The first two installments of the original HBO series The Young Pope, will be presented as a special event at Venice.
Written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, The Young Pope stars two time Oscar nominee Jude Law, Oscar winner Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, Tony Bertorelli and James Cromwell and will be screened out of competition.
Says Sorrentino, “It is an honor for me to come back to Venice. I was there with my first film and I am returning now my first television series. I don’t think it’s a coincidence; I think that today like then, the Venice Film Festival takes risks with its choices. 15 years ago they made one selecting my first work, and this year they reaffirm their openness about television, recognizing its role in visual language.
The world premiere of the first two installments of The Young Pope will be screened in the Sala Grande on Lido. The series is an original production by Sky, HBO and Canal+ and it will debut on HBO in October, Sky in October in 5 countries (Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland and Austria) and in France on Canal+.
It tells the story of Lenny Belardo, alias Pio XIII, the first American pope in history. Young and charming, is his election the result of media strategy by the church?
Hey there Paolo, this old lady blogger will be hunting you down in Venice for a selfie, so be forewarned!