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Francis of Assisi

Title: Francis of Assisi
Original title: Francesco
Format: 2 x two hours, HD
Starring: Mateusz Kosciukiewicz
Sara Serraiocco
Vinicio Marchioni
Giselda Volodi
Benjamin Sadler (SIDE EFFECTS)
Rutger Hauer
Directed by: Liliana Cavani
Produced by: Ciao Ragazzi and Rai Fiction in collaboration with Tellux, BR and Beta
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Francis of Assisi

Ambassador of the poor and the humble

Francis – a young man very much of this world, who enjoys life, conversations with his friend Clare, and roughhousing with his friends. After experiencing a vision, he feels mysteriously drawn to give up his earthly goods to live in poverty, and begins preaching peace, brotherhood and solidarity. A colorful array of events encapsulate the life and times of the saint, from the Fifth Crusade to his meeting with Sultan Al Malik-Al Kamil; from being brought to trial for theft by his father to conflicts of authority between Francis and the Pope; and to problems concerning women's convents. Yet throughout the ordeals of his life, Francis never loses sight of the order he has founded – the Franciscan Brotherhood – which grows into a mighty Christian organization that still continues to help the poor today.

In this bright and buoyant biopic on the life of Francis of Assisi, Italy's great filmmaker Liliana Cavani relates the fundamental stages of Francis' life in the reminiscences of two of his most faithful followers, Clare and Elias of Cortona. With his boyish smile and charisma, young Polish actor Mateusz Kosciukiewicz is an ideal Francis with a magnetic appeal. He also provides a powerful counterweight to Hollywood star Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Inside the Third Reich) in the role of Francis' father.