An exclusive screening of the Filipino-produced historical film, ‘Ignacio de Loyola’ was held at the Salle della Filmoteca Vaticana in Vatican City last June 14 and garnered well-deserved praises from the holy land’s luminaries.
Filipino film director Paolo Dy revealed that the viewers had “a good show”; he added that those who were present expressed their approval and that the film, “reflected a clear idea of who St. Ignatius was”.
A Facebook post from Dy confirmed that “Ignacio de Loyola became the first Filipino film to screen at this intimate, beautiful theater in the heart of the Vatican.”
In addition, Dy proudly revealed that even if the movie’s cast was composed of Spanish actors led by Andreas Muñoz, the post-production of the movie was created entirely in the Philippines.
The audience came from important religious circles like the members of the Secretariat for Vatican Communication, as well as well-known Catholic media organizations based in Italy. Also present were the Jesuit General Fr. Adolo Nicolas, S.J. and his council; Sisters of Sacro Costato; the Superior General of the Saint Paul de Chartres and her council; Dr. Claudia di Giovanni of the Vatican Secretariat for Social Communication; and Abp. Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, Secretary of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.
The movie was based on the story of the life of St. Ignatius of Loyala, a Spanish knight, and how he struggled with depression and guilt from his former life of vice and violence. The story continued on how he later on found absolution in his faith, an essential part of his soldier-saint conversion.
The film was produced by Jesuit Communications, the media arm, based in the Philippines, of the Society of Jesus.
The schedule release of the movie, “Ignacio de Loyola” in Philippine theaters will be next week, July 27 and its international screenings will follow shortly after.