 15 (8/7 c) only on the Hallmark Channel.
A truly remarkable story always starts at the beginning! We'd
appreciate any help you could provide in helping to spread the news
about this wonderful project and amazing man.
Thank you, in advance, for your time and consideration. If you need
further information, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Sr. Publicist, Network Program Publicity