Today, a short post bringing to your attention two films that should be worth looking out for in 2012, and a reminder about a film that is out now. It is a rare joy to be able to highlight three new films that include the Catholic Church without either being ludicrous or hypercritical.
The first film, for which credit for bringing it to our attention must be given to Fr Tim Finigan is the War of the Vendée. It looks as if it will be an astonishing film, notable not only for its use of a cast of 250 young Catholics, but in that it dares to tell what is a very politically incorrect and unfashionable story, being the story of the uprising by and then brutal crushing of loyal Catholics in the dark days of vicious religious repression that followed the French Revolution. The film is due out in January 2012.
In recent years, there has been much debate over whether or not the War of the Vendée constituted the first genocide of modern times. The debate has focused on the technicalities of the definition of the word genocide, which in the circumstances seems rather irrelevant. What is not in dispute is that the Revolutionary forces massacred Catholics who had done no wrong other than to refuse to colloborate with the barbaric excesses of the new regime, and who were prepared to fight for the Faith.
The second, much happier, film is The Unseen World, a film that will cover the life of Blessed John Henry Newman, particularly focusing on the priestly life and its challenges and blessings. This Rome Reports footage talks of the film being released in mid 2011, but it seems that it is now scheduled for release in June 2012.
Finally, you might still be able to catch We Have A Pope as it is being labelled in the UK, Habemus Papam in certain other countries. It is a tale of a newly elected Pope who has a panic attack at the thought of his new responsibilities, and of his programme of treatment. The settings are beautiful, and the attention paid to getting the wardrobe correct is impressive.
Enjoy the films.