Fatima (2020)


Introduction

Fátima is a 2020 faith-based drama film directed by Marco Pontecorvo.

It stars Joaquim de Almeida, Goran Višnjić, Harvey Keitel, Sônia Braga, Stephanie Gil, Alejandra Howard, Jorge Lamelas and Lúcia Moniz.

Outline

A 10-year-old shepherd, Lúcia dos Santos, and her two young cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, report having received apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, circa 1917. Their revelations inspire believers but anger officials of both the Catholic Church and the secular government, who try to force them to recant their story. As word of their prophecy spreads, tens of thousands of religious pilgrims flock to the site to witness what became known as the Miracle of the Sun.

Cast

  • Joaquim de Almeida as Father Ferreira.
  • Goran Višnjić as Artur de Oliveira Santos.
  • Stephanie Gil as young Lúcia dos Santos.
  • Alejandra Howard as Lúcia’s cousin Jacinta Marto.
  • Jorge Lamelas as Lúcia’s cousin Francisco Marto.
  • Lúcia Moniz as Maria Rosa.
  • Marco d’Almeida as António.
  • Joana Ribeiro as the Virgin Mary.
  • Sônia Braga as Sister Lúcia (Lúcia dos Santos later in life).
  • Harvey Keitel as Professor Nichols.

Production

Development

Pontecorvo’s first feature directorial credit was the drama Pa-ra-da. His cinematography credits include work on HBO’s Game of Thrones and Rome.

Bob Berney and Jeanne R. Berney, co-heads of the film label Picturehouse, acquired the North American rights to the film in 2019. The Berneys made the deal with James T. Volk, chairman and founder of Origin Entertainment, which produced the film in collaboration with Elysia Productions and Rose Pictures. While at Newmarket Films, Bob Berney released and oversaw the marketing strategy for Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.

Filming

In May 2017 the production filmed the 100th Year Anniversary Mass in Fátima, celebrated by Pope Francis, and portions of the footage are used in the end credit sequence. Principal photography began in September 2018 and the film was entirely shot on location in Portugal. Scenes were filmed in Fátima, Sesimbra, Cidadelhe (Pinhel), Tomar, Coimbra and Tapada de Mafra.

Release

Fatima was released in 215 theatres and digitally through Premium Video on demand on 28 August 2020, by Picturehouse. Originally scheduled to release on 24 April, it was later postponed till 14 August 2020, and again until 28 August, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

On 07 May 2021, it opened in 380 AMC Theatres via their $5 Fan Faves deal.

Trivia

  • The film, based on the 1917 Our Lady of Fátima events, features the original song “Gratia Plena” (“Full of Grace”), performed by Andrea Bocelli and composed by Italian composer Paolo Buonvino.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Marco Pontecorvo.
  • Producer(s):
    • Jake Alden-Falconer … associate producer.
    • John H. Brister … line producer.
    • Stefano Buono … producer.
    • Holly Carney … executive producer.
    • Giuseppe Cioccarelli … line producer.
    • Pedro Coelho … production executive: wondr.
    • Gerardo Fernandes … line producer.
    • Edoardo Ferretti … co-producer.
    • David Fischer … executive producer.
    • Rose Ganguzza … producer.
    • Natasha Howes … producer.
    • Ute Leonhardt … co-producer.
    • Maribel Lopera Sierra … producer.
    • Richard I. Lyles … producer.
    • Matthew J. Malek … executive producer.
    • Nuno Martins … line producer.
    • Sofia Noronha … production executive: wondr.
    • Marco Pontecorvo … producer.
    • Marco Valerio Pugini … executive producer.
    • Frida Torresblanco … executive producer.
    • James T. Volk … producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Valerio D’Annunzio.
    • Barbara Nicolosi.
    • Marco Pontecorvo.
  • Music:
    • Paolo Buonvino.
  • Cinematography:
    • Vincenzo Carpineta.
  • Editor(s):
    • Alessio Doglione.
  • Production:
    • Origin Entertainment.
    • Rose Pictures.
    • Panorama Films.
    • Snow Entertainment (Special Thanks).
  • Distributor(s):
    • Picturehouse (2020) (USA) (theatrical).
    • Diamond Films (2020) (Argentina) (theatrical).
    • Elevation Pictures (2020) (Canada) (theatrical).
    • SAJE Distribution (2021) (France) (theatrical).
    • Capelight Pictures (2021) (Germany) (Blu-ray).
    • Capelight Pictures (2021) (Germany) (DVD).
    • Cinemundo (2021) (Portugal) (all media).
    • Myriad Pictures (2020) (World-wide) (all media).
    • Storm Pictures Korea (2020) (Korea) (all media).
  • Release Date: 14 August 2020 (Canada).
  • Rating: 12.
  • Running Time: 113 minutes.
  • Country: US and Portugal.
  • Language: English.

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