The Nativity Story to receive Vatican world premiere
Story by Jack Foley
THE Nativity Story will become the first feature film ever to premiere at the Vatican when it is shown on Sunday, November 26, 2006.
The premiere will be held at the Vatican’s Aulo Paolo VI (Pope Paul VI Hall) and will be attended by the film’s director Catherine Hardwicke, actors Shohreh Aghdashloo and Oscar Isaac, producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, screenwriter Mike Rich, and 7,000 invited guests of the Vatican.
The event will serve as a benefit, with contributions going toward construction of a school in the village of Mughar, Israel – which has a diverse population of Christians, Muslims, and Druze and is located approximately 40 kilometres from Nazareth.
Commenting on the premiere, Rolf Mittweg, President and COO of New Line’s Worldwide Distribution and Marketing, said: “We are very proud of The Nativity Story and extremely grateful that the Vatican has embraced the film in this way.
“We believe it is the perfect venue to present the film’s universal message of hope and faith, a message we are sure will resonate around the world.”
The Nativity Story chronicles the arduous journey of two people, Mary and Joseph, a miraculous pregnancy and the history-defining birth of Jesus.
It stars Academy Award® nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) as Mary, Oscar Isaac (upcoming Guerrilla) as Joseph, and Academy Award® nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) as Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist.
The Nativity Story is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) from a screenplay by Mike Rich (Finding Forrester).
The Vatican screening has been made possible due to the collaboration of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, the Vatican Film Library, the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” (for Human and Christian Development), the Vicariate of Vatican City State, and the Foundation for Sacred Art and Music.