ROME: Martin Scorsese is on a post-Cannes tour of Italy where, over the weekend, the director, known for his religious leanings, met Pope Francis and announced that he will make a film about Jesus, reports said. Variety’.
Scorsese was recently at the Cannes Film Festival, where his film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” with Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio, received a standing ovation after it was screened.
“I have responded to the Pope’s appeal to artists in the only way I know how: by imagining and writing a screenplay for a film about Jesus,” Scorsese said Saturday during a Rome conference at the Vatican. said during the Rome Conference at the Vatican. Variation’.
“And I’m going to start making it,” the director said, suggesting it could be his next film.
Also on Saturday, before attending the conference — titled “Global Aesthetics of the Catholic Imagination” — Scorsese and his wife Helen Morris met with Pope Francis during a brief private audience at the Vatican.
The Jesuit publication “La Civilta Católica” and Georgetown University organized the conference. The religious magazine’s editor, Antonio Spadaro, said on the publication’s website that Scorsese, interspersed between references to his films and personal anecdotes, explained in his conversation “how the appeal of the Holy Father to ‘let us see Jesus’ inspired him.” “.
Scorsese, notes ‘Variety’, cites his admiration for Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Gospel According to Saint Matthew”. He also spoke about the meaning of his 1988 epic “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “the subsequent steps of his research on the figure of Jesus”, as illustrated by his small-scale 2016 play “Silence” about the persecution of the Jesuits. was gone 17th Century Japan.
The film was screened at the Vatican in 2016. Francis is the first Jesuit pope and is known to have joined the Jesuit order in hopes of becoming a missionary to Japan.