Karol, a Man Who Became Pope

Karol, człowiek który został papieżem, 2005, 186 min.

Karol, a Man Who Became Pope (2005)


Director Giacomo Battiato
Screenplay Giacomo Battiato (based on “Karol’s Story”, the novel by Gian Franco Svidercoschi)
Cinematography Giovanni Mammolotti
Music Ennio Morricone
Art Director Janusz Sosnowski
Producer Pietro Valsecchi
Karol Wojtyla Piotr Adamczyk
Tomasz Zaleski Raoul Bova
Captain Macke Szymon Bobrowski
Karol’s Father Olgierd Lukaszewicz
Professor Wojcik Kenneth Welsh
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski Lech Mackiewicz
Father Stanislaw Andrzej Descur
Wiktor Mateusz Damiecki
Hania Malgosia Bela
Pawel Radoslaw Pazura
Hans Frank Matt Craven
Young Woman at the Tapsodyczny Theatre Roma Gasiorowska
Secret Police Eryk Lubos

The true story of Karol Wojtyla, cover his life from his youth in Poland during Nazi occupation, than communist Poland, to his assumption of the papacy in 1978 as the first non-Italian Pope since Hadrian VI, nearly five centuries earlier.

It is the year 1939. The German troops have invaded Poland. Karol, a student of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, witnesses the arrest of his professors and the brutal breaking of human rights by Germans. He decides not to become a soldier but rather to devote his life to saving the spiritual heritage of his nation. He loses people close to him: his father and his friends. He is trying to prove the existence of human and religious values in the world affected by evil. He becomes a priest…

This film depicts a future pope as a charismatic man sensitive to human suffering.

The shooting started at the end of the life of John Paul II, but the film had its premiere after the pope’s death.