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WE HAVE A POPE [Habemus Papam]

Nanni Moretti's latest is a gentle farce centered around papal succession in the Catholic Church: what if a newly elected pontiff got cold feet, in the time between the College of Cardinals' election (declaring him infallible) and the announcement of "Habemus Papam" to the public in St. Peter's Square, ensnaring the clergy in a doctrinal loophole of suspended succession? Call a shrink, of course. Writer/director/star Moretti is the skeptical psychiatrist, Jerzy Stuhr is the Vatican PR spokesman in furious spin mode, and Michel Piccoli shines as the indecisive Pope-elect, giving a nuanced performance that ranks among the very best in his 60-plus-year career. Official Selection, 2011 Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Toronto Film Festivals.

DIR/SCR/PROD Nanni Moretti; SCR Francesco Piccolo, Federica Pontremoli; PROD Jean Labadie, Domenico Procacci. Italy/France, 2011, color, 102 min. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Sat, Nov 12, 6:00; Sun, Nov 13, 3:30

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